Recent Blog Posts


You'll find practical classroom strategies and tips from real educators, as well as lesson ideas, personal stories, and innovative approaches to improving your teaching practice. If you have any thoughts or comments about these blogs, please don't hesitate to let us know.

Elena AguilarDecember 28, 2010

I regularly set intentions before a meeting or before teaching a class, or at the start of the day. Declaring my intentions (sometimes in writing, sometimes spoken to someone, sometimes only articulated in my head) helps me set a direction for how I would like things to go. I find that when I set an intention, my actions and words are more likely to follow that intention, even when I've consciously forgotten about it. So of course, I set intentions at the start of the year -- both the academic and calendar year.

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Mary Beth HertzDecember 22, 2010

So it's time for a little healthy competition here at the Elementary Technology Integration blog.

I have a brand new copy of Steve Johnson's new book, Digital Tools for Teaching: 30 E-tools for Collaborating, Creating, and Publishing across the Curriculum to give away to a lucky reader.

Tell us about a colleague you work with who would benefit from the book and why. Submit your nominee using the form below along with a lesson that integrates technology.

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Heather Wolpert-GawronDecember 22, 2010

Last week was my final week of teaching for this school year as I take a leave of absence to have my second son in January. This is an interesting predicament for a teacher, in that for the time you are with your students, your heart is closely tied to their daily challenges, victories, and failures.

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Ben JohnsonDecember 20, 2010

Up until now, I have stayed away from hot-bed political conversations but I am now right in the middle of one: Performance-based pay for teachers. I am currently managing a grant to implement performance-based compensation systems in ten charter schools and the fun is only beginning.

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Andrew MarcinekDecember 16, 2010

Students get it. They understand how easy it is to connect with one another, but don't fully realize the greater potential. As educators, we have all benefited greatly from our personal learning network or critical friends group. Some of us have garnered a job, found great content area resources, or tuned in to a conference. But are we transferring that potential to our students? And if so, are we giving them the proper guidance to travel down these varied paths?

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EdutopiaDecember 16, 2010

Today's guest blogger is Linda Rosen, the CEO of Change the Equation. She has over 35 years of experience helping to develop and implement innovative, strategic frameworks and policies that support high quality STEM teaching and learning, grades PreK-16. She has taught mathematics and mathematics education from high school through graduate school.

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Todd FinleyDecember 15, 2010

Editor's Note: Today's guest blogger is Stephanie West-Puckett, a National Writing Project Teacher Consultant and a Teaching Instructor, Department of English, at East Carolina University

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Elena AguilarDecember 14, 2010

My last post on literature circles got me all excited for a spell. I basked in the memories of kids discovering a love of reading; those were some good days for me as a teacher. And then I remembered the days that proceeded those good days, the five months I spent training students to do literature circles and have deep discussions.

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Bob LenzDecember 10, 2010

As I read and hear about education change, this is one of the most common phrases I hear: "We need innovative approaches to our educational crisis." But what do we mean exactly when we say innovation?

As I read and hear about education change, this is one of the most common phrases I hear: "We need innovative approaches to our educational crisis." But what do we mean exactly when we say innovation? Read More

Suzie BossDecember 9, 2010

When the regular school day ends at Maryland's Springbrook High School, the fun begins in earnest for girls who are part of an after-school club that focuses on game programming.

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