Rebecca Alber

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Tags Student Engagement
May 21, 2012

I don't know about your students, but so many of mine, coupled with Senioritis, were DONE after state testing. (The well had run dry, no blood from a turnip -- all those sayings applied!) With just a few precious weeks left in the school year, what do you do to keep the kids energized and...

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Tags Student Engagement
March 13, 2012

I made a good number of blunders my first year teaching that still make me cringe. I learned though. And it's fair to say, when it comes to managing a classroom, most of what we learn as new teachers is trial by fire. It's also smart to heed the advice of those who have walked -- and stumbled...

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Tags Teacher Leadership
February 6, 2012

"Books will soon be obsolete in the schools. Our school system will be completely changed in 10 years." -- Thomas Edison, 1913

Sound familiar? Ninety-nine years later, we are hearing nearly verbatim today. Educational technology is a...

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Tags Teacher Leadership
January 9, 2012

It's easy to get caught up in the worlds of the tikes, teens, or tweens we teach. I remember after a couple of years of teaching eleventh graders, I would fall into speaking teenspeak to my friends. They would give me a funny look as I said, "And you know, it's like, whatever."

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Tags Assessment
December 6, 2011

Updated 01/2014

The job of a teacher is to be faithful to authentic student learning. Currently, our profession is fixated on results from one test, from one day, given near the end of the school year. And, yes, that is data that can be useful, however, we teachers spend the...

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Tags Teacher Leadership
October 19, 2011

Teachers have all experienced a professional development that is so way off target, or one that had nothing to do with what they teach or who they teach. We teachers can talk about having to sit in poorly-run, irrelevant PD like they are war stories.

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Tags New-Teacher Support
September 9, 2011
20th Anniversary Edutopia logo

In honor of Edutopia's 20th anniversary, we're producing a series of Top 20 lists, from the practical to the...

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Tags Teacher Leadership
July 19, 2011

Learning progresses primarily from prior knowledge, and only secondarily from the materials we present to students, studies show. Think about that. We teachers spend so much time gathering materials -- important and necessary for good instruction -- but are we often enough using the greatest...

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Tags Teacher Leadership
June 6, 2011

Some teachers like to get back all their classroom library books before the school year ends. I was not that teacher. Check 'em out, read 'em, and share 'em. A dog-eared, weathered book returned in fall (or not) is an ideal book in my book.

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Tags Education Trends
April 8, 2011

A recent survey found that a good number of teachers are concerned about resources -- or a lack of -- for struggling students and those...

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Literacy, social justice, blended learning, engaging students, and differentiated instruction
UCLA, Stanford University