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Teaching

Wise Use of Time Creates Calmer, Kinder Schools

For my student Andrea, the seven-hour school day is a grind. She is at school early and has AP Calculus for first period, even though she is only partially awake at that hour. She will sit in her...

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California

Across Colors Ep. 2: Oh, It’s Both of Y’all!

Episode Summary Tanzina heads to Oakland where a battle over how to teach students essential skills like reading has emerged. Some educators say methods for teaching students to read have long been...

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Teaching

Hey Shawnta! How Can I Connect With Parents When I Don't Speak Their Primary Language?

Hey Shawnta! How can I connect with parents when I don't speak their primary language? Sincerely, Lost in Translation Hi Lost in Translation, I think it’s great that you’re already thinking about how...

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Teaching

Hey Shawnta! How Do I Build a Relationship With My Child’s Teacher When We Only Connect Through Remind?

When my sons were in elementary school, we received communication in various ways. We received it through the folder in my sons’ backpacks, email, phone calls, Class Dojo, Bloomz, and via Smore...

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Teaching

Here's How We Can Fix the Teacher Shortage and Raise Teacher Quality

The American teacher shortage is headlining news stories and infiltrating social media, although there’s little consensus on whether this shortage is new or if it even exists. My Twitter feed is...

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Teaching

Criticizing Teachers Who Leave Will Not Fix the Teacher Shortage

I’ve come to accept that no matter how much I love teaching, the education system will never love me back. I’ve known this for a while, but a part of me used to believe that the system would one day...

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