By Teachers, For Teachers
|Getting Controversial in Discussion?
Started by Pamela on: Sep 10, 2010
With 9/11 tomorrow, I've been going debating discussing the current controversy over the Mosque at Ground Zero and the Quran burning protest. It seems like a teachable moment that could spur thoughtful discussion about religious freedom vs. freedom of express and even national security. My only concern is that it's a very controversial topic. Do you think some hot button issues are best left out of the classroom, especially so early in the term?
| Last comment: Apr 22, 2013 at 6:04pm
|Who inspired you?
Started by TeachHub Anon on: Jul 16, 2009
I'm working on a new site called ThanksTo.com, specifically for thanking the people who do great things and who influence our lives in a positive way.
We are running a campaign to champion the very best teachers, the ones who've made a lasting impact on the lives of those they've taught. We want to make sure they get the recognition they deserve. Tell us about the teachers who inspired you to go into teaching : who would you thank? Do you have any inspirational, funny or unusual stories to share?
By running this campaign on ThanksTo we hope to raise the profile of the teachers who've helped your communities, show the profession in a positive light and ultimately help to encourage a new generation to go into teaching.
| Last comment: Apr 22, 2013 at 6:02pm
|Cold War Museum
Started by Lori on: May 05, 2011
I used google sketchup to have the students create a 3D Cold War museum. They were able to put 3D artifacts in each room, do voiceovers to describe each artifact and use animation to take us on a virtual tour. When they were done, they just hit a button and it automatically walked us around the room and the voiceovers explained each artifact. This project incorporated history with 21st Century Skills.
| Last comment: Apr 22, 2013 at 5:41pm
Started by TeachHub Anon on: Dec 21, 2009
My grades were due this morning. They're posted and done and I AM FREE (for a few weeks at least.)
| Last comment: Apr 22, 2013 at 5:40pm
|Fun summer school
Started by TeachHub Anon on: Jul 15, 2009
Twitter seems to be teeming with stories about summer school programs for gifted students filled with fun, interactive lessons that challenge them in waysthat"make sure that a day at camp doesn't feel like a day in the classroom."
After being jealous that I couldn't be in the camps myself,a few questions occurred to me:
How can I integrate more of these types of activities in my classroom?
Is this what all school would be without the standards/curriculum regulation?
Wouldn't all students benefit from this learning environment?
| Last comment: Apr 22, 2013 at 5:31pm
|You Know You're a Teacher When
Started by Pamela on: May 17, 2010
You get super excited about a cool pencil sharpener, stickers or bulletin board themes!Just saw this funny group on facebook and wanted to see who else had ideas.
| Last comment: Apr 22, 2013 at 5:27pm
|Holiday Classroom Activites-Suggestions?
Started by Patty on: Dec 06, 2010
Does anyone have any appropriate holiday classroom activities for middle school students? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
| Last comment: Apr 22, 2013 at 5:09pm
Started by TeachHub Anon on: Aug 21, 2009
Looking for ideas for a classroom theme. I really want my class to be the most original in school this year. I just read about a Hollywood theme that was pretty fun.
Any other out-of-this world themes you've used and love?
| Last comment: Apr 22, 2013 at 4:38pm
Started by Cheri on: May 26, 2011
Most of us new teachers have to survive our salaries by pinching pennies! Here's a website that shares year-round teacher discounts for all sorts of things including clothing, travel, mortgages and more. www.TotallyTeacher.com. Please share any other year-round discounts you may know of. CheriTeacher by Day, Discount Hunter by Night
| Last comment: Apr 22, 2013 at 4:28pm
Started by Darren on: Feb 23, 2012
I wanted to invite all of the new teachers to check out http://www.bubbabrain.com. This website has over 4000 k-12 games ready to be played by your students. You can sign up on the website if you are interested in creating games for your classroom. The website is perfect for smartboards!! This is a FREE resource for students and teachers! Darren McCarty AP US Rochester, NY
| Last comment: Apr 22, 2013 at 3:15pm
|Back to school activities and Classroom management
Started by TeachHub Anon on: Aug 11, 2009
What are some good back to school activities that you use ? We only have three days next week with children so what can I do that will be beneficial for those three days? I also need to know good positive classroom management strategies and how to teach those strategies?
| Last comment: Apr 22, 2013 at 3:05pm
|Antarctic blog and Facebook page
Started by TeachHub Anon on: Nov 21, 2009
Inviting all science teachers to join Miami University's Antarctic Connection fan page on Facebook! On December 23, five researchers from Miami University and Ohio State University will travel to Antarctica to study a wingless fly that can freeze; lose up to 2/3 of it's body water; and tolerate wide swings in temperature, pH, and salinity. In addition to the fan page, we'll be detailing our adventures on a blog(http://frozenfly.edublogs.org). Blog posts start December 1, on the anniversary of the signing of the Antarctic Treaty.
| Last comment: Apr 22, 2013 at 10:33am
|Leaving Behind the Trouble Makers
Started by TeachHub Anon on: Aug 05, 2009
Agree/Disagree:"If the state wants to increase the graduation rate, it should begin by making it easier to kick out the troublemakers."
| Last comment: Apr 22, 2013 at 9:40am
|Character Education Games
Started by Jenny on: Aug 03, 2010
We have recently made our website more interactive for educators and even parents at home. The character education game section we now offer on our website can be used as an activity in the class, if your classroom is equipped with computers and/or a projector, or at home. It's a fun and simple way to open up discussion for our character traits. You can play the games for free at http://www.charactersofcharacter.org/games.html and to learn more about our character education program please visit http://www.shopcharacter.comWe're always open to new suggestions so don't hesitate to contact us!-Jenny"
| Last comment: Apr 22, 2013 at 9:19am
|Summer School Overdrive
Started by Hazel on: Jul 06, 2010
Behavior problems are absolutely out of control in my summer school class. It's so many kids who didn't even want to be here during the school year, so I'm at a loss. I've tried class outside, extremely interactive activities and every other thing I could thing of, but I'm struggling to get them to engage. Any help would be appreciated!
| Last comment: Apr 22, 2013 at 8:21am
Started by Jen on: Jun 03, 2010
Does anyone else get the summer blues in the first few days out of school?I am so used to going to school everyday that I feel a little aimless. Today, I started looking up Masters programs when I hadn't planned on going back. I have a feeling that once I get into a good routine, I'll get over this little bout of beginning-of-summer blues, so I'm trying not to jump in head first. Am I the only one?
| Last comment: Apr 22, 2013 at 6:50am
|MATH PRACTICE AND LEARNING : FREE FOR TEACHERS
Started by Dan on: Nov 09, 2010
Hi,TenMarks has launched a math practice and learning program for grades 3-High School and as of today, it's FREE for teachers to use in class or for their students to use at home.The TenMarks approach gives students a variety of problems on each topic, and ability to use hints if they need a little nudge, and immediate video lessons for them to refresh and learn the topic : on the spot. The end result : students refresh what they know and learn what they don't.Teachers choose their own curriculum (mapped to state standards), assign work to students, have it automatically graded immediately, review individual and class performance, and most importantly, take immediate action. TenMarks is super effective and real easy to use : it was designed with the help of math teachers across the country. What's more - it's FREE for the entire class!Check it out at http://www.tenmarks.com/teachersWe have already received excellent feedback from hundreds of teachers who signed up for the program in the last 3 days, since we launched. We'd be very interested in your thoughts - please share any feedback, constructive or otherwise with me directly.Dan ShermanTenMarks Education, Inc.www.tenmarks.comP.S. I would like to assure you that the purpose of posting in this group is not to spam or promote our commercial offerings. "
| Last comment: Apr 22, 2013 at 5:44am
|Low Math Test Scores! Who can help
Started by Shelley on: Jun 02, 2011
I teach at a school with 75% poverty. We are an older building without all the technology the new schools have. I am wondering if anyone out there teaches at a school similar to ours who have positive test scores who can help us out. What are you doing that works. We will try anything.
| Last comment: Apr 21, 2013 at 8:02pm
Started by TeachHub Anon on: Nov 05, 2009
Has anyone else reached that fall burnout feeling where you're just trying to keep up with the day-to-day? I hate when I get to these moments in the school year because it takes the fun out of school for me and my students.
My countdown to holiday breaks in on, but I need some "pick me up" ideas to get me back into the school spirit? Any ideas!?!?
| Last comment: Apr 21, 2013 at 5:08pm
Started by TeachHub Anon on: Dec 09, 2009
Help! Participation in my class has hit a slump and I need to get things going again.
As we get closer to finals, it seems like everyone is just burnt out and uninterested. What can I do to make these last few weeks before break count?
| Last comment: Apr 17, 2013 at 3:55pm
|Sticking to New Years Resolutions
Started by TeachHub Anon on: Dec 22, 2009
Next year, I want to come back to my classroom with new years resolutions that might actually stick.
Every year, I pretend I'll stay on top of my grading and never lose my temper and all the things you say when you start a term (it's like the weight loss regiment that starts every Jan. 1 and last until about January 7th), but I'm trying to come up with creative ways to keep it going through the year.
I'm thinking of setting monthly goals and putting them as meeting/alarms in my work email. Maybe just quick notes to refresh my positive attitude, like quoting nice things my students wrote in their Christmas cards or a goal for that school day/week.
What do you think are some good goals to include?
| Last comment: Apr 17, 2013 at 12:41pm
|To Teach Summer School or NOT to teach summer school?
Started by Colleen on: May 26, 2010
That is the question...With the end of the year at hand, I'm dying for a break from the little ones. I just got offered a slot teaching summer school and I can't decide if I should take it. On the one hand, it's only a half day and it's the best part-time pay around, but I feel like it'll be better for my mental well-being if I take a break from teaching for a few months. What should I do?
| Last comment: Apr 15, 2013 at 11:34pm
Started by TeachHub Anon on: Sep 09, 2009
Are you celebrating 09/09/09 in school today? I think I might jump my math lesson to focus on that number just for fun!
| Last comment: Apr 14, 2013 at 6:47pm
|Candy in the Classroom
Started by Hazel on: Oct 21, 2010
Are you allowed to have candy in your classroom for Halloween?Every year, we usually do a fun project where we make Halloween treats like popcorn balls or something. A memo went around saying no candy this year because of the school's I understand we need to promote healthy living, but stealing Halloween is over the top, right? I feel like the grinch is stealing one of my favorite holidays. On a more positive note, any ideas for crafts or healthier themed snacks to keep the tradition alive?
| Last comment: Apr 13, 2013 at 11:31pm
|Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!
Started by Annie on: May 05, 2010
Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!Have your students, administrators or parents done anything to celebrate?
| Last comment: Jun 03, 2011 at 5:38pm