How a Transparent Classroom Leads to More Effective Parent/Teacher Conferences

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One of the big buzzwords from the 2016 elections is transparency. Wikipedia’s definition of transparency is “operating in such a way that it is easy for others to see what actions are performed.” We want our candidates to provide any and all information necessary to keep us up to date so that the public has … read more »


What’s the Buzz: Differentiation

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Differentiation is one of those terms that teachers have heard a lot about over the years, but I still hear confusion over the term when I talk to other educators. Depending on their teaching situation, educators can get stuck on a single dimension of differentiation. Some think it means catering to a student’s learning profile … read more »


Begin at the Beginning, Primary Sources

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  “Begin at the beginning,” the King said, very gravely, “and go on till you come to the end: then stop. ― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland Although many of us have been in school for what seems like weeks, with the cool breezes of autumn, now is the time to think about school year … read more »


Take 5: EdTech Temperature Check with Juanita Smith

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Let’s take an ‘EdTech Temperature Check’ in five questions with Juanita Smith. Mrs. Smith is a veteran educator and long-time proponent of TeachersFirst. A true lifelong learner and skilled teacher with over 27 years of successful middle school classroom experience, Mrs. Smith now serves as an Instructional Coach for Greenville County Schools in Greenville, SC … read more »