Top 15 Teacher Resources for the Classroom

As a former teacher turned writer for an educational software company, I have learned several things over my years in these two industries. Teachers need easy-to-use, easy-to-incorporate classroom resources. Technology resources are usually the easiest to access....

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Making the Most of Your Holiday Break

With the winter holiday season rapidly approaching, students everywhere are counting down the days until they can stuff their textbooks into their lockers and not think about them until “next year.” It probably goes without saying that a lot of teachers are doing the...

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Teacher Burnout: Rekindling the Fire

In the first installment of this piece, Teacher Burnout: Feeling the Burn, I shared with you several reasons why teacher burnout is so prevalent in the United States. But all hope is not lost! In this piece, you will discover ways in which you can prevent and reverse...

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Teacher Burnout: Feeling the Burn

I began teaching in 2004. Before the start of the school year, the administration held a staff meeting. I remember sitting in awe as the principal recognized teachers beginning their 25th, 30th, and 35th years. That’s going to be me some day! I thought to myself,...

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Ohio Delays ESSA Submission to Federal Government

In an earlier blog, I highlighted a number of important proposals in Ohio's plan submitted to the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) for compliance with the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) spent over a year gathering input...

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Ohio’s State Plan for ESSA

Since the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in December of 2016, the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) has been busy preparing Ohio's draft plan which must be submitted to and approved by the U.S. Department of Education. The draft plan must adhere to...

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Get Students Writing in 7 Easy Steps

As a high school principal for over twelve years, I continually promoted the virtues of writing. Additionally, I constantly encouraged teachers to engage their students purposefully in writing during class on a daily basis. Only, I didn’t have to grade all those...

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