# Tag Archives : #SeptemberTeacherTalk

## September Teacher Talk

Posted by Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern
It’s September Teacher Talk Time…..Hopefully everyone is off to a great school year with the best classes ever.  We have so many great tips and ideas for you from awesome educators. Be sure to take a look at what everyone has to say.

If you’re interested in joining this unique group of teacher
entrepreneurs, blogging buddies and/or our blog linky, sign up here….
If you decide to join, be sure to mention one of our names.

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3 Tried & True Games to Teach Place Value & Rounding
By Kathie Yonemura of Tried and True Teaching Tools

Beginning of the year. . . I used to be so tempted to skip teaching place value because it seemed too simplistic, assuming kids knew how to read larger numbers. Plus I wanted to get on with the “real math”:multiplication and long division. WRONG! Developing number sense and place value are critical to understanding ALL math!  **************************************************
Using the Arts to Teach Perseverance
By Retta London of Rainbow City Learning

How adding the arts to your curriculum can teach perseverance.

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```Never Give Up... Persevere!
By Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern  ```

If you’ve never used read aloud picture books with your middle schoolers, you should consider it. Not only do picture books get a point across, but they’re fun, images are beautiful and they don’t take much time.. You can easily come up with ideas to reinforce what you’ve read.
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A Cheer For Spelling

Spelling practice does not have to be boring! Try this cheer to add some enthusiasm to weekly spelling words.
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The Left Angle Mystery
By Vicky Rauch of Scipi

Geometry is probably my favorite part of math to teach because it is so visual; plus, the subject lends itself to doing many hands-on activities, even with my college students. When our unit on points, lines and angles is finished, it is time for the unit test. Almost every year I ask the following question: What is a left angle? Some of the responses I have received over the years are disheartening.

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5 Steps to Creative Classroom Projects

Have you ever noticed that someone else’s class has developed much more creative writing assignments, science fair projects, or fundraising strategies? Well, either that person is extremely lucky, extremely gifted in motivating his or her students, or simply using proven methods to stimulate creativity. Chances are, that person is simply familiar with the 5-Step Creativity Process
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New Job = New Lens

The power of story…
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Teaching Perseverance: Powerful Books to Change a Student’s Mindset
By Tracy Willis of Mossy Oak Musings

Looking for themed kidlit to jazz up your language arts block? This post shares some great books around the theme of perseverance. Links to related free resources are included!

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Classroom Routines that Create a Productive Classroom Environment
By Marcy Howe of It’s A Teacher Thing

Classroom procedures are essential to creating a productive, welcoming classroom environment. Learn tips to increase productive learning time and maintain efficiency.
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## September Teacher Talk

Posted by Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

It’s September Teacher Talk Time…..Hopefully everyone is off to a great school year with the best classes ever.  We have so many great tips and ideas for you from awesome educators. Be sure to take a look at what everyone has to say.

If you’re interested in joining this unique group of teacher entrepreneurs, blogging buddies and/or our blog linky, sign up here…. If you decide to join, be sure to mention one of our names.
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A Teachable Moment in History
I remember September 11 as if it were yesterday. I woke up to a  spectacular morning, not a cloud in the deep blue sky. The day was simply perfect.
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Finding Life Mentors in Mentor Texts
I’ve been thinking a lot about mentor text lately. Mentor Text. Another piece of education-speak. Sounds official, important, and perhaps a bit daunting for a new teacher or a seasoned one like me, who may not have attended a training or researched  the term. The first time I heard the term, it sent me running to Google for a definition. I found that mentor text is a piece of literature that teachers and students can study, imitate, and apply to other texts and for different purposes.
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Once Upon a Time…Slaying Dragons and Story Problems

By Tracy Willis of Wild Child Designs

Tackling story problems with kids can feel like trying to slay a dragon. This post describes an approach that has worked for me. Get ready to teach math like a reading teacher!

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Info, Info, Read All About It

Travel brochures highlight the features of each California region. Using researched information, this beautiful project focuses on a specific region.
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The Hidden Power of a Classroom Read Aloud
Find the hidden powers of a great classroom read aloud and increase student engagement in reading, writing, and social studies.
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Within Within (Words Within Words)

The beauty of spelling with letter tiles is that the “outcome” isn’t permanent. Kids aren’t afraid to stretch their spelling acumen by experimenting with letter tiles. Students hear teachers say “Mistakes are OK, you learn from your mistakes.” We all know that’s true and we wish to impart this wisdom to the children, in the hopes that they will embrace this perspective. However, kids still don’t like to make mistakes. With tiles it’s different. Tile spelling seems more like play, and the letters are easily moved to make adjustments to correct a word.

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Here’s Help with Five Confusing Words

The words who’s or whose and their, there, or they’re are frequently confused and used incorrectly. Here are some tips to help you use them correctly.

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Sock It Away! What to do with Those Annoying Cell Phones in the Classroom

Most of us can’t live without our cell phones. Unfortunately, neither can our students. I teach on the college level, and my syllabus states that all cell phones are to be put on “silent” or turned off when class is in session. Sounds good, doesn’t it? Yet, one of the most common sounds in today’s classrooms is the ringing of a cell phone, often accompanied by some ridiculous tune or sound effect that broadcasts to everyone a call is coming in. What can a teacher do?

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How Emma Learned to Read

Read this different story about Emma’s first learning experience.

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Do you know Yuyi Morales?

Get to know Yuyi MOrales! She’s an amazing author and illustrator.

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Teaching Children to Help with Household Chores

5 Steps to Embrace Personal Responsibility: 1. Motivating Your Child

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Ultimate Teacher Self Care

Teacher self care includes physical things like proper rest, as well as financial matters – like saving for the summer. Learn tips to save for the summer

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Letters Ff, Tt, Rr and Ii of 26 Letters in 26 Days

By Beth Coogle of Coogle It

Take a look inside my kindergarten classroom to see how we are learning the alphabet. This blog shows activities and photos for letters F, T, R, and I. STEM, literacy stations, and small group instruction is included.

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## September Teacher Talk

Posted by Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

It’s September Teacher Talk Time…..Hopefully everyone is off to a great school year with the best classes ever.  We have so many great tips and ideas for you from awesome educators. Be sure to take a look at what everyone has to say.

If you’re interested in joining this unique group of teacher entrepreneurs, blogging buddies and/or our blog linky, sign up here…. If you decide to join, be sure to mention one of our names.
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The Magic of the Good Table
By Retta London of Rainbow City Learning

What my students taught me about the magic of sitting at the good table. Their perception of what made this table the good one was a great life lesson for me!

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9/11 A Teachable Moment in History
By Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

I remember September 11 as if it were yesterday. I woke up to a spectacular morning, not a cloud in the deep blue sky. The day was simply perfect.  I went through my usual morning routine, got in my car and drove to work thinking about my class and the kind of day it would be. I arrived at school, went to my room to gather my thoughts and prepare for what was ahead. Soon my students began to trickle into homeroom, announcements over and Channel One, our news channel had ended. We had our morning meeting, switched classes and World History began.Today’s students didn’t experience this and it’s history to them.  Many weren’t born yet and those that were, are too young to remember. It’s up to us to help them understand what happened that day and to never forget.
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Got Game? 3 Tips for Making Games Effective for Learning
By Tracy Willis of Wild Child Designs

Using games in the classroom is not a given for learning. Following three key teaching practice while using games WILL guarantee success! Check out the freebie, too!
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Building Amazing Digital Portfolios
By Lisa Robles of LisaTeachR’s Classroom

Would you like to start using digital mportfolios with your kids? Here is a short tutorial on creating and using them in your class with the new Google sites.
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3 easy ways to use data in your classroom
By Katie De Leon of A Basket Full of Apples by Katie

Do you use data in the classroom? Do you have your students use data? Using data can really help drive your instruction and help your students take ownership of their learning. There are many different ways that you can use data in your classroom.
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Increase the Good Behavior in Your Classroom
By Sally Hansen of Purposeful Plans

Classroom management must be under control before learning can take place. You can have the best idea for a lesson, but without successful classroom management, it will more than likely flop. A well-managed classroom is more productive and will keep you from getting frazzled later on in the school year.
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It’s football season again. How much do you know about Traumatic Brain
Injury?
By Susan Berkowitz of Susan Berkowitz

It’s football season again, and the start of driver’s ed. How much do you know about brain safety and how to educate kids with TBI?
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Teaching Newcomers Doesn’t Have To Be Stressful
By Rebecca Olsen of 2LivNlearn

Do you have a Newcomer or Non-English speaking student in your class? Don’t stress! Instead follow these tried and true steps for a smooth transition for you
both.
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Teach Kids to Listen the First Time
By Gini Musmanno of Reading Spotlight

As students progress through school, listening skills receive less instruction with each progressive year. Read about a format to help teach you kids to listen to you the first time!
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Patricia Polacco, The Wonderful Author
By Shana of The Thrill of Third Grade

Patricia Polacco is one of my all-time favorite children’s authors.
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Painless Problem Solving Daily Routine
By Greg and Cheryl Litton of Learning Resources for Teachers

Do you struggle with teaching problem solving? Wouldn’t it be great if your students were excited about problem solving every day? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if your students thought problem solving was FUN?
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Assessment Shortcuts
By Michelle Webb of Those Who Love Teaching

Learn tips and tools to assess your students. Strategies for making authentic assessment part of your teaching.
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Apples or Oranges, Handwriting, Practice or Instruction?
By Thia Triggs of Print Path

Too often we as well-meaning parents or educators, because we want our children to be highly successful, skip steps and stages that children need.  Understanding these key steps for children will help us to provide them with tools vital for written language skills and lifelong learning.
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I Love You California
By Kathie Yonemura of Tried and True Teaching

I’m always surprised when my students seem to not know much about their city, let alone the state they live in.  A terrific way to assess what your students know before you begin to teach geography is to ask them to draw their state and everything and anything they know about it. They are encouraged to label cities, attractions, bordering states, etc.
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Targeting High Achievers in Middle School Math
By Dr. Crystal Brown of Teaching to Change the World

In every classroom, there are students with varying levels of understanding regardless of the content. Teachers have a enormous task of reaching all those levels to help them meet or exceed the learning standards. Math is a subject that presents challenges for teachers to differentiate instruction.
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## September Teacher Talk

Posted by Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

It’s September Teacher Talk Time…..Hopefully everyone is off to a great school year with the best classes ever.  We have so many great tips and ideas for you from awesome educators. Be sure to take a look at what everyone has to say.

If you’re interested in joining this unique group of teacher entrepreneurs, blogging buddies and/or our blog linky, sign up here….The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs Marketing Cooperative. If you decide to join, be sure to mention one of our names.

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Remembering 9/11

I remember September 11 as if it were yesterday. I woke up to a spectacular morning, not a cloud in the deep blue sky. The day was simply perfect.

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My Class Won’t Stop Talking!

By Retta London of rainbow City Learning

A few tips on how to handle the chattiest class ever!

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Creating Welcome Signs for Open House

It’s Back to School time! Open house is coming soon, therefore, I wanted to share with you two ‘Welcome Sign In’ Signs I created this year. The purpose of my sign is for parents and guardians to see it, feel welcome, and as a reminder for them to please sign in on the sign in sheet I will lay out.

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Back to School Math Riddles

By Sara Snyder of Snyder Classroom

The beginning of the year can be hard for students as they adjust back into the routine an rigors of school. I am always trying to find ways to make math fun and approachable in my classroom. These math riddles are just the thing to help students practice the skills that they need to refresh, but also add a bit of fun to the computation too!

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In Defense of the “Lazy” Teacher

By Kerry Tracy of Kerry Tracy

Has any profession been so profoundly misunderstood as teaching?

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How to Set Up Visual Supports for Whole Group Instruction

By Thia Triggs of Print Path

This tutorial will help you make your own visual supports for positive behaviors.

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The 12 Days of Back to School

By Shametria Routt of The Routty Math Teacher

“On the twelfth day of back to school, my principal gave to me twelve students learning, eleven cutters cutting, ten songs for singing, nine clocks ticking, eight kids-a-thinking, seven books for reading, six games for playing, five packs of pens, four bulletin boards, three supply bins, two oversized rugs, one cluttered classroom and a mixed-up set of TEs.” Celebrate the Back to School season with “The 12 Days of Back to School” blog series! Read about my tips, tricks, and strategies to get ready for the new school year.

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Reducing Pencil Issues in the Classroom

By Marcy Howe of It’s a Teacher Thing

Here’s a great blog post and video tutorial to help you reduce wasted time in your classroom by eliminating pencil issues.

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