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December 2019 Teacher Talk

Posted by Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

It’s December and time for our holiday version of Teacher Talk. Getting ready for the holiday festivities or just looking for some great ideas. You don’t want to miss what these creative educators are doing this month.

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Holiday Edition: Virtual Progressive Dinner

By Kathie Yonemura of Tried and True Teaching Tools

 With all the hustle and bustle of December: school holiday shows, class holiday parties, staff holiday parties, volunteer opportunities, holiday gifts. . . All good things, but this time of year often leaves me feeling ragged and gasping for breath! But we’re almost there: Winter Break!!


 Reducing Holiday Stress

By Retta London of Rainbow City Learning

Here I am – last one to this party! I missed our podcast session about celebrating the holidays with food, drink, friends, and books. I knew this wasn’t going to be easy.  I’m the one who always asks at the beginning, “You know what’s really hard?” and I missed one. What’s really hard is missing that special time with three treasured friends when we talk about stuff and invite all of you in!


Cocktail, Book and Entree

 By Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a lover of science fiction, mysteries and thrillers. I must admit though, I don’t read as much as I’d like, too busy with other things I guess.#toobusy  Buuut when I do settle down on a snowy or rainy afternoon by our crackling fire, I love curling up on the couch with a great book. One of my all time favorites is the DaVinci Code by Dan Brown. It brings me back to my adventures in Italy when I was in my twenties.


One Gift

By Gini Musmanno of Reading Spotlight 

 Make the holidays merrier for young children of poverty with this simple, free idea.


Cherish the Holiday Memories

By Charlene Tess of Charlene Tess

 Gifts are fun, but the sights, sounds, smells, and other sensory images will remain in your memory for years to come.


Finding Success on Challenging Teaching Days

By Marcy Howe of It’s a Teacher Thing 

 Teaching after a vacation break can be challenging. Learn five tips for finding success on those difficult teaching days.


Teacher Talk’s Featured Author – Charlene Tess


Charlene Tess was honored to be the Secondary Teacher of the Year for Ysleta Independent School District and one of the five finalists for Region XIX Texas Teacher of the Year.  Go to http://www.thebestofteacherentrepreneurs.net/2019/12/teacher-talks-featured-author-charlene.html for the link to her favorite free product, Step One from her Simple Steps to Sentence Sense program.  


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Speech Evaluation with drop down boxes

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Please note that this document does not work with a Mac computer.

Automated Comment Generator for SPEECHES

This document has been created to help teachers evaluate students during the speech evaluation. It is created in a Microsoft Word document so that you can easily modify it to suit your particular classroom needs. (You also have the option to copy and paste the entire page, or certain elements.) The document is completely modifiable, even the comments. The “grunt work” has been done for you.

This quickens the evaluation process and will help the teacher to write down information more quickly. This particular document has been embedded with drop down boxes with comments on: elements of persuasion and argumentation, communication, the quality of information, the quality of sources, and the quality of visual aids.

Please see the preview for a better idea of how this product can help you to assess your students.It’s teaching made easy!

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FREE MISC. LESSON – “Free Parent and Caregiver Handout About Self Harm”

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5th – 12th Grade

Self-harm can be a scary, prickly subject for parents. This handout makes it a little bit easier. Use to supplement a family meeting or referral for services, or use on its own to grow parent understanding of mental health symptoms. School counselors, you’re going to need lots of copies of this one in your Just In Case folder.


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