# Tag Archives : #JanuaryTeacherTalk

## January 2022 Teacher Talk

Posted by Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

It’s 2022! Time sure flies. We have some great ideas for you in our January edition of Teacher Talk. So, hurry on over to see what these creative educators are doing this month.

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, “Feel free to email me at for any questions you might have.”

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I Dreaded My Third Period Class
It was cold and blustery outside, one of those days you just wanted to stay under the covers, but truth be told, I immediately thought about how I dreaded my third period class, I so wanted to turn over and forget about it for a while. I knew I had to face it, so I begrudgingly got out of bed. Alas, it was only hump day, and I had a busy schedule, so I dragged myself out of bed, had my cup of coffee and a piece of toast.

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Goals and Dreams
Ideas for going beyond “I Have a Dream” for MLK Day.

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New Year, New Focus

First week back after winter break. . . what a week! With our classroom numbers fluctuating due to students quarantining or testing positive, and so much uncertainty, diving right into the curriculum was not an option. We went back to the basics: what do we need to improve in?

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Under The Blotter: Engagement Questions
Need a way to encourage independent reading? I have kept these particular reading engagement questions under my desk blotter for many, many years—so many that I don’t even know who did the research for them, but I do know these questions are effective in improving reading motivation, in the person who responds, AND in those who listen to the answers.

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The Beauty of Math Patterns

Some people say mathematics is the science of patterns which I think is a pretty accurate description. Not only do patterns take on many forms, but they occur in every part of mathematics. But then again patterns occur in other disciplines as well. They can be sequential, spatial, temporal, and even linguistic. Discover more about pattern in this blog post.

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MLK in ELA: Ideas for Reading & Writing About Martin Luther King, Jr.

10 ideas for reading and writing about Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Essential Literature Circles Mini Lessons: What to Teach Your Students
Literature circles and mini-lessons go hand-in-hand. Discover the most important mini-lessons to teach your students and take your literature circles to new levels!
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Test Prep Tournaments That Work!

Get your students ready for your chapter tests, district-mandated tests, and the high-stakes state tests with test prep tournaments! They are a fun way to review for upcoming tests AND they work!

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## January 2021 Teacher Talk

Posted by Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

It’s 2021! Time sure flies. We have some great ideas for you in our January edition of Teacher Talk. So hurry on over to see what these creative educators are doing this month.

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, “Feel free to email me at deann.marin@gmail.com for any questions you might have.”
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Remedies for Physical and Mental Health

By Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

Now that the holidays are over and 2021 has begun, and many of you are returning to school, you need to be healthy both physically and mentally. Here are more tips to on how to take, and store homeopathic remedies.
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Bringing in the Experts

By Kathie Yonemura of Tried and True Teaching Tools

Anyone else tired of hearing your own voice? It’s time to bring in the experts with virtual field trips. Here is a round-up of some amazing programs!
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Inaugurations Past and Present

By Retta London of Rainbow City Learning

Looking forward to Inauguration Day and remembering Inaugural addresses of the past.
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STEM and History – Unlikely, But Effective, Companions

By Renee Heiss of All-American Teacher Tools

How do you add STEM to your Social Studies classes? By asking students to think about STEM accomplishments in the past!
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All We Need

By Gini Musmanno of Reading Spotlight

Besides the melodies, what made the Beatles’ songs so popular was the human truths they communicated. The bully has had control of the bully pulpit for several years, so it is imperative that we all work on kindness in our individual lives right now.
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How to Reduce Wordy Sentences

By Charlene Tess of Charlene Tess

Learning to reduce wordy sentences is a writing skill that cannot be ignored.
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6 Ways to Improve Reading Skills

By Marcy Howe of It’s a Teacher Thing

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Teaching Through Changing Times

By Michelle Webb of Teaching Ideas For Those Who Love Teaching

Tips to navigate through teaching during these changing times.
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My Rule #4 for Teaching Middle School

By Katie Auer of Loving Language Arts

#4 in a series of how to bring out the best behavior in middle school students.
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## January 2020 Teacher Talk

Posted by Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

It’s 2020! Time sure flies. We have some great ideas for you in our January edition of Teacher Talk. So hurry on over to see what these creative educators are doing this month.

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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The Proof is in the Pudding….Proof Reading that Is!

By Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

I’d like to share some effective proof-reading tips that I’ve used to help students improve their writing skills, and to make my life a bit easier.

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Speaking Up for Justice

By Kathie Yonemura of Tried and True Teaching Tools

Along with honoring Martin Luther King, Jr., this week is our union’s one year “strikeversary”. What a perfect time to reflect and teach our students to stand up for what is right.

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A Lesson for MLK Day

By Retta London of Rainbow City Learning

A lesson for Martin Luther KIng Day to try this week!

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Remember to Take Time for Yourself

By Renee Heiss of All-American Teacher Tools

Do you have enough “me time”?  A few minutes can be just as valuable as a week-long vacation!

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Fostering Creativity

By Gini Musmanno of Reading Spotlight

Sister Rosemary ruined my poem, but she fostered creativity as she did. Read about how teachers can encourage creative ability in their students.

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New Year’s Resolutions Again?

By Charlene Tess of Charlene Tess

Is it time for new year’s resolutions again?

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Using Two-Sided Colored Beans to Add and Subtract Positive and Negative Numbers

By Vicky Rauch of Scipi

“When it comes to adding and subtracting positive and negative numbers, many students have great difficulty. In reality, it is a very confusing and abstract idea; so, it is important to give the students a concrete visual to assist them in seeing the solution. Find out how I teach this concept to my remedial college math students in my newest blog post. “

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10 Test Prep Skills for ELA Performance Task Success

By Marcy Howe of It’s A Teacher Thing

Learn 10 essential test prep skills to help your students be more successful on the ELA performance tasks.

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Using specific texts to delve into  Craft and Structure with the Common Core Standards

By Lisa Robles of LisaTeachR’s Classroom

Using specific texts to delve into  Craft and Structure with the Common Core Standards.

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## January Teacher Talk

Posted by Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

It’s 2018. Time sure flies. WE have some great ideas for you in our January edition of Teacher Talk. So hurry on over to see what these creative educators are doing this month.
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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Problem Students Got You Down? Begin the New Year Right, with These Discipline Tips

By Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

Have you been struggling with Johnny or Sally since the beginning of the school year? Have you been racking your brain trying to come up with some creative ways to turn their unacceptable behavior around? Did you dread coming back to work in January? Well, I’ve been there and know exactly how you feel. If you said yes to any of these questions, I can give you a hand.
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Lessons Learned With Miss Brooke

By Retta London of Rainbow City Learning

Musings on what I have learned from a long ago favorite teacher.

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The Mini-Lesson: A Natural Scaffold For Struggling Learners
By Tracy Willis of Mossy Oak Musings

Would you rather attend a doctor’s appointment or your own autopsy? Mini-lesson structure helps teachers avoid an academic autopsy with end-of-unit assessments. It’s scaffolded instruction at its best

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A How-To Guide on Writing Conferences
By Sally Hansen of Purposeful Plans

Just like when you scaffold and model the requirements for an essay in a mini-lesson, you do the same thing individually for each student through conferencing. Many students don’t need to hear the lessons you taught at the beginning of the school year. Conferencing will help you deliver differentiated instruction. Here are some tips of how you can implement writing conferences in your classroom.

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The Five Best Reasons You Should Be Using Book Clubs as Part of Your Classroom Reading Program

By Marcy Howe of It’s a Teacher Thing

Book Clubs can be an essential tool for boosting rigor and engagement in your upper elementary or middle school classroom. Learn five reasons why you should consider Book Clubs as a regular part of your reading program.
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What About Social Studies?
By Michelle Web of Teaching Ideas for Those who Love Teaching

Have Fun With Social Studies

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Mentor Sentences – Teach It So They Remember It
By Alison Monk of the Literacy Garden

Effectively teach grammar skills in the context of authentic literature through the use of mentor sentences.

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New Year, New Goals
By Kathie Yonemura of Tried and True Teaching Tools

New Goals Happy New Year! The new year is always a great time to reflect back, set goals, and start fresh. Repurpose those NYE decorations for some fun health goal setting with your students!
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Is Your Child Afraid of Going to the Doctor?
By Thia Triggs of Print Path

If your young child is fearful of going to the doctor, there are many things you can do to help them feel calmer and to prepare them for their next visit.
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Sit back, relax and check out all the great advice  you’ll find on these blog posts from our seasoned educators.