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Managing Stress as an Educator
posted by: Alix | May 31, 2012, 09:16 am   

You leave your house, coffee in hand, and it starts to rain outside.  You don’t have an umbrella.  You rush to your car, and, in a dash to save your freshly graded papers from rain damage, you put your coffee cup on the top of your car as you unlock the door.  You hop in the car, start the ignition, and, just as you pull away, you hear the clunk of your coffee cup hitting the sidewalk.  It’s going to be one of those days.

Teacher Mobile Device Use on the Rise
posted by: Alix | May 30, 2012, 09:46 am   

According to a report released by education nonprofit Project Tomorrow, teachers are more likely to use personal mobile devices, including smartphones and tablet computers, than the general public.  While 64% of principals and 54% of teachers have regular personal access to mobile devices, only 40% of the general public has access to personal mobile devices according to the data.

Online Resources for Music Teachers
posted by: Alix | May 24, 2012, 10:43 am   

Being a good music educator requires more than just teaching the notes on a page.  Music is a subject that is likely to be labeled as “old school” because – let’s face it – playing the violin does not involve a username or password.  In this age of MP3 players and online radio, music educators are finding great ways to engage music students by bringing technology into the classroom.  Music educators have a wealth of information available to them on the internet to help keep the music classroom on the “cutting edge.”
Cell Phones in the Modern Classroom
posted by: Alix | May 23, 2012, 10:04 am   

According to recent statistics, cell phone usage among American students has exploded in the last two years. Once strictly limited during school hours, cell phones are now commonly used by students throughout the school day. While some stakeholders believe cell phone technology can enrich the classroom experience or provide students a level of security, others are finding them to be a distraction, leaving administrators searching for policies that balance technology needs with a structured environment conducive to student learning.
Getting More Out of Your Teacher Evaluations
posted by: Alix | May 15, 2012, 04:31 pm   

In most states and school districts, teacher evaluations have become a fact of life. While the intended goal of evaluations is to help support and improve teacher performance, many teachers struggle with making the most out of their evaluations. Though many of the components of teacher evaluations lie outside of a teacher's control, there are things any teacher can do to ensure they benefit from their evaluation. Here are a few suggestions:
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