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  • 30 Techniques to Quiet a Noisy Class

    One day, in front 36 riotous sophomores, I clutched my chest and dropped to my knees like Sergeant Elias at the end of Platoon. Instantly, dead silence and open mouths replaced classroom chaos. Standing up like nothing had happened, I said, “Thanks for your attention––let’s talk about love poems.” I never used that stunt again. After all, should a real emergency occur, it would be better if students call 911 rather than post my motionless body on YouTube. I’ve thought this through.

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  • 5 Strategies to Help Boost Your Students' Self-Esteem and Confidence in the Classroom

    For some of your students, self-confidence in the classroom comes naturally. They tackle new materials head on and know how to get their points across. For your less-confident students, the day-to-day requirements of school can cause anxiety and frustration. They may question their abilities and struggle with the stress of balancing it all. As a teacher, you have the opportunity to positively influence your students and encourage them to feel proud of their abilities and accomplishments.

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  • February Mentor of the Month

    Innovating and inspiring, Crystal Fuentes has taken on the role of mentor with the same enthusiasm she has for instructional technology. As an instructional coordinator, Crystal’s projects include demystifying Nearpod, setting up and hosting robotics competitions, and providing professional development in all areas of instructional technology, from PreK-12th grade. Her zeal for helping others has transcended her role as coordinator, and she has quickly become an amazing coach and mentor. Utilizing the New Teacher Center high-leverage tools, Crystal has ensured that her time spent with Pathway teachers will move their teaching practice forward. For this, and many other reasons, Crystal Fuentes is February’s Mentor of the Month.

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    It’s not unusual for first-year teachers to actually make themselves sick from stress and long hours. Their classroom lights are still burning at 9 p.m., as they work on the next day’s activities, and their eyes are still shining at 3 a.m., as they run through state standards in their mind.

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  • Personal Learning Network (PLN) Benefits, Tools, and Tactics

    A personal learning network (PLN) is a group of colleagues, mentors, and professionals that you connect with to enhance your learning and take charge of your own professional development. It's a global, online community that allows you to tap into a broad wealth of knowledge and focus on what you consider most important to your learning. PLNs are especially valuable, as new information and ideas are changing the world at a much faster pace than ever before.

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Elementary New Teacher Mentor Coordinator

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