10 Ways We Can Build Better Rapport With Our Students

"People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care."-Theodore Roosevelt Building Rapport Takes Time As a teacher it is easy to get caught up in the curriculum, planning, and grading. We sometimes lose sight that a human connection could be the main reason that a student chooses to come to …

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How Teachers and Parents can Reach Unmotivated Students

Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. -1 Thessalonians 5:11 NIV You have probably already realized already that there will be some students in your classroom this year that are not excited about school. They struggle with the school work, may have increased behaviors, and above …

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How to Serve Learners from All Walks of Life-Walk a Mile in Their Shoes

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”- Matthew 19:14 NIV I learned this week that our building has something really cool happening this school year. A local shoe company was donating shoes for students in our building. Not …

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Planning Ahead for Unique Needs in Your Classroom

" Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans."- Proverbs 16:3 NIV After the 4th of July, many of us realize that we have about a month or so left of summer break before we report back for professional development, setting up our classrooms, and begin preparing for the year …

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What You Can Do Now To Prepare For Your First Year of Teaching

"For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works,which God prepared in advance for us to do. "- Ephesians 2:10 NIV I was beyond excited when I accepted my first teaching position. I had worked hard all of those years, completed my student teaching, passed the certification tests and was ready to start …

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Well Done, Good and Faithful Servant!

“Well done, good and faithful servant!” - Matthew 25:23 NIV It's official! You've completed your first year. Way to go! This is a fantastic time for you and a big relief knowing that all of that hard work, energy, prayer, and self-sacrifice has helped to shape some exceptional individuals this school year. On these last …

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Experiential Learning Lasts a Lifetime

“Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.” John 1:3 NIV Make Learning Memorable Elementary and secondary students alike will not always remember the lessons you taught them in class, but they will remember the key experiences you gave them. Each year, the elementary school in which I …

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Students Who Know the Target are More Likely to Hit It

"Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through prophecy when the body of elders laid their hands on you. Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress."- 1 Timothy 4:14-15 NIV In our home we have a large ruler in our kitchen that we …

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Set You and Your Child Up for Success-Getting Quality Rest

" In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat— for he grants sleep to those he loves. "-Psalm 127:2 NIV A good night's sleep might be hard to come by, especially with the recent time change or if you have small children in your home. If you have children …

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Prioritizing Your Life To Meet Your Long-Term Goals

"Leave all the afternoon for exercise and recreation, which are as necessary as reading. I will rather say more necessary because health is worth more than learning."-Thomas Jefferson Have you ever had those weeks where it seems like you are just being pulled around from one assignment or activity to the next? It seems as …

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Helping Students with ADD/ADHD Become Successful Adults Part 3- Transitioning to Adulthood

"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” - Joshua 1:9 ESV Over the past two weeks, we have looked closely at how we can help children and teens living with ADD/ADHD. The transition to adulthood …

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4 Ways We Can Increase Student Achievement Today-And No, Homework is Not One of Them

"I can do all things through him who strengthens me. "-Philippians 4:13 ESV One of the biggest undertakings and most rewarding part of our careers is helping students become well-rounded individuals. We are trying to develop students who can become critical thinkers in today's ever-changing world. This means we need to be getting the most …

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5 Great Google Add-Ons for Teachers and Families

       At this time of the school year, I see the upcoming Christmas Break as a time to recharge with family and friends. It is a time to be thankful for all that we have in our lives and as a reminder of the reason for the Christmas season. For me, this can …

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