## Monday, September 16, 2019

### September Teacher Talk

Posted by Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

It's September Teacher Talk Time.....Hopefully everyone is off to a great school year with the best classes ever.  We have so many great tips and ideas for you from awesome educators. Be sure to take a look at what everyone has to say.

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3 Tried & True Games to Teach Place Value & Rounding
By Kathie Yonemura of Tried and True Teaching Tools
Beginning of the year. . . I used to be so tempted to skip teaching place value because it seemed too simplistic, assuming kids knew how to read larger numbers. Plus I wanted to get on with the "real math":multiplication and long division. WRONG! Developing number sense and place value are critical to understanding ALL math!
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Using the Arts to Teach Perseverance
By Retta London of Rainbow City Learning
How adding the arts to your curriculum can teach perseverance.
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Never Give Up... Persevere!

If you've never used read aloud picture books with your middle schoolers, you should consider it. Not only do picture books get a point across, but they're fun, images are beautiful and they don't take much time.. You can easily come up with ideas to reinforce what you've read.
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A Cheer For Spelling

Spelling practice does not have to be boring! Try this cheer to add some enthusiasm to weekly spelling words.
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The Left Angle Mystery
By Vicky Rauch of Scipi
Geometry is probably my favorite part of math to teach because it is so visual; plus, the subject lends itself to doing many hands-on activities, even with my college students. When our unit on points, lines and angles is finished, it is time for the unit test. Almost every year I ask the following question: What is a left angle? Some of the responses I have received over the years are disheartening.
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5 Steps to Creative Classroom Projects

Have you ever noticed that someone else's class has developed much more creative writing assignments, science fair projects, or fundraising strategies? Well, either that person is extremely lucky, extremely gifted in motivating his or her students, or simply using proven methods to stimulate creativity. Chances are, that person is simply familiar with the 5-Step Creativity Process
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New Job = New Lens

The power of story...
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Teaching Perseverance: Powerful Books to Change a Student's Mindset
By Tracy Willis of Mossy Oak Musings
Looking for themed kidlit to jazz up your language arts block? This post shares some great books around the theme of perseverance. Links to related free resources are included!
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Classroom Routines that Create a Productive Classroom Environment
By Marcy Howe of It's A Teacher Thing
Classroom procedures are essential to creating a productive, welcoming classroom environment. Learn tips to increase productive learning time and maintain efficiency.
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