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U.S. Botanic Garden Helps Teachers Build Green Communities – National Geographic Education Blog – Education Article

This post was written by educator Michael Cruse. Sometimes, evening professional development is a hard sell after a day of teaching, especially on a night with single-digit temperatures here in Washington, D.C. The lure of the humid tropics and desert Southwest were enough to convince me, though. Photograph by Mike Cruse I wasn’t bound for parts south of the polar vortex, but instead to D.C. Teachers Night at the U.S. Botanic Garden. Sitting at the base of Capitol Hill, the Botanic…

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Podcast 38: Why Can Quitting Make You A Better Teacher? – Education Article

Podcast 38: Why Can Quitting Make You A Better Teacher? | TeacherToolkit Reading Time: 1 minute Why can quitting teaching make you want to be a teacher even more? Our 38th interview on the Teacher Toolkit podcast is with Andy Milne, a Brit living and teaching overseas. Andy has been teaching for 23 years and currently teaches Health and…

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Who Are The Teachers In Your School? – Education Article

Reading Time: 4 minutes Does your language make or break your school? Schools are full of sticky labels and monikers. We simply love putting names to people and things, but some of these tags are derisory, damaging and divisive. What really gets ‘my goat’ is schools that make a big deal about being ‘inclusive’ yet they use language that creates divisions. Schools that have ‘top sets and bottom sets’ and ‘low and high achievers’ are guilty of creating academic apartheid.…

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Think Design: The Future of an Accessible World – Education Article

Despite there being numerous advances made over the years regarding accessible design, there are still fundamental flaws that remain unaddressed. Even with new disability laws being introduced every few months, awareness campaigns being held frequently, and new technology being developed every day – millions of people still encounter accessibility difficulties in their daily lives. That’s why it’s so important that we continuously raise awareness on the subject and seriously consider how we can improve facilities, so people don’t feel ostracized…

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9 New Teacher Survival Tips – Education Article

Because you asked. I occasionally get emails from followers, readers, and conference audience members asking for advice. It’s lovely! And flattering! And OK, a lot of work sometimes. But, I always try to answer and help. Recently, I spent so much time answering, linking to past posts, and giving paragraphs and paragraphs of advice I thought – Hey! This would be a good blog post! Some of these topics, I’ve blogged about before. I’m kind of passionate about being a…

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Woke School – Urban Education Mixtape – Education Article

To be “woke” means aware of and actively attentive to important facts and issues (especially issues of racial and social justice) Everyone wants to be “woke.” This is a trend that is happening amongst educators. Don’t get me wrong… woke principals and teachers is a good thing. However, one could do too much or focus on only doing one thing. Some may be unaware of how to be “woke” in schools. It may feel like that to implement “wokeness” is too…

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Finding Inclusion in the Deaf Community – Education Article

When I was 5 years old, after many trips to different doctors to find out what was “wrong” with me, my parents and I went to an audiologist. Eventually, we were told that I had a moderate hearing loss and that I needed hearing aids. The audiologist didn’t tell them I was Deaf, hard-of-hearing, hearing impaired, or any identity label at all. At the time, I went to a private school with all Hearing children and was the only one…

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18 Reasons Why We Are Thankful in 2018 – Education Article

Why We Are Thankful In 2018 Every year, there are plenty of reasons to be discouraged. 2018 was no exception. But we don’t need to dwell on them with this post. As the whole country is about to focus on being grateful, we wanted to share with you eighteen reasons why we are thankful in 2018. Okay, so let’s start. 1. You! We are so thankful that you are here reading this post. 2018 was a big one for us,…

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