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Hey you guys?



I started a gofundme page for my kiddos end of the year trip. We are having a hard time fundraising in the area and some of our kids have worked hard to try to raise the monies, but still have a ways to go. If you have a couple bucks to spare, please consider it! 

The link is here and the page has more details! 

Check it out or boost if you can’t help! 

Thank you #education for all your support whether it is financial or moral! 

Reblogging for those who may not have seen it a while back! 

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Team Teachers turned 3 today!

Team Teachers turned 3 today!

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Common Core testing prepares our students for what they’ll face as adults: pointless stress and confusion.

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We Are Strong Because...5th period


Objective: Remind Our Students That They Are Amazing
Time: Last School Day before Testing .

Step 1: Hand out index cards. Tell students that this activity will be anonymous (no names)
Step 2: Write the following sentence stems on the board: I am strong because….I am confident because….
Step 3: Instruct the students to finish the sentence with something not related to school. 
Step 4: At least one student will say “I don’t know why I am strong”
Step 5: In front of the classroom finish the sentence for the student. 
Ex. You are strong because you take care of your younger brothers.
You are strong because you are always there for your friends. 
You are strong because despite all the pressures your generation faces you still wake up every day to try and make your parents proud.                    
You are strong because help your parents by working a job.  
You are strong because you are true to yourself even when Miss Del Villar makes fun of your hair because she’s jealous that she can’t rock  that platinum blonde on a skateboard like you do Brian. 
If necessary, continue doing this for 2-3 more students. 
Step 6: Pick up the completed index cards and pass them out randomly. 
Step 7: Have the classroom read each other’s statements out loud. 
Step 8: Try not to cry, it will be amazing. 
Step 9: Be extremely proud of your students for being so amazing. 
Step 10: Be proud of yourself for reminding them of their amazingness. 

*The audio provided is my favorite class. They inspire me every day to be a better person, a better teacher, a human worthy of leading such talented souls. 

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Summer Project Maybe: #Education Writes about Standardized Tests


What do you all think, if we put together a collection of writings on standardized tests as an e-book.  It could be our community’s way of protesting standardized tests, and we could as a community decide what to do with any proceeds?

Or is this just a silly idea?

I feel like getting a compilation of them could be powerful?  

But maybe to others might be redundant.

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In United States schools, eight in ten lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students report being verbally harassed because of their sexual orientation, and nearly two-thirds were harassed because of their gender expression. 

That’s why GLSEN supports the Safe Schools Improvement Act and the Student Non-Discrimination Act—two bills that work together to ensure schools nationwide are free of bullying, harassment, and discrimination.

You can make a difference. Click here to send a message to your representative in Washington calling on them to support SSIA and SNDA. Your voice is important and you can be part of making schools safer for LGBT students. We need your help!

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Most teachers pay for their own graduate school and ongoing professional training, and over 92 percent buy supplies for their students out of their own pockets. But over the past few years, we’ve seen over 60 percent of teachers working second jobs, dining with their children at food banks, and even selling their blood to make ends meet. Examples of such financial stress and strain can be found in every state in the country; quality teachers are walking away from the profession, and salaries are part of the reason they leave.

Is this the way we want any of our teachers to live? Is this what we think will lead students to higher levels of achievement?

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Are any of your high schools implementing co-teaching? I’m predicting that my school is slowly heading toward this and I was recently told that we would be doing this next year. I’m not sure if it will just be my school or district-wide.

Any thoughts about co-teaching, especially in a special education environment?

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