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Teaching Through the Pandemic – Abigail Simms

March 9, 2022

So many emotions come with the topic of “Teaching through the pandemic.”   Frustration fills me when I realize that, two years later, we are still teaching through a pandemic.   Anxiety arises over the fact that, at any moment, we may have to pivot and adjust our learning model.   Discouragement creeps in with knowing that our…

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Phonemic Awareness In Reading Instruction

March 7, 2022

Why Use Phonemic Awareness for Reading Instruction? One of my first experiences with phonemic awareness reading instruction was about 10 years ago when I tutored a kindergarten student who was not making adequate progress in reading at the end of the second quarter. When I began tutoring her in January of her kindergarten year, I…

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Celebrating the History of Women in Education

March 2, 2022

In honor of March’s Women’s History Month, we’ve gathered resources on some of the most influential women in education, both past, and present. These incredible women blaze paths for equity in education and have helped shape the way you teach today.  Felicitas Mendez – Puerto Rican mother and activist whose three children were rejected by…

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Expert Teacher Advice From a Retired Teacher

February 21, 2022

Author’s Note: As a teacher, I sometimes found it soothing to call a beloved retired teacher and regale her with the funny and hard about my days. She could relate to so much, but, even more, she had so much wisdom to share. For those of you who don’t have a former teacher related to…

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Teaching Through the Pandemic – A Dance Teacher Perseveres

February 14, 2022

Every story in our Teaching Through the Pandemic series knocks our socks off with your devotion to your students and your profession. Read on to see what we mean… Teaching Through the Pandemic: A Dance Teacher Perseveres When school began this year, the mantra was “back to normal.”  Could we have a performance on the…

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Teaching Through the Pandemic – Donna’s Story

January 26, 2022

Teaching through the Pandemic – Donna’s story Read more of our Teaching through the Pandemic stories here. Everything Changed Mississippi teachers scrambled to find ways to continue instruction even though they wouldn’t be seeing their students face to face for the rest of the school year. They would struggle to teach online via Zoom sessions…

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The Benefits of Reading Aloud

January 17, 2022

My two boys don’t often talk about school without some prodding. They enjoy it well enough, but at ages 9 and 11, School has become just a routine part of life and is no longer the mystical, magical world it once was in the early years.    There are a few things they’ll bring up…

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Teaching Through the Pandemic – A Chicago Teacher Shares Her Story

January 11, 2022

In light of our Teaching Through the Pandemic series, we would be remiss if we didn’t acknowledge the very current, very real Pandemic Teaching Moment that teachers in Chicago are facing. We thought it best to explore the issue with a veteran teacher who has been part of the Chicago school system for 15 years.…

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Teaching Through the Pandemic – A Day In the Life

January 5, 2022

Continuing our Teaching Through the Pandemic series with Tatiana Grogan’s “Day in the Life…” 7:30 – I arrive at school. I get to the door and realize I left my mask in my car, so I put my coat over my nose and dash upstairs. I spend the next 15 minutes getting my classroom ready:…

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Teaching Through the Pandemic – An Introduction

January 3, 2022

Editor’s Note – In the coming months, we’re going to feature your stories of teaching in the pandemic. We want to help the rest of the world understand your experience of the pandemic as teachers, we want you to feel the camaraderie from your community as they chime in with “me, too!” and, for those…

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