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The Unusual Stories Behind Words
BY ELFRIEDA HIEBERT 
Learning the stories behind words can be intriguing.  Creating word stories as part of your instruction can be a fun way to involve students in the adventure of language.  Read More ›

How Philosophical Chairs Can Teach the Importance of Tolerance
BY KELISA WING
Philosophical Chairs is a teaching technique that is similar to a debate but really acts as a forum for classroom discussion that promotes mutual understanding, safeguards respectful conversation, and causes deep engagement into the subject matter. Read More ›

Using Authentic Texts to Connect With Your Students
BY MEGAN HOWE
Teachers, we have all made it more than halfway through the year! Congrats on achieving this feat yet again. I am marching my way through year 13 and while some things seem like old hat, there are certainly new surprises and challenges that pop up every year. Read More ›

An "Andon Cord" for Teachers
BY CHRIS GLEASON
In the 1950’s Toyota implemented the Andon Cord. It was a physical rope that followed the assembly line and could be pulled to stop the manufacturing line at any time. Just think, any worker had the autonomy to stop production at any time in order to fix a problem. Read More ›

Finding Your Inner Teacher Leader
BY LESLIE FORD
What’s it like to be that ‘one in a million’ teacher of the year?  Only a few of us might experience the privilege of representing the collective creativity, dedication, passion and experience of all of us. Read More ›

Moving from Conversation to Action
BY KELISA WING
I am guilty in the past of complaining about students. One student, Mike, caused much complaining in the lounge. After “talking” about what he would not do, I pulled him aside, “What’s wrong? I believe in YOU!” With tears in his eyes, he said, “I can’t read”. I was devastated. Read More ›

Moving Striving Readers to Highly Proficient Readers
BY ELFRIEDA HIEBERT 
There just aren’t that many people naming their daughters Elfrieda Hildegard these days, like my parents named me some time ago. With a name like this, I am cautious about what I “like” on social media or to what I attach my name as an educator. Read More ›

Technology and the Changing Roles of Teachers
BY LIANE WARDLOW
In collaboration with Digital Promise and the National Network of State Teachers of the Year (NNSTOY), we at Pearson undertook a study focusing on how teachers use technology to enhance instruction and improve learning. Read More ›

5 Techniques to Elevate English Learners Through Classroom Talk
BY ANDREA RIENTS
“Use it or lose it.” A small saying that carries big weight when applied to the idea of increasing student voice in the classroom. Read More ›

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