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8 Highlighted Stories for Teacher Appreciation Week

As part of Teacher Appreciation Week, edCircuit is sharing some stories from the past year that highlight the accomplishments of educators across the U.S. In these articles and interviews, you’ll find stories about great teacher accomplishments, along with resources and ideas to try in your classroom throughout the rest of 2019. It’s just our way of saying thanks and showing our appreciation for educators here in the U.S. and around the globe. #ThankATeacher because we couldn’t do it without you!

1.) #SELChat: How Representation Changes Perspectives

The celebration of Black History Month started in 1926 and became widely accepted in 1976. In this edition of #SELChat, edCircuit columnist Tamara Fyke shared why it’s important that schools share these truly American stories.

2 kids one laptop and ipad2.) Using Improved Curriculum to Turn Around Title I Schools

Michelle Fleming is known for her ability to turn around Title I schools, but in June of 2016, she faced one of the biggest challenges of her career. Hired as Principal of Lake Park Elementary School in the Palm Beach County Florida, Michelle’s job was focused on restructuring and improving the overall learning environment of the school. In this interview, learn how she did it.

3.) Quit Point: Preventing Apathy and Increasing Engagement

Adam Chamberlin and Svetoslav Matejic, authors of Quit Point: Understanding Apathy, Engagement, and Motivation in the Classroom, are teachers who have focused on improving student engagement and motivation. In this interview, hear how they identify a student’s “Quit Point” and implement strategies to relate better to kids and help them work beyond that stage.

4.) Coach’s Corner: 3 Tips to Catalyze Positive Interactions

edCircuit video columnist Tara Brown leverages her expertise in executive functioning to help inform educators on the science behind human reactions to stress. Referencing the amygdala and thalamus, two parts of the brain that are critical to our reaction system, Tara briefly explains how students can draw from negative past experiences while interpreting situations in real-time, and urges educators to be intentional in their daily interactions with students in efforts to promote a more positive and uplifting learning environment.

5.) Building a Successful Podcast

We all know that some of the best conversations happen across the table over a good meal,” says Gabriel Carrillo, how of the EdTech Bites podcast. To him, that’s the basic secret of an entertaining podcast: a conversation. “When you use the word ‘interview’ it can be somewhat intimidating,” Gabriel says. “It’s an organic conversation between peers who know what they’re talking about, a discussion where everyone has a voice. It should be funny, entertaining and informative because no one wants to hear robots talking.” Learn how this educator launched his successful podcast.

6.) How EdTech Can Promote SEL, Equity, and Engagement

Technology can be a great equalizer for students. Some kids have more difficulty talking through social-emotional issues, or even learning different SEL concepts as a group. Technology can be a great way for kids to express their ideas in a more secure way using voice to text on a tablet or typing on a computer. Find out how educators nationwide are using technology to enhance SEL, equity, and engagement.

7.) Personalizing Future-Readiness for Students

Lance Key and Sam Brooks have used programs and apps like Shmoop, Makerspace, and DreamBox, including at the beta testing stage, so they can bring the best possible learning tools to their students and give feedback to product providers to improve the tools even more. Their input helped make programs more useful and valuable to students with each new and improved version. Hear how these educators are personalizing future-readiness.

8.) Typing.com Introduces Coding and Tech Literacy Content to Enhance 21st Century Skill Development

Typing.com, the web’s most popular typing tutor, has announced the launch of a comprehensive tech literacy curriculum for elementary and secondary students, which will support the development of key 21st century skills. Find out how to use this free program and brand-new content in your classroom.

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