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Professional development

All About Understanding by Design

Many districts now use the “understanding by design” process to create curricula. Curriculum design creates an overall blueprint for a class which generally includes a pacing

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Professional development

Summer School for Teachers

Summer is the time to relax and recharge for most people, but for teachers, it’s also a time to take advantage of professional development opportunities.

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Professional development

How to Use Retrieval Practice Effectively

What is Retrieval Practice? The retrieval practice is a method that helps students retain information. Particularly, it assists students in processing and pulling out knowledge

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Professional development

How Assessment Should Drive Instruction

No matter the level they teach, educators are always concerned with the content their students are learning. Strategies and standards are essential in the learning

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Professional development

What is Least Restrictive Environment?

When referencing the “least restrictive environment”, it sounds like a place. It is not one place; instead, it is a philosophy schools must use according

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Professional development

Challenges of a First-Year Teacher

Typical Challenges of a First-Year Teacher It’s the first day of school, filled with anticipation, hope, and even a touch of anxiety. After spending years

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Professional development

ESL Resources for New Teachers

Typical Challenges for New Teachers All new jobs are stressful in the beginning. However, nothing entirely prepares someone for their first job as a teacher.