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10 Ways Teachers Are Creating Natural Learning Environments in the Classroom

Posted by Indiana Retired Teachers Association on Sep 13, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Classrooms can quickly become filled with paperwork, busy bulletin boards, signs, pictures—a thousand creative ideas that suddenly become very noisy and cluttered.

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Topics: Teaching, Educator Resources

10 of the Best Free Online Teacher Resources for the Classroom

Posted by Indiana Retired Teachers Association on Aug 30, 2017 9:47:05 AM

The world of online educational resources is ever-changing and sites that were popular a few years earlier have disappeared. Some of the sites that have made this list are familiar to many, notably Khan Academy and Google Earth, but are there because of the breadth and depth of their content. Others like Share My Lesson and Diigo may be new to you but well worth a look and their modern interfaces are easy to navigate and search for the right topics. Enjoy and share.

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Topics: Educator Resources

5 Things to Think About When Starting a Second Career

Posted by Indiana Retired Teachers Association on Aug 3, 2017 10:43:38 AM
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Topics: Post Retirement

How to Recruit Great Volunteers

Posted by Indiana Retired Teachers Association on May 9, 2017 2:30:58 PM

Nonprofit organizations need volunteers – even more than money.

More than 62.6 million Americans volunteer for great causes, which is about 24 percent of our country’s population. Though we still are -- as Arthur Schlesinger once wrote -- a “nation of joiners”, the number of people who give of their time has been declining.

Volunteers collective provide more than $175 billion worth of services. Getting them involved, however, is becoming more challenging. People are working longer hours and retirees – a great source of volunteers – often have to work part time to make ends meet.

If you find yourself in charge of recruiting volunteers, as a board member or organization leader, there are proven ways to get people into the fold. Here are some:

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Topics: Volunteer

Indiana Teacher Retirement Fund 101

Posted by Indiana Retired Teachers Association on Oct 10, 2016 9:06:42 PM

Another Indiana General Assembly biennial budget is approaching, and once again the state’s financial health will be under the microscope.

Undoubtedly, teacher pensions will get another look. What that means to Indiana’s 144,000 active, inactive and retired teachers and their beneficiaries remains to be seen.

To help keep your retirement benefits in perspective, it’s helpful to know a little history about Indiana’s Teacher Retirement Fund and it’s more than $10.5 billion in assets.

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Topics: Legislature

Parent Communication Tips for Student Success

Posted by Indiana Retired Teachers Association on Sep 26, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Communication is key, as they say. Effective communication is an important part of the parent teacher relationship. Parents need to know important information about the school, but they also want to know what their child is doing in the classroom. Providing this information can help create effective parent teacher partnerships which will lead to student success. 

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How to Build a DonorsChoose Campaign

Posted by Indiana Retired Teachers Association on Sep 12, 2016 9:00:00 AM

As an educator, you've most likely heard of It's a website that allows teachers to post their classroom needs, and donors to select the projects and classrooms they want to help. The goal is that all students will have the tools and experiences they need to excel.

DonorsChoose was started by a teacher who realized the cost of purchasing supplies and equipment wasn't always feasible. He thought there might be donors out there who would love to help and see children succeed, and he was right! After the first few posts from his colleagues, the site spread nationwide and it's available to every public school in America.

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Topics: finance, Teaching

Great Sites for Elementary Student Research

Posted by Indiana Retired Teachers Association on Aug 30, 2016 10:19:28 AM

Kids can find anything on the Internet. Unfortunately, anything and everything.

Research websites for children, however, can be valuable tools for getting information for classroom projects.

As an elementary school teacher, what can you do to help your students find reliable research on the Internet and keep them safe from inappropriate material?

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Topics: Teaching

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