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Indiana EdCast Ep. #36 — Stacey Bunes and Clear Captions

Posted by Tom Mellish, Executive Director, IRTA on Sep 17, 2018 2:26:31 PM

In this episode of Indiana EdCast, we are joined today by Stacey Bunes from ClearCaptions. Welcome Stacey, and we are looking forward to hearing about this free offer that our members can receive if they have hearing loss.

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Topics: Educator Resources, Indiana EdCAST

Indiana EdCast Ep. #35 — Coffman Brothers Financial Principles

Posted by Tom Mellish, Executive Director, IRTA on Sep 11, 2018 1:13:28 PM

In this episode of Indiana EdCast, we are joined by Mike and Joe Coffman from Coffman Wealth Management and Sage Point Financial Inc. 

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Indiana EdCast Ep. #34 — Coach Sparkle & Her Bright Ideas for Student Engagement

Posted by Tom Mellish, Executive Director, IRTA on Sep 5, 2018 11:40:22 AM


Welcome back to Coach Sparkle, aka Ashley Kendricks, an instructional coach for Pleasant Hill Elementary in the North Montgomery Schools. 

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Indiana EdCast Ep. #33 — Coach Sparkle & Her Bright Ideas for Data Collection

Posted by Tom Mellish, Executive Director, IRTA on Aug 28, 2018 11:55:27 AM

We are joined once again by Coach Sparkle, aka Ashley Kendricks, an instructional coach for Pleasant Hill Elementary in the North Montgomery Schools. We welcome Coach Sparkle and look forward to her thoughts on various educational instructional and classroom ideas.

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Indiana EdCast Ep. #32 — Coach Sparkle & Her Bright Ideas for Classroom Culture

Posted by Tom Mellish, Executive Director, IRTA on Aug 7, 2018 8:02:00 AM

This week on Indiana EdCast, I am joined once again by Ashley Kendricks for another installment of Coach Sparkle & Her Bright Ideas! Ashley is an instructional coach for Pleasant Hill Elementary in the North Montgomery Schools. Today we address an area that is one of the hardest to establish, especially for our teachers that are less experienced—classroom management and establishing a positive classroom culture.

Ashley, this is very timely with school just starting. What do I need to do/know to make this my best year of teaching and having a positive effect on all students?

To our listeners, if you have topics that you would like addressed please email me at tmellish@retiredteachers.org.

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Topics: Educator Resources, Indiana EdCAST

Indiana EdCast Ep. #31 — Introducing Coach Sparkle & Her Bright Ideas

Posted by Tom Mellish, Executive Director, IRTA on Aug 1, 2018 8:34:00 AM

Welcome to Indiana EdCast, I am Tom Mellish, ED for IRTA, The Association that advocates for all Indiana retired educators. 

We are joined today by Ashley Kendricks, an instructional coach for Pleasant Hill Elementary in the North Montgomery Schools. We welcome Ashley (aka Coach Sparkle) and look forward to her thoughts on various educational, instructional, and classroom ideas. Look for more episodes in our new series—Coach Sparkle and Her Bright Ideas!

Today we will focus on getting the first year educator ready to start with must-have supplies for their first school year.

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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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How Does Classroom Management Promote Student Learning?

Posted by Tom Mellish, Executive Director, IRTA on May 23, 2017 8:03:00 AM

Practical skills like classroom management and positive behavior strategies are vitally important tools in a teacher's toolkit. Most of these skills are learned on the job, rather than in the university classroom, so inexperienced teachers often struggle with creating a positive environment in their classrooms.

Why is classroom management important, and how does it affect student learning? Let's explore this issue together.

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Topics: Teaching, Educator Resources

How Can I Advocate for Public Education?

Posted by Tom Mellish, Executive Director, IRTA on Apr 4, 2017 1:37:47 PM

Many people want high-quality public education for all, but don't know how to support and advocate for it. Educators, parents, and community members must be empowered to act and speak out for public education.

If you are a school administrator or educator, feel free to share this list on your website, in your classroom newsletters, and on your school's website. By giving specific steps to those who want to help, you can empower others to become advocates of public education.

Here are 10 ways to become an advocate for public education:

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Topics: Volunteer, Educator Resources

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