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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

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

Student Assessment Data Reporting Tool for Teachers

Posted by Tom Mellish, Executive Director, IRTA on Nov 3, 2016 12:31:57 PM

We recently had conversations with two local elementary teachers and asked them: "What resources would be valuable to YOU in your classroom?" 

Their answer was surprising, at first.

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Topics: Educator Resources

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