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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: Educator Resources, Teaching

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: Educator Resources, Teaching

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 DonorsChoose.org. 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: Teaching, finance

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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