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4 Types of Students ALL Teachers Meet and How To Handle Them: PART 2

By Chuck Poole

There are so many different personalities that fill our classrooms each and every day.  Last week we talked about four types of students we often see.  This week we want to touch on FOUR MORE personality types we meet as teachers and how to handle them! Each student is an individual and one of the…

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4 Types of Students ALL Teachers Meet and How To Handle Them

By Chuck Poole

Over the years, I have noticed an increasing tendency for students to walk through my door and carry with them personality traits very similar to those who came before them.  There are many types of students that we see each year.  The advantage of seeing different “types” of students is that we know how to…

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8 Mistakes To Avoid As A New Teacher

By Chuck Poole

Great teachers are those who take action and get things done.  They often seem to know all the answers and every strategy that works, as well as the ones that do not.  The truth is, great teachers make mistakes and learn from those mistakes year after year.  They reflect, collaborate, and improve as much as possible. …

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3 Ways To Fuel "Self-Motivation" In Students

By Chuck Poole

Psychologists believe that people are either motivated intrinsically or extrinsically to do something or accomplish a task. Both forms of motivation will present themselves to us over time and depending on the task, we may be motivated by something external or internal.  “Extrinsic Motivation” is used in the classroom often throughout the year by many…

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Three "Seating Zones" To Enhance Productivity In The Classroom

By Chuck Poole

There are only so many hours in a school day for a teacher to interact and teach students. For teachers in the middle school and high school, where students switch classes, it may only be 45 minutes!  In order to be effective day in and day out we all understand that routines are absolutely necessary. One simple…

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Lessons From Willy Wonka

By Chuck Poole

As a tribute to Gene Wilder and his amazing portrayal of Willy Wonka, I wanted to share five lessons we could gather from this iconic character. Lesson 1: It’s OK to dream, because dreamers change the world. As teachers we must allow our students to dream big because we never know which ‘little dreamer’ will…

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Three Simple Ways to Improve Student Behavior

By Chuck Poole

Most of us start out the school year with great ideas, focused on new ways to engage and educate students, but roadblocks often surface before we’re too far along. We might be tempted to complain when these obstacles come or blame others out of frustration, but the solution may be to implement simple habits early…

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The Power of Positivity

By Chuck Poole

As teachers we spend countless hours doing our best to make learning relevant.  We research, we study, and we create engaging lessons everyday. At times however it can seem that all of our hard work isn’t even noticed which can leave us feeling unappreciated and let down.  When I first started my teaching career I felt overwhelmed,…

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