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The Student Whisperer: Students Share 3 Secret "Wishes"

By Chuck Poole

Whenever I speak with teachers about their struggles, the answer I hear when I “read between the lines” of our conversation, is that they cannot seem to figure out how to keep the students interested on a daily basis.  We often think if we stay current with the times, adjust lessons to fit into the…

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How To Make Coding in the Classroom Easy

By Chuck Poole

As teachers, we’re often forced to figure out how to navigate the minds of our students with little information about them. When it comes to their interests, nothing is more dangerous than flying blind. I can tell you that over the years, students have been interested in so many different things due to the rapid…

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7 Reasons Why Teaching is Amazing

By Chuck Poole

Before I decide to do anything in my life worth pursuing I have to ask myself one important question.  “Why am I going to do this?”   To anyone interested in teaching or who is currently teaching, I challenge you to think of your “WHY.”  You will be glad you did! Teachers face a lot…

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Eyes wide shut: What are your students really up to in class?

By Chuck Poole

Students will be students and there will always be times when we know they are not paying attention during class.  This is the nature of the young mind, and a challenge every teacher faces, however is this happening more often than we think? We all have students who are exemplary, who stand out, who strive…

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Five Lessons We Can Learn From Our Students

By Chuck Poole

As teachers, our words carry enormous weight with our students.  They tend to hang on every word we say, even if we think they aren’t, and in turn they learn from the examples we set.  It is because of this that we often feel we have to do all the teaching and they have to…

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The Guilt-Free Teacher: 4 “Tricks” For Saying NO

By Chuck Poole

One of the most common frustrations I hear from fellow teachers is that they need more time.  It would be wonderful to add more hours to the day, but that is simply impossible… or is it? There are many reasons as to why we don’t have extra time in our schedules, but it often comes…

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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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