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TRTF Delivering Grants!
TRTF Delivering Grants!
Yesterday, Texas Retired Teachers Foundation (TRTF) Trustee Carolyn Lance delivered a $500 Classroom Assistance Grant o teacher Brittany Miller (center). Brittany Miller works at A.C. New Middle School in Balch Springs, teaching technology to 7th and 8th graders. With her grant funds, Ms. Miller will create a robotics club, purchasing LEGO Ev3 robotics kits. The club will foster curiosity in fields of work that could help make them financially stable in the future. Also featured in the photo are Ms. Miller's students who attend her technology class and Dr. Stacy Carpenter, A.C. New Middle School Principal (right).
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Down With 8 A.M. Classes: Undergrads Learn Better Later In The Day, Study Finds
Down With 8 A.M. Classes: Undergrads Learn Better Later In The Day, Study Finds

Mariah Evans, a sociology professor at the University of Nevada, Reno, began to notice a trend in her morning classes: Her students were falling asleep.

While this would make most feel discouraged in their teaching abilities or agitated over their students' idleness, Evans instead was curious. Was there more to this than just laziness?
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Smart Ed-Tech Strategy That Comes From the Classroom
Smart Ed-Tech Strategy That Comes From the Classroom

Three times Joseph Williams was asked to become technology director of Southern California's Perris Union High School District.

Three times he refused.
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TRTF Honors Long-Serving Trustees
TRTF Honors Long-Serving Trustees
The Texas Retired Teachers Foundation (TRTF) is pleased to honor the service of two long-serving trustees on our board, La Vonne Rogers and Carolyn Lance. Their terms with the board will expire this year on June 30.
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Where Corporal Punishment Is Still Used In Schools, Its Roots Run Deep
Where Corporal Punishment Is Still Used In Schools, Its Roots Run Deep

Robbinsville High School sits in a small gap in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. Green slopes dotted with cattle hug in around the school before they rise into a thick cover of pine trees.

David Matheson is the principal here. And he's the only high school principal in the state who still performs corporal punishment. At Robbinsville, corporal punishment takes the form of paddling - a few licks on the backside Matheson delivers with a long wooden paddle.

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National Teacher Day is May 9
National Teacher Day is May 9
Teachers give us so much. A boost of confidence when we really need one. Extra help when we're having trouble. A welcoming presence when everything else seems out of control. And though we know we can't ever thank them enough, we can take a moment during National Teacher Appreciation Week to share our appreciation for the special educators in our lives.
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Why Giving Effective Feedback Is Trickier Than It Seems
Why Giving Effective Feedback Is Trickier Than It Seems
Teachers intuitively know that giving feedback on student work is an important part of the learning process. Research on different learning strategies conducted by John Hattie bears out what many know instinctively to be true -- in order to improve at something humans need to know what they're doing well and how they can improve. But giving effective feedback in the classroom can be trickier than it seems. It's more of an art than a simple practice and requires the teacher to be disciplined and thoughtful about what is worthy of feedback, as well as when to give it.
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How to Create Appointment Slots in Google Calendar
How to Create Appointment Slots in Google Calendar
Whether you're looking for a way to let students schedule office hours with you or you're trying to streamline scheduling meetings with parents, Google Calendar provides a convenient solution in the form of appointment slots. In the following video I demonstrate how to create appointment slots in Google Calendar.
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Opening the Door: Teaching Students to Use Visualization to Improve Comprehension
Opening the Door: Teaching Students to Use Visualization to Improve Comprehension
Visualizing text is a proven way to improve reading comprehension. It is a technique that can be taught using this simple, step-by-step strategy from literacy consultant Cathy Puett Miller. Included: Tips and resources for developing students' comprehension skills.
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Educators, Enter For a Chance to Win 500 books For Your School
Educators, Enter For a Chance to Win 500 books For Your School
There is still time to enter the Dav Pilkey Educator Contest! Now until this Friday (April 14th!), educators can to enter the Dav Pilkey Summer Reading Educator Contest for a chance to win a set of 500 books for their school to help kick off students' summer reading. One eligible school from each U.S. state, territory, and D.C. will receive a variety of popular Scholastic titles.
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