Classroom Tools

5 Neat Things You Can Do With Google Sheets
5 Neat Things You Can Do With Google Sheets

Once you get the hang of working with Google Sheets there are a lot of great ways to use spreadsheets as a teacher or as a student. Here's a run-down of some of my favorite things to do with Google Sheets in the classroom.

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School Leaders: Top Tips For Keeping Your Morale High
School Leaders: Top Tips For Keeping Your Morale High

Leading a school is a privilege, and a tremendous opportunity to have a positive influence – to lead in the way you think it should be done, to focus on the priorities you believe to be the right ones and to create an environment where it is possible for those you lead to be their best selves. You have the chance to make a difference to the lives of students, and of staff, on a scale unlike any other you have ever known. There’s huge reward and satisfaction in this, and, in my experience, joy.

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Celebrating Best Friends, Both Real and Fictional
Celebrating Best Friends, Both Real and Fictional

Today is National Best Friends Day, which has me thinking about what it means, exactly, to be a best friend. Among my closest friends, I know that I can count on them to be there for me no matter what. We laugh together until we cry, and we sometimes cry together until we're laughing again. No matter how far away from each other we live or how long it's been since we've talked, I know that we can pick back up like nothing's changed whenever we want to. And we all know each other's favorite ice cream.

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Increasing Salaries So Teachers Don't Have To Become Principals
Increasing Salaries So Teachers Don't Have To Become Principals

Spencer Campbell spends much of his days walking the halls of Elk Ridge Middle School, checking breezeways for kids playing hooky, redirecting foot traffic between classes and checking on substitute teachers.

Campbell is one of two assistant principals at Elk Ridge, a school just south of Salt Lake City, Utah. It's his first year in the role and he looks the part. He's in his late 30s, sharply dressed, walks briskly and carries a walkie-talkie on his belt.
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Where the Teacher's Pet Sleeps in a Dog Bed
Where the Teacher's Pet Sleeps in a Dog Bed

Room 125A at Public School 75 in Manhattan has all the usual trappings of an elementary school classroom. There are low tables and little chairs. There is student work on the wall, covered in crooked, wobbly letters and the occasional rainbow. There is a computer for the teacher and a colorful carpet.

And then there is the dog bed, puffy and yellow with toys burrowed in its crevices. That belongs to Maisy, a friendly beagle-Jack Russell terrier mix, who works at this public school on the Upper West Side. She commutes to school each day by subway with her human, a kindergarten teacher who carries Maisy in a large black bag.

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9 TED Talks Recommended by Students, for Students
9 TED Talks Recommended by Students, for Students
Which TED Talks do students love? We asked TED-Ed Club Members around the world to share their favorites.
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At 43, Goodwill Helped Her Get A High School Diploma
At 43, Goodwill Helped Her Get A High School Diploma

At 43 years old, Katina Johnson is planning her high school graduation party. It's been about thirty years since she dropped out of middle school when she found out she was pregnant.

Even before then, though, she'd never had a stable education. Her mother was addicted to drugs and moved her around a lot before she died when Johnson was just 12 years old. "That was the last time I even seen the inside of a school," she says.

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Teaching Your Students How to Have a Conversation
Teaching Your Students How to Have a Conversation

I was recently in a third grade classroom and was struck by the presence of rules that were posted for how to have a conversation. The poster said, "Each person must contribute to the discussion but take turns talking. Ask each other, 'Would you like to add to my idea?' or 'Can you tell us what you are thinking?' Ask questions so that you understand each other's ideas. Say, 'Can you tell me more about that?' or 'Can you say that in another way?'"

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Last Week of Session: Latest Updates on TRS-Care
Last Week of Session: Latest Updates on TRS-Care
TRTA Executive Director Tim Lee is joined by Bill Barnes and Ronnie Jung to discuss the Texas Legislature's budget and HB 3976.
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Reflecting On the End Of the School Year
Reflecting On the End Of the School Year
The last month of school is a bookend, just as defining as the beginning. As teachers, we start the year sharing our expectations and setting classroom routines, as well as getting to know the dynamics of the students and their classes. But how do you tie it all up at the end?
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