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There is a great deal of talk in education about testing. Some people argue that standardized tests have inherent biases and that they only measure a tiny fraction of what students really learn.  Not all students learn the same things at the same grade-levels across the country, so tests like college entrance exams may not be fair to large groups of students in certain states.

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Aspiring educators who have an adventurous spirit and an enduring desire to reach out to others might consider teaching abroad. Before you make a decision, consider what comes to your mind when you hear the phrase “teaching abroad.” Do you picture yourself leading South African girls in a singing activity? Do you see yourself teaching a large high school class in Japan or South Korea? If you decide to teach abroad, look for an opportunity that corresponds closely with your mental picture. You’ll be more satisfied with the overall experience if you’re immersed in a culture that you’re genuinely interested in.

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At the end of the school year, many students and parents ask teachers how they can help keep academic progress going over vacation. Parents want to ensure their children are reading throughout the summer but they often do not know where to start when it comes to picking the best books for the children. Elementary school teachers love to put together summer reading lists to help solve this problem.

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By Kennedy Lane
Professional Writing Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

May 7 is national teacher appreciation day. Teachers do so much for their students, they are feeding the minds of today’s youth, the people who are going to be our future leaders. They are deserving of all of our thanks. Here are some ways that you can show your teachers how much you appreciate them.

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Personalized learning is a big trend in education right now, and for good reason. It is showing great results for student learning and engagement. Though personalized learning looks different in every district, school and classroom, there are certain foundational pieces that are the same. No matter where it happens, personalized learning emphasizes student ownership of their learning. The teacher acts as a facilitator, while the students drive curriculum based on interest and need.

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By Cordelia Bailey Abram
Fourth Grade Teacher, College of Education

It’s important that teachers break the mold of thinking that all students are to be assessed the same way. Many teachers remember as students they were given tests all at the same time, with the same paper and pencil test. Our students today are a “new generation student” with new ways of receiving information as well as new interests and talents that drive how they want to demonstrate their knowledge. 

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By Micah Lee
College of Education, Alumna

Teachers spend a lot of energy and time building relationships with their students and the parents of those students, but there are other relationships within the school building that are often overlooked and those are the relationships between teaching colleagues. While building relationships with one’s students is so important and vital to successful classroom management, eventually those students will move on to the next grade and a new teacher. Building relationships with one’s colleagues can provide advice, guidance, a listening ear that truly understands and even a good belly laugh when it is needed most!

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By Dr. Stephanie Knight
Adjunct Faculty, College of Education

You’re in the HOME stretch.

This is the period between the last turn to the winning line. How can you assure that your year finishes on a high note? The last couple months of school can be chockfull of momentous experiences, or conversely can be filled with wishes of it all to be over. It’s all up to you.

SPRING into action now!

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By Kennedy Lane
Professional Writing Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

As a new teacher it is critical to establish an environment that is conducive to learning. There will be times when students exhibit challenging behaviors, and it is important to know how to handle those situations when they arise. Here are some ways to handle those situations.

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By Dr. Stephanie Knight
Faculty, College of Education

While driving my Kindergartener to school, I’m flooded with questions. No, I’m not analyzing life’s deepest thoughts at the moment, but rather, my daughter has her curious hat on, and she’s wondering about the concept of termites today. Yesterday, it was what is gluten and do nuts have it in them.

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