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Student Engagement

Student Engagement Authentic Engagement and Student-Centered Learning The concept of student engagement has been sharpened and clarified over the years.  Gone are the days of lecture-style teaching where engagement meant students were compliant, sitting still, and focused on the teacher.  Today, education is moving away from teacher-led instruction to student-centered learning.  You will hear buzz […]

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Lesson Plans

Lesson Plans KNOW THE DIFFERENCE With the implementation of T-TESS, it is important to know the difference in the components of instruction.  Many times educators are expected to write lesson plans that explain in detail the planning process and every aspect of the lesson cycle resulting in ten to sometimes twenty-page lesson plans.  It is

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Documentation is the Key

Documentation Is The Key Document! Document! Document! How many times have we heard this in education?  Proactive and effective documentation is a great tool.  More importantly, being able to share the documentation with parents, students, colleagues, and administration makes it powerful.  Whether you are planning instruction, meeting with a parent, participating in a 504 or

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Mandatory DAEP Placement

Mandatory DAEP Placement The Texas Legislature passed legislation that gives more authority to teachers to maintain a safe and orderly classroom.  Until recently, a school was limited on what they could do with a student who threatened a teacher.  Consequences ranged from conferences with the student to out-of-school suspension. As of September 1, 2019, the

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Discipline: Documentation

Discipline: Documenation Making A List And Checking It Twice It is important to document students’ misconduct.  Finding a simple system for recording infractions can make this easier.  Complicated systems are time-consuming and do not always get used.  One simple way is Communicator Cards (3 x 5 cards) placed on each student’s desk or notebook.  Each

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