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7 Innovative Apps for Parent-Teacher Communication

For many parents, connecting with teachers and staying in the loop about their children’s progress in school is of the utmost importance. Studies show parental involvement helps foster and improve academic performance, while lessening children’s chances of developing behavioral problems. Simply put, involved parents help grow successful students, but in an increasingly digital age with increasingly busy parents, there is a demand for highly accessible ways for parents to connect with teachers and vice versa.

Here are seven innovative apps for smart phones/smart d…

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Resolutions for a Happy, Healthy New Year: Teach100 Mentors Weigh In

A new year marks a new beginning — perhaps for some teachers more than others.

The Alliance for Excellent Education estimates that about half a million U.S. teachers either move or leave the profession each year. Research has shown that a range of factors affect teacher retention, especially administrative policies. But the fact that the rate of attrition is higher at high-poverty schools leads many people to hypothesize that heavy workloads and stress is a source of the problem.

So just how many teachers are feeling the pressure? A recent Gallup poll found that 46 percent of teachers report “a lot” of stress on a given day — as much as doctors and nurses, and more than executives, service workers and business owners. Makes sense when you consider that teachers “m…

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The Drill vs. The Hole: The Importance of Being a Relevant Educator

In the earlier 20th century, educators had very few tools to use to accomplish their goal of educating students. Pens, pencils, markers, blackboards, notebooks, and construction paper were staples in every classroom. Eventually, technology evolved and better teaching tools emerged: overhead projectors, record players, filmstrips, movies, VCRs, tape recorders, Xerox printers, and four-function calculators. Each educator made a personal decision as to how much, or how little, they would use the aforementioned tools. Those were the same tools, although very primitive by today’s standards, that society used for curation, calculation, communication, collaboration, and, the ultimate goal of education.

Since all of the tools were commonplace and easy to …

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3 Tips for Great Question Writing

[caption id="attachment_9141" align="alignleft" width="300"] Figure 1. Tower of Hanoi Puzzle[/caption]

Count the number of moves required to duplicate the exact arrangement of disks on the first tower and the last tower.

Rules: Only move one disk at a time. You may never place a larger disk on top of a smaller disk.

Hint: Sketch out your strategy versus trying to walk through the steps in your head.

Possible answers: 5, 7, 9 or 11 moves


Most blog posts don’t open with an assignment for the reader. Why have I chosen to do so? And do you even care why, or are you hoping that in the next few lines I will reveal the correct answer? Chances are, if you actually tried out the puzzle above, you want to know the sol…

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Teachers and Parents: Bridging the Gap

When Parenting magazine and the National Education Association conducted a 2012 survey on parent-teacher communication, 68 percent of teachers reported “difficulty in dealing with parents” — but strangely, 63 percent of parents reported never having difficulties with teachers.

If that weren’t enough of a disconnect, the study also found that more than a third of the parents surveyed “stated their biggest challenge has been teachers’ perceived lack of understanding for their concerns,” while teachers cited “parents’ lack of understanding of their child’s issues” as their biggest challenge.

Other areas of disconnect:

  • Conferences: 71 percent of teachers felt that they hold enough pare…
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Teach100 Mentors: Expertise from Professionals

If you could tell a newcomer any one thing about your job, what would it be?

That’s what we asked the education professionals of the Teach100 community as part of our new Teach100 Mentor series. Education is a demanding line of work, but certain tricks of the trade can ease the way--and lucky for you, we’ve sourced ours from the best: Teach100 Mentors with an average of 10-20+ years of full-time experience working in education.

We organized their answers into the following categories, but the question we asked everyone was the same. Here’s what our Teach100 Mentors have to say to new and aspiring education professionals.

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Teach100 Mentors: Advice from Our Teachers

If you could tell a newcomer any one thing about your job, what would it be?

That’s what we asked the veteran teachers of the Teach100 community as part of our new Teach100 Mentor series. Teaching is a demanding line of work, but certain tricks of the trade can ease the way. Lucky for you, we sourced our tips from the best: Teach100 Mentors with an average of 10-20+ years of full-time teaching experience.

We organized their answers into the following categories, but the question we asked everyone was the same. Here’s what our Teach100 Mentors have to say to new and aspiring teachers.

“What is one piece of advice you would like to offer new and asp…

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