Sheldon Soper is a New Jersey middle school teacher with over a decade of classroom experience teaching students to read, write, and problem-solve across multiple grade levels. He holds teaching certifications in English, Social Studies, and Elementary Education as well as Bachelor's and Master's degrees in the field of education. In addition to his teaching career, Sheldon is also a content writer for a variety of education, technology, and parenting websites. You can follow Sheldon on Twitter @SoperWritings and on his blog.


The Latest Classroom Tech Still Needs a Teacher’s Creative Touch

While these new technologies are certainly impressive to behold, they do not produce authentic, standards-driven learning experiences on their own. It takes skilled educators to look beyond the flash to turn virtual experiences into actual learning opportunities.

 

Teaching Students to Do More than Just Recycle

In the time since, schools and communities have invested substantial amounts of time and resources both educating people about the value of recycling and creating programs to make the recycling of waste more efficient and ubiquitous.

The Two Biggest Challenges in Changing How Teachers Get Paid

Being an effective teacher requires a unique blend of skill, experience, education, and collaboration. One of the challenges in translating these skills into an appropriate salary figure is that some of them are tricky to quantify.

Why Teachers Get Paid Differently Than Other Professionals (Part One)

One of the most perplexing elements of the teaching profession to outsiders and novices is the way teachers’ salaries and pay raises are determined. Unlike most jobs in the private sector, educators are typically paid according to salary scales that use quantifiable metrics like years of service and numbers of college credits to determine how much a teacher should earn.

Promoting Learning in an Overcrowded Classroom

What are teachers to do when faced with an overabundance of students but a limited amount of space, time, and energy to fulfill all of the individual learning needs in the room? There is no one-size-fits-all solution; however, there are strategies that can help turn even the most congested classroom setting into an environment conducive to learning and growth

Letting Go of the Dream of A Paperless Classroom

Say goodbye to over-stuffed binders, long lines at the copy machine, and stacks of papers to grade. When students have one-to-one access to devices like iPads or Chromebooks, paper can become a thing of the past!

Not so fast.

For all of technology’s perks, there is something to be said for hanging on to analog learning activities. When students have the opportunity to learn and create products in the physical space rather than the digital one, it can lead to increases in engagement, comprehension, retention, and equity.