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Dear IC…Teaching Reading Skills with an Engaging Read-Aloud

By Laura Washington, Teaching Excellence Dear IC, I am an elementary teacher who is looking for ways to keep my students engaged during our reading lessons. We have been working a lot on the same skills throughout the school year (cause and effect, point of view, and making inferences) and I am looking for some … Continue reading

Involve Everyone Who Cares: Engaging Others to Create Change

By Calvin J. Stocker, Teaching Excellence Instructional Coach It’s usually during the spring months that we find moments to reflect on the work we have participated in over the past year and look forward to the next year. As many of us consider the work we have done thus far to promote educational equality for … Continue reading

5 Links for a 21st Century Classroom

Are you looking to push you class into the 21st century? Students today are technology savvy so why not leverage those skills into meaningful learning projects? Check out our 5 favorite links below to up the tech in your class. These links offer easy, straight forward strategies to try with your students. Haiku Deck: Haiku … Continue reading

Teaching Excellence Teacher Spotlight: Dymon Morgan

What organization do you work for? KIPP Houston What grade-level and subject do you teach? I teach 11th grade, Physics. Where did you attend college and in what did you major? List all that apply. I went to Spelman College. I was a Psychology major on a pre-med track. What is the best part of … Continue reading

The More You Read, the More You Know: Book Recommendations for ELA Teachers

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” ― Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut! As educators, we know the value of reading and try to instill that passion for reading and learning in our students. As teachers, we … Continue reading

Teaching Excellence Teacher Spotlight: Meredith Cook

What organization do you work for? Spring Branch ISD What grade-level and subject do you teach? 7th and 8th grade- Mathematics Where did you attend college and in what did you major? List all that apply. Texas A&M University- Majored in Psychology What is the best part of teaching? What is the most difficult part … Continue reading

What to Do With All Those White Walls? 5 Must Haves to Improve the Physical Environment in Your Classroom

Research conducted over the past 30 years has shown that the quality of the classroom environment is a significant determinant of student learning (Fraser, 1994, 1998). Students perform better and have more positive attitudes toward the subject taught when they perceive the classroom environment positively. So what do you need as a teacher to make … Continue reading

Why Didn’t I Think of That? 5 Classroom Tips and Tricks Take 2

  The internet has so many great tips and tricks to make teachers’ lives easier, and sometimes it is hard to find the time to sort through them all. Here is a list of our recent favorites.   Paint the ends of popsicle sticks different colors so you know who you called on, but the … Continue reading

Teaching Excellence Teacher Spotlight: Caitlin Brown

What organization do you work for? Spring Branch ISD What grade-level and subject do you teach? Fifth grade- Bilingual science Where did you attend college and in what did you major? List all that apply. I graduated from Stanford University with a major in Public Policy concentrating in environmental policy. What is the best part … Continue reading

March PLS Preview

March 23rd marks the last official Teaching Excellence Professional Learning Saturday of this school year. We hope to send off our teachers with some new and impactful sessions this month. We’ll be offering two of the sessions we provided in February, so teachers can attend those they may have missed. Additionally, four other new sessions … Continue reading

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