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Top 12 Most Popular Education Articles of 2011

Patty Murray

 

We're kicking off our New Year's K-12 countdowns with the most popular education articles that ran on TeachHUB this year.

 

Here are the top 12 TeachHUB Articles of 2011 based on your visits:


Top 12 Most Popular Education Articles of 2011# 1:  20 Amazing iPad Apps for Educators

After the iPod revolutionized how society listened to music and the iPhone pushed the boundaries of smartphone technology, the iPad stands poised to alter the face of mobile computing. Many have praised its potential to make personal and professional lives that much easier – and that certainly includes the education industry!

 

Teachers with a love of technology and a passion for nurturing the minds of their students can easily discover creative ways to incorporate the iPad into the daily routine, and some of these great educational and organizational applications are bound to help them get started. read more 

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[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"4541","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"85","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"120"}}]]#2:  100+ Google Tricks for Teachers

It's Google's world, we're just teaching in it.

Now, we can use it a little more easily. With classes, homework, and projects–not to mention your social life–time is truly at a premium for all teachers, so why not take advantage of the wide world that Google has to offer?

From super-effective search tricks to Google tools specifically for education to tricks and tips for using Gmail, Google Docs, and Google Calendar, these tricks will surely save you some precious time. read more.

 

Top 12 Most Popular Education Articles of 2011#3:  Engaging Classroom Games for All Grades

Who doesn’t like to play games?  Not only are games fun, interactive, and social, but they're also great tools for learning.

With so many demands placed on educators to always be ‘standards-focused,’ game can seem like more of a distraction than an instructional tool (especially to principals passing by).  I know many teachers who shy away from games completely because they don’t want their principal to walk in and say, “Umm, Mrs. Pak, why are your students playing around instead of learning?”

On the other hand, games add flair and student engagement to more tedious, yet necessary tasks like teaching math facts, grammar rules and vocabulary, reviewing for tests or even completing lab experiments. Adding an element of competition motivates and energizes students. Here are my nine student-favorite games to use in K-12 classrooms. read more.

 

Top 12 Most Popular Education Articles of 2011#4:  First Day of School Activities Students Love

The first day of school will be here before you know it. Most teachers face the big day with enthusiasm, but they dread the inevitable challenge: what to do on the first day of school.

Every teacher’s approach is different. Whatever your goal, here are a few things to try to get the school year off to a great start! read more.

 

Top 12 Most Popular Education Articles of 2011#5:  Teacher Reminder: Students Didn't Choose Their Parents

“They did not choose their parents..."
“They didn’t choose their genetic pool.”
“They couldn’t say I want two college-educated parents who love me, care for me, and make education my priority.”


These words were spoken at the 2011 PLC Summit I attended in Arizona last week. I realized after hearing this statement, that many times, I get frustrated with my students about things over which they have no control. And I'm resolving to change my ways. read more.

 

Top 12 Most Popular Education Articles of 2011#6:  9/11 Teaching Resources: 10 Year Anniversary

With the 10-year anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks approaching, now is the time for you and your students to commemorate that infamous day in American history.

We've collected some thought-provoking activities, writing prompts, teacher-recommended resources and lesson plan sites to help you out. read more

 

Top 12 Most Popular Education Articles of 2011#7:  Top 12 Ways to Increase Student Participation

Call it "active learning," or "classroom participation" -- every teacher wants more involved students and fewer apathetic ones. With a little extra planning, that is possible.


Below are four common reasons students don’t participate and techniques to solve those problems and spice up your lessons. read more.

 

Top 12 Most Popular Education Articles of 2011#8:  99 Reasons Teachers Rock

The education community has been all gloom and doom recently, with Waiting for Superman, protests with bad press, and more standards on top of foolish mandates coming down from every which way.

 

At TeachHUB, we want to remind all you teachers that we know you rock. Here are 99 reasons to prove it! read more.

 

Top 12 Most Popular Education Articles of 2011#9:  40 Alternative Assessments for Learning

When people think of assessment, pencils and bubble sheets may be the first things that come to mind. Assessment does not always have to involve paper and pencil, but can instead be a project, an observation, or a task that shows a student has learned the material. 


In the end, all we really want to know is that the skill was mastered, right?  Why not make it fun and engaging for students as well?

 

Here are 40 alternative assessment ideas to get you started! read more.

 

Top 12 Most Popular Education Articles of 2011#10:  Effective Co-Teaching Strategies

With inclusion on the rise, teachers are sharing classrooms more than ever and becoming an effective co-teaching partner is a teaching essential.

 

A co-teaching team typically includes a general and a special educator who teach the general education curriculum to all students as well as implement Individual Education Programs (IEPs) for students with disabilities. Both educators on the co-teaching team are responsible for differentiating the instructional planning and delivery, assessment of student achievement, and classroom management.  read more. 


Top 12 Most Popular Education Articles of 2011#11: 12 Ways to Motivate Students at the End of the School Year

Keeping kids motivated and on task at the end of the year is challenging at best, especially after state tests are over. In fact, the more we prep kids for tests, the harder it is to keep kids on task after testing ends. Yet keeping kids motivated at this time of year is actually much easier than you might think. Since kids are more chatty and restless at this time of year, it’s just a matter of funneling that energy into something constructive

Here are 12 effective strategies to turn students' end-of-the-year energy into instructional success. read more.

 

Top 12 Most Popular Education Articles of 2011#12:  12 Reasons to Be Thankful You Are a Teacher
Teaching is not a profession known for instant gratification. Sometimes, we teachers can feel completely unappreciated. 

Dubbed a “thankless job”, teaching comes with many daily challenges. Grading, meetings, more grading, planning and the seemingly hundreds of tasks we are charged with can make us feel frustrated and burned out.  More often than not, we take on much more than our job description.  Everything from improving student’s academic abilities to making up for their inadequate home life leads to a feeling of overwhelm and negativity. read more.