For Your Information December 1-5 2014 - 2015 Teacher Innovative Grants will Impact Over 25,000 CCISD Students The Clear Creek Education Foundation visited fifty-three outstanding CCISD teachers on 30 campuses during the annual Sur-Prize Patrol on May 22 and May 23. Teachers were surprised by the CCEF board members and community partners with fifty-eight Teacher Innovative Grants totaling over $142,000 and estimated to impact more than 25,000 students in CCISD. 15 Quick and Creative Ways to Group and Partner Students | Scholastic.com Students work collaboratively in our classroom several times throughout the day, with partners and in small groups. There was a time when the mere mention of the word "partner" meant best friends shooting knowing looks across the room at one another. Teacher to parents: About THAT kid (the one who hits, disrupts and influences YOUR kid) Amy Murray is the director of early childhood education at the Calgary French & International School in Canada. The following post, which appeared on her blog, Miss Night's Marbles and which I am republishing with her permission, is a powerful open letter directed to parents about THAT kid, the one other kids go home and talk about, the one who is violent, curses and gets angry in class, the one who parents worry will hurt, disrupt and perhaps influence their own children. FYI: December 1-5 Gratitude: A Powerful Tool for Your Classroom Would you like to improve the culture in your classroom and your life? Try gratitude. Based on my ten years of teaching experience, this is the most powerful tool that I know. Gratitude has empowered me to teach more effectively, appreciate my individual students, grow in my profession, and enjoy life. Classroom Management: The Intervention Two-Step All of us have had major classroom disruptions that try our patience and push our limits. These incidents can threaten our sense of control and generate fear of looking weak to other students. We fear that other students might do the same thing if we don't take a strong stance. Don't forget to take a few seconds and nominate one of your coworkers! Education Awards for Outstanding Teachers, Principals and School Districts - HEB Each year, HEB awards more than $600,000 through its Excellent in Education Awards. Teachers are real life Superheroes EVERYDAY! What's your teaching superpower? WeAreTeachers: Five Superpowers Every Teacher Has Hello. Am I the only one who feels like a total failure of a teacher right now? I'm running on approximately zero motivation, which means today I: Was late to a last-minute meeting because in the two hours I'd already been at school it never even crossed my mind to check my email.