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Top Tips For New Teachers

The new school year has arrived. For some, that means a return to familiar faces, routines and resources, for new teachers it can be a nerve-wracking plunge into unknown territory. Find your footing as a budding educator with a few simple guidelines. Establish Clear Rules Set yourself some homework. Put together a clear, comprehensive list […]

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Five Amazing Female Mathematicians

Having good role models can make a huge difference for women who want to pursue mathematics. So to inspire your daughters and students here are some famous females who excelled in math, through the ages.   1) Hypatia (c.350/370 AD – 415/416) Hypatia may be one of the first female mathematicians. She followed her father […]

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The Women Who Put Men Into Space

On 24th November 2015, President Barack Obama presented Katherine Johnson with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States. Unlike other recipients of the award that year – including Steven Spielberg, James Taylor and Willie Mays – Katherine Johnson was not a household name in America. She was not a movie […]

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Why Place Value Is So Important

Place value is one of the key concepts in mathematics curriculum and though it is only explicitly in the standards in the lower grades, understanding place value (or not understanding it) will follow students through their mathematics journey. It is essential that students understand the meaning of a number. For example, in the number 635, […]

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Gesturing Towards Better Grades

Does your child need a wide berth when they are engaged in a passionate discussion? Do their arms hit vases when they are talking about their day at school? Do you sometimes think (despite being truly familiar with their hereditary landscape) that they might be Italian? If the answer to any of these is “yes,” […]

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Every Student Succeeds…What Does That Mean For Teachers?

It has been nearly two months since the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law. The bill, passed by the Senate on December 9th and signed by President Obama December 10th, gives state and local governments more power over educational policies, including standards, assessments, and teacher evaluation systems. Replacing the No Child Left Behind […]

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Surviving Substitute Teaching

It’s a cruel fact that the oversupply of elementary teachers means many teachers – especially new graduates – have to rely increasingly on casual and substitute work. Substitute teaching can be tough: the faces and routines are unfamiliar and all too often students see the absence of their usual teacher as the chance for a […]

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Why Students Should Learn Another Language (and so should you!)

When you’re an English speaker it seems like the world is your oyster. You can travel almost anywhere and find people to communicate with, books to read, movies to see. You’ll find English speakers in virtually any international career path, in universities and corporations worldwide, programming computers and smartphones, dominating Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Yep […]