Magazine article AMLE Magazine

Starting the Year Right

Magazine article AMLE Magazine

Starting the Year Right

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Teaching is a tough job, but teaching students fresh off a nice summer vacation can be particularly challenging. Chances are pretty good that most of them didn't spend their summer days thinking about (never mind studying) U. S. history, algebra, and music theory.

Unlike your students, you probably spent many summer hours thinking about instruction, Common Core, assessment, data, IEPs, and classroom management. Maybe you participated in some professional development workshops, took an online course or two toward your certification, and read a couple of education-related books. It can be hard to turn off the education brain, even during summer "vacation." Fully intending to "just check" Facebook, you find yourself reading posts, blogs, and tweets from fellow educators and education-related organizations.

And now here you are, ready to jump into another school year, even if your students aren't. We're eager to help you start the year right! This issue of AMLE Magazine offers strategies to engage distracted learners, motivate students to want to learn, make connections, and so much more. …

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