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What You Need to Know about Teacher Certification Exams

No matter in what state you plan to teach elementary school, you are required to take a teacher licensing exam - and pass it - to obtain certification. Many times, the anxiety for this knowledge-based test surpasses that of most of the college courses you take in your education course of study. It is, therefore, even more disturbing to realize that over half of prospective teachers…

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Employ these Creative Strategies for Distance Learning

While some school districts have made their decisions about how school will look this fall, others are still working hard to offer the best scenarios for families, teachers, and students. It is likely that few people will be satisfied with whatever option they must follow. What is certain is that educators will do everything they can to implement as many learning strategies as possible to ensure…

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Teaching Diversity and Acceptance in the Elementary Classroom

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Depending on your school district and where it is located, there are a variety of scenarios concerning the “look” of your elementary classroom. You may be situated in the inner city or a rural setting. Many educators are somewhere in between. Your group of students can be a daunting mix of backgrounds that include differences in religion, race, beliefs, socioeconomic status, and ability. Often, these differences…

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How Can I Keep My Students Engaged in Online Learning?

It is still not completely certain what our classrooms will look like for Fall 2020. Students and teachers may be back in the classroom with some modifications due to COVID-19. Distance learning may continue like it did in the spring. There may also be a combination of the two. Most people agree that it is more challenging to keep students engaged in a lesson when it…

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Covid-19 Leads to Adjustments in Teacher Licensing Protocols

When the coronavirus shut down the country beginning mid-March 2020, it negatively affected multiple industries, and adversely affected teacher candidates, as well. Not only were in-person college classes suspended, but student-teaching was cancelled or relegated to remote instruction, and teacher licensing exams terminated, at least temporarily. College students who had waited for four years to realize their dreams of being a teacher were left not knowing…

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It is Never too Early to Plan Your Teacher Portfolio

Even if you are just beginning your teacher education journey as a freshman, it is wise to think about your portfolio and how it will look by the time you graduate. Your portfolio is the collection of documents that demonstrates your educational proficiency and experience that you present to principals and/or the human resources department at your local board of education when you apply for a…

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