Transform your Classroom, Transform Learning

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Amber Ernst with students dressed as surgeons

Crawling into your classroom cave, donning a white coat to perform surgery, or jumping into a retro video game are just a few of the ways I love to engage students. I began seeing classroom transformations across social media and knew this was the answer! I researched ideas long before production and specifically tailored them Read More

Positivity Is Infectious

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Teacher with students

Teacher—at first glance, it appears to be a rather ordinary word. Yet, for me, teacher evokes the extraordinary passion I have for my profession. The future is continually formed within the teacher’s classroom, and it is part of my philosophy, my mission, to ensure that future is bright. I recently talked with a former student Read More

Missouri District Goes Above and Beyond for Homeless Students

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Joes Place

I accepted a position to teach 6th grade math at Maplewood-Richmond Heights elementary school in April 2012. I was intrigued by the district’s initiatives and programs that supported the learning and life needs of students. The most intriguing, perhaps, was a program called Joe’s Place. Joe’s Place offers homeless teenage boys in the Maplewood-Richmond Heights Read More

Angela Perkins, Platte County R-III

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Flexible seating in Angie's classroom

About a year ago, I was sitting in my local craft coffee shop, reading the afternoon away. I began to people watch. The man lounging in the leather arm chair; the woman meeting with a client at the long wooden table; the small group of teenagers giggling and taking selfies in the corner booth. I Read More

Guest Educator Column — Sheila Carves, Ferguson-Florissant

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Sheila Carves with tortoise

“The teacher matters…” is a simple yet powerful quote by John Hattie that I have found useful to motivate, encourage and empower the students, teachers and parents that I serve in the Ferguson-Florissant School District (FFSD) and internationally. I grew up in similar demographics as the students in my district. I didn’t have a lot Read More

Lindsay Thompson, Fort Osage

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Lindsay Thompson Teaching

My first and most important job is to encourage learning. This only happens when students see me as a learner. This only occurs when I celebrate their uniqueness and join them in the process of learning. Writing with students can be intimidating, but the vulnerability they watch me have, helps them be open to sharing Read More

Cathy Cartier, Affton

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Cathy Cartier with class

It’s two weeks into a new school year, and everyone is adjusting.   A former student passes my door, stops and, flashing her metal-filled smile, says, “Mrs.  Cartier, how are you? I miss your class already. I’m kind of nervous about AP Lang.”  I take in her pony-tailed red hair, her thin runner’s build complete with Read More