Slice of Life Tuesday: Honoring Anne Frank

“Everybody could improve the world.”

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Anne Frank would have been 88 yesterday.  We took some time to remember her life, and re read her words.  We  spent time looking at photographs of  Anne, noting her clear eyed and steady gaze, her gentle and somewhat mischievous smile.  And we paid a virtual visit to the secret annex – known today as the Anne Frank House.  Then, we wrote Anne to tell her spirit that she still lives within the best of each of us, and that we hope to honor her memory by living in a way that would live up to her hopes for humanity and the world it inhabits.

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Some of what we wrote….

Here is what your words mean to me – even though one may lose something when giving it to others, they do not become poor because they have given all they could and improved our world. You become richer by…

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We were given two ears and one voice for a reason.

This week the teachers say about…

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Teaching can be lonely and can feel isolating unless you find ways to connect with other educators. While there are many online ways to do this, there is something to be said, too, for face to face collaboration and sitting in another teacher’s room, witnessing the magic teachers cast, first-hand.

Kathleen Neagle Sokolowski

Listen to students…Someone once told me we were given two ears and one voice for a reason. What is the writer really saying? Lean in, make eye contact, let them know you’re really hearing them.

Lanny Ball

English continues to develop and change, and a usage guide needs to keep pace.

Oxford University Press

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For all learners, indeed all speakers of a language, their productive vocabulary – the words they actively use regularly – is a subset of their receptive vocabulary – the words they recognize and understand passively.
As teachers though, we often forget this distinction and vocabulary lessons can end up a mixed bag of new words and those that are already familiar, words that students are likely to use and those they may only come across occasionally.

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I learn a lot about my students, but I also learn about me. I find out ways I could support my students better; what I’m doing or not doing in my classroom to help the learning. It’s helpful to listen to the students from their point of view and the discussions they have at home about my class.

Eileen Lennon

Creating a space in the classroom for failure also encourages students to approach solving problems in nonlinear ways, using multiple possibilities and futures for refining their thinking.

Ben Johnson

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What a nightmare! (Words for difficult situations)

Let’s hope the week ahead is free of difficulties and stress!

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by Kate Woodford

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Whether we like it or not, we all have to deal with things that annoy us or cause difficulties and stress. Sadly, it is part of life. This post won’t stop you from having to deal with these things, but it will at least give you a range of words and phrases for talking about them in English!

Let’s start with some single words that refer to different types of problem. A predicament is a bad situation that is difficult to get out of: She’s trying to find a way out of her financial predicament.

A dilemma is a situation in which you have to make a difficult choice between two different things: Now he has been offered the other job, which puts him in a bit of a dilemma.

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22 Ways to Build Intentional Relationships With Your Students

Great tips to keep student engagement

Student trust plays a tremendous role in how well students learn and how much effort they will put in towards work. Wonderful advice and tips for any educator.

1. Know your students’ names. When you use someone’s name, you’re recognizing their identity. It’s simple, but it helps your students know that they’re being seen.

2. Recognize something that your students like.

3. Notice something about your students. “‘Hey, I love your blouse. It’s really pretty.’

4. Ask your students about their experience in after-school activities.

5. If a student is late (or acting up), check in with them. ‘Hey, I’ve seen that you’ve been late for the past couple days. What’s going on? Do you need some help with anything?'”

6. When you’re having conflict with a student, use that as an opportunity.

7. Have your students address you by your first name. This helps humanize you to your students.

8. Know that it takes time to build relationships.

9. Be open, honest, and vulnerable with your students.

10. Bring your personality into your advisory.

11. Help your students learn that not knowing the answer is OK.

12. Guide your students to become resources for each other.

13. Make sure you take care of yourself.

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TOP 6 TEACHERS QUOTES

Live life as though nobody is watching, and express yourself as though everyone is listening.

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Moving on quotes week by week. 

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“Find a purpose to serve, not a lifestyle to live.”

Criss Jami

“Live life as though nobody is watching, and express yourself as though everyone is listening.”

Nelson Mandela

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Moving on quotes

“Although time seems to fly, it never travels faster than one day at a time. Each day is a new opportunity to live your life to the fullest. In each waking day, you will find scores of blessings and opportunities for positive change. Do not let your TODAY be stolen by the unchangeable past or the indefinite future! Today is a new day!”

Steve Maraboli

“Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.”

William Faulkner

“Always Remember to take your Vitamins: Take your Vitamin A for ACTION, Vitamin B for Belief, Vitamin C for Confidence ,Vitamin D for Discipline, Vitamin E for Enthusiasm!!”

Pablo

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Moving on quotes

“If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough.”

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

“I hope you find true meaning, contentment, and passion in your life. I hope you navigate the difficult times and come out with greater strength and resolve. I hope you find whatever balance you seek with your eyes wide open. And I hope that you – yes, you – have the ambition to lean in to your career and run the world. Because the world needs you to change it.”

Sheryl Sandberg

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Relationships are fundamental to all we seek to do in our classroom

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Relationships are fundamental to all we seek to do in our classroom – without that,
without being able to trust that we will all show up and give the best of ourselves (well, most of the time) no matter what, the content of what we teach becomes dry, removed, passion-less. Relationships allow us to learn in spite of feeling under the weather, and even (at times) uninspired.
And relationships grant us permission to be kind to each other so that we can all make it through each learning day in the most positive, constructive way.

Margaret Simon

Having teachers feeling confident about using educational video is a prerequisite to making it an effective part of a district’s curriculum.

Scott Landman

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Teachers quotes

If we want to reach our full potential, we need to learn to free our minds.

Oxford University Press ELT

We spend much of our lives today participating in virtual communities — like our social media networks, online forums, and even the comments sections of websites and blogs.
Students today are already using online tools to facilitate the learning process — like participating in discussions in online forums — so exposing students at an early age to the “rules” of good citizenship is increasingly important.

Joni Nguyen

Students who perceive a teacher as caring have higher attendance and better grades and are more engaged in the classroom and at school.

Rebecca Alber

Reading good essays and literature is not enough on its own to improve student writing. Teachers need to not only model composing but also provide explicit analysis of critical genre features to be subsequently practiced.

Todd Finley

Be a pineapple…

Stand tall. Wear a crown. Be sweet on the inside.

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Be like a Tree also. No matter you are alone. Grow. Grow .Grow yourself.

Don’t depend upon others. And important thing is help those who needed.

Give your blessings to all just like shade to rest in sunshines. Give your fruits to all just like sweet and kindness. Your all work ,things should be helpful. And release Positive vibes as oxygen.