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Todd Finley's professional blog, sharing teaching and learning strategies.

Teaching and Learning Strategies, Resources, Tips,

Todd Finley's professional blog, sharing teaching and learning strategies.

Teaching and Learning Strategies, Resources, Tips,

Teaching and Learning Strategies, Resources, Tips,

As academic pressures and safety concerns continue to rise, school administrators have considered restricting recess breaks for increased instruction time or as punishment for bad behavior. However, recess is a crucial part of a child’s development and should not be restricted. Click the photo to read a teacher's perspective on recess.

The importance of recess

As academic pressures and safety concerns continue to rise, school administrators have considered restricting recess breaks for increased instruction time or as punishment for bad behavior. However, recess is a crucial part of a child’s development and should not be restricted. Click the photo to read a teacher's perspective on recess.

Distract the Distractor: Stop Off-Task Behavior Without Drama - Lots of monster-sized discipline problems start with a single off-task behavior. If you put a damper on those little behaviors, you’ll stop a lot of big ones, too.

Distract the Distractor: Stop Off-Task Behavior Without Drama

In the video on this website the teacher explains how to get a distracted / distracting student's attention refocused without shaming them in front of everyone.

Podcast interview with Dan Meyer a US Mathematical Educator with Desmos, 3 Act Math, TED Talk, dy/dan blog and more. Interviewed by Craig Barton

Mr Barton Maths Podcast featuring Andrew Taylor from AQA discussing the new GCSE Maths exam and

Every lesson needs a beginning, middle and end. Think of it as 'warming up', 'getting into it', and 'cooling down' (don't forget to warm up and cool down!!). Image: Kelli McGraw.

Think of it as 'warming up', 'getting into it', and 'cooling down' (don't forget to warm up and cool down!

Resources to Teach Guided Math - Tunstall's Teaching Tidbits

Resources to Teach Guided Math

Guided math groups, guided math resources, teacher to teacher explanation on guided math, guided math help with examples.

To My Favorite 17-Year-Old High School Girl, Billy Collins who is a freaking genius

To My Favorite High School Girl, Billy Collins. Tiny print but worth the read :)

Thoughtful responses are worth the wait. This article shares how teachers' intentional pauses can help students to reflect deeply.

Thoughtful responses are worth the wait. This article shares how teachers' intentional pauses can help students to reflect deeply.

FAIL - first attempt in learing

F.A.I.L…………………S.A.I.L.

Self care and self love begin with being kind to yourself. We tend to be our own worse critics so give yourself a break when you stumble and tell yourself you'll do better next time!

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