Author Archives: Catlin Tucker

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The first few days of school can be a bit of a blur for students who are bombarded with syllabi and class rules. One of the ways I like to break the cycle of “sit and get” that first week … Continue reading

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15 Reasons I Love to Teach

I teach because I love to learn. I teach because it challenges me to grow. I teach because I had great teachers who inspired me. I teach because every day is different. I teach because our students can make a … Continue reading

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Back to School To-Do List #2: Plan Epic Icebreakers

I feel for my students on the first day of school. It’s an overwhelming experience for my 9th grade students who are navigating a new campus and acclimating to new classes and classmates. I like to plan fun icebreakers to help them … Continue reading

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Back to School To-Do List #1: Sign up for Remind

August is right around the corner and, like most teachers, I have a TON to do before my students return in 3 weeks. In an effort to help teachers prepare for the first day of school, I wanted to share … Continue reading

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5 Ways to Provide Parents a Window Into Your Classroom

When I attended my daughter’s kindergarden Back-to-School Night two years ago, I was delighted to see a video of the classroom playing on a television in the corner. As a parent, it was exciting to see my child in the context of the … Continue reading

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Kids Will Be Kids: 8 Easy Strategies for Engaging Students

As an educator, speaker and blogger, people send me articles on a wide range of education topics. My husband’s grandmother sends me articles in the mail, my father-in-law forwards interesting NPR segments via email, and my neighbor down the street leaves … Continue reading

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My Favorite Mobile Apps #3 – Evernote

Are these a common sight in your classroom? How many of your students successfully organize their binders? How easy is it for them to access their notes, work, and resources? If your students are anything like mine, they carry around … Continue reading

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Creating a Google Apps Classroom

I had the pleasure of co-authoring the book Creating a Google Apps Classroom with Elizabeth Calhoon, Kyle Brumbaugh, Ramsey Musallam, and Robert Pronovost – a collection of incredibly talented and creative Google Certified Teachers and seasoned professional development facilitators. It was just published … Continue reading

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Maya Angelou’s Words Are Worth The Fight

This morning the BBC played softly in the background as I shuttled my children to school. Most mornings they whine when I turned the radio to a news station, but this morning they were absorbed in their own worlds in the … Continue reading

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Prewriting: Why Should Students Go It Alone?

When asked, “What is the most challenging part of writing an essay?” Most of my students agree, “It’s just getting started that’s hard.” I remember feeling this same way as a student. The blank page was daunting. So, I decided to … Continue reading

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