Author Archives: hougan

How are you doing as a teacher? Get the feedback you need to become a better teacher.

Concern When I was teaching I was evaluated twice a year.  Is that enough to identify areas of improvement, provide targeted professional development and feedback, and measure its impact on student achievement?  Absolutely not. Evaluation as a Tool Don’t wait … Continue reading

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Teacher Hiring is Frozen in Some Districts

We can’t get through the day with0ut hearing about the economy.  Well, the bad economy has impacted education, specifically teacher hiring.  In some districts, hiring has been frozen. This weekend I spoke with a principal who said his hands are … Continue reading

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Applying for a Teacher Position in an Unfamiliar School? Be Prepared.

If offered an interview at an unfamiliar school understand that you are already at a disadvantage. You may not be as knowledgeable about the school as another job candidate that student taught there. In Road to Teaching, I offer strategies to … Continue reading

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The 101 on Attending a Teacher Job Fair

Hundreds of aspiring, beginning, and RIF’d teachers attended a local teacher job fair.  There was a line of teachers that streched around the block to enter this job fair.  It was record attendance!  “Hiring” principals were ready to greet each perspective candidate … Continue reading

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Make a Smart Board with a Wii Remote

I found this video on TED.com.   It shows how to create a Smart Board, an interactive white board, from a Wii remote and some other minor hardware. If you are a teacher that could utilize this technology this is … Continue reading

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Open Source Learning Website

Here is an incredible open source, free link.  If you teach Math, Science, Humanities, work with test prep or have your own high school student this is a fabulous site to pass on.  If students have Facebook or Google accounts … Continue reading

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Excellent Vocabulary Tool

A teacher friend sent me a link to Quizlet.  I’ve been using ever since.   According to its website: Quizlet is the largest flash cards and study games website with over 2.5 million FREE sets of flashcards covering every possible subject. … Continue reading

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How would you attract top teachers?

The McKinsey & Company released a report titled “Closing the talent gap: Attracting and retaining top-third graduates to careers in teaching.”  I’ll summarize the findings of the report: The most effective factor in an effective school is the teacher – Duh. … Continue reading

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Breathe and Find your Balance

Teaching is a demanding profession.  The perception that teachers work only 6 hours a day and have plenty of time off is NOT REALITY.  Teachers pour our hearts, souls, and, sometimes, our whole lives into educating our future.  Teaching can … Continue reading

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Web Tool: Google Alerts

Google Alerts can be a useful tool for current teachers and job seekers.  Google Alerts are email updates of the latest relevant Google results (web, news, etc.) based on your choice of query or topic. Some handy uses of Google … Continue reading

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