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This blog contains helpful resources and insights pertaining to:

  • Teaching Best Practices
  • Tutoring Tips
  • Educational Technology
  • Parenting
  • and more…

Some are pieces are selections of my work that have been published elsewhere, while others are original pieces you can only find here.

Check back often for ways to foster student, personal, and professional growth!

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Sheldon Soper, M. Ed.

@SoperWritings

The Constantly Evolving Role of the School Librarian

From: The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) Blog – Guest Post on behalf of Teach.com – July 5, 2017 – by Sheldon Soper

The educational landscape is awash with initiatives to make learning more authentic and problem-based. For these differentiated approaches to work, students and teachers need networks of support to ensure that students can follow their own felt needs for learning. Who better to support that journey than the modern school librarian?

Forget Dewey decimal quizzes and overdue notices; today’s school librarians are the linchpins for modernizing the educational system. In the era of belt-tightening and budget cuts, school librarians are crucial pieces in the educational infrastructure that need to be both protected and cherished if our students are to receive the best education possible.

Read more at The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) Blog The Constantly Evolving Role of the School Librarian

How to Increase Classroom Transparency

From: Teach.com – October 18, 2017 – by Sheldon Soper

More than ever, teachers are called to justify their practice and their decision-making inside the classroom. Whether it is from administrators, parents, or the public, today’s teachers feel the pressure that comes from an increased professional scrutiny. It doesn’t help that the public perception of the teaching profession is increasingly shaped by negative media coverage.

Failing to bear this weight can lead to frustration, decreased job satisfaction, and even full-blown burnout.

What this means is that it falls to teachers to take the reins to close the gap between the perceptions and realities of what is happening in our respective classrooms. Designing classroom structures and workflows that are more transparent helps demonstrate to stakeholders just how much great, innovative work is taking place in the service of student growth.

Read more at Teach.com: How to Increase Classroom Transparency

Making Project-Based Learning Authentic

GettingSmart.com GUEST COLUMN | by Sheldon Soper:

Students who participate in high-quality project-based learning develop skills, processes and products that are an ideal match for the demands of the 21st-century, but creating authentic projects is key for engaging them.

Read more at GettingSmart: Making Project-Based Learning Authentic | Getting Smart

Discussing Disappointing Grades with a Teen

When schoolwork starts to slip, stress levels tend to rise for both teens and their parents. In the upper grades, academic progress can have a direct impact on things like job prospects and getting into college. This can make discussing disappointing grades with a teen even more stressful.

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