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January 2010 Blog Posts (3)

Use Music to Inspire and Connect with Students

Kids respond to music. Use it to teach them lessons about life and to express your hopes for them. Use it to let them know you love them. Don't just wait for teachable moments to come along. Instead use music to create teachable moments.

Here are 2 ideas for how you can use these songs:

1. Use the song as a Do Now/Bell Ringer activity in your classroom. Make a PowerPoint with the words to the song. Then play the song and have the students read the words while…


Added by Scott Habeeb on January 27, 2010 at 9:30pm — 4 Comments

Middle School Dropout Prevention Projects must focus far beyond the Freshman Transition

The greatest danger from some programs claiming to work on dropout prevention is that they actually fragment the educational process even more than it already is. Another transition is forced on students. Progress is hard to make. The goal should be to do the opposite. We must make the educational process more complete and goal centered, less fragmented. We must work to merge the available educational process with the students own story.

During 28 years in child placement social work… Continue

Added by Bill Betzen on January 22, 2010 at 9:00pm — 2 Comments

Want to teach your students about life? (PART 2) Try these ideas...

This is a sequel/follow-up to a post from December 14, 2009.


As I stated in my post from December 14, our freshmen are in need of life lessons. They need to learn content, but they also need help… Continue

Added by Scott Habeeb on January 1, 2010 at 10:18pm — No Comments

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