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Musings of a Red Headed Teacher

Megan Allen

January 21, 2015

A lesson plan for family engagement

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What can we do to in teacher prep to better prepare teachers to engage with families?

I spoke to Melissa Erickson, Executive Director of the Alliance for Public Schools, about the topic. The resulting conversation was full of ideas for new and veteran teachers alike. Read our piece and other great ideas in this week’s Teaching Ahead from Ed Week. 

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Megan Allen

December 16, 2014

12 Signs it's Close to Winter Break

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The winter break countdown has begun in schools across the United States!

 

 

What are 12 signs that it's close to winter break? Watch this quick video and enjoy a good chuckle. I'm crowdsourcing ideas for part 2, so I'd love to hear how you know it's close to break in your school building. What are you noticing in your little elves?

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Megan Allen

November 6, 2014

The Teacher's Desk: An Unspoken Message

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 I have a lot of changes going on lately, and I’m not just talking about my wardrobe with the onslaught of the chillier, fall weather. A new job, a new location, even a newly expanded family. And I’m finding that in addition to all of these new changes come many new perspectives.

One new viewpoint in my life involves the classroom. I have attended countless open houses as a classroom teacher, but never once as a parental unit. Until now.

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Megan Allen

October 8, 2014

Talk with Teachers interview: Epic fist fights, embracing failure, and building relationships with social media

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I love students. I love teachers. And I really love teachers who do cool things because of how much they care about students and public education! 

Brian and Jessica Sztabnik are two teachers who do just that with their Talks with Teachers website, Pinterest page, Facebook page, and podcast (which is now the number one K-12 podcast on iTunes!).

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Megan Allen

August 6, 2014

Let's peel back the layers behind the word "teacher!" #tobeateacher #rebrandteaching

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Last month at the National Network of State Teachers of the Year conference, it was stated that teachers were nation builders. That we, as educators, need to make apparent all the wonderful things that happen in our classrooms, to help rebrand the profession. As we sat in the audience, our wheels began turning.

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