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Becoming a Google Certified Educator

Posted by Molly Rupert on January 18, 2019

Guest contributor Amber Anania (@msanania) is a 7th grade language arts teacher at Westfield Middle School who recently became a Google Certified Educator Level 1. In this post, she shares her experiences preparing for and taking the qualification exam.

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Topics: Google, lifelong learning, education, teacher

Books to Read for Summer 2017

Posted by Cheryl Adams on July 12, 2017

Educators are life-long learners. It's what we do! So, before summer comes to an end, make sure you check out these awesome reads recommended by our very own Five-Star employees. 

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Topics: balance, educators, leisure activities, lifelong learning, relaxation

Are You Modeling the "Ask 3" Approach?

Posted by Troy Guthrie on September 1, 2016

Have you ever heard (or used) the phrase, “Ask three, then me”?  I heard other teachers use it with their students when I started teaching four years ago. The idea is simple: before students come and ask the teacher for help, they should check with three other sources. They can ask three friends. They can ask Google, Siri, and a friend. There are many possible combinations! The teacher is happy to help, as long as the student has consulted three other sources first. The main point of this phrase, I think, is to teach students to dig for answers. To think. To learn. To keep going when you're stuck. NOT to expect that answers will be spoon fed.


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Topics: Integration Services, lifelong learning, methodology, modeling, problem solving, professional development, teaching strategies