Speakers Series: Dr. Abigail Baird (The Teen Brain)

Dr. Abigail Baird

  By Courtney White Parents and guardians know it is hard to watch your child be in a risky situation. Dr. Abigail Baird, who researches the brain and behavioral basis of adolescent development, gave an impassioned and humorous talk Tuesday, May 9th as part of the Mind Science Foundation Distinguished Speakers Series. In her talk […]

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Focus on the Now: The Benefits of Mindfulness in the Classroom

  By Chase Fordtran At some point, every school teacher has struggled to get a classroom full of rowdy students to settle down, calm their minds, and focus. Or has had to march a misbehaving student to the principal’s office. But is there an easier way to refocus a room full of students or a […]

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7 Tips to Help Teachers Reduce Stress

  By Chase Fordtran We know that most teachers are overloaded with STAAR testing, grading, and other classroom related activities. So, we put together a go-to list of 7 helpful tips for reducing stress. Check them out below: Quick Meditation Meditation doesn’t have to take up long periods of time or require a special room. […]

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Speaker Series: Virtual Reality: Dawn of the New Everything

Jaron Lanier

  By Courtney White On Tuesday, March 19th TELA teachers and guests attended the first installment of the 2019 Mind Science Foundation Speaker Series. Jaron Lanier, one of the fathers of Virtual Reality (VR), shared his experiences about the development of VR. He provided insight into the development of motion capture bodysuits, used in the […]

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A Unique Way to get your Teaching Mojo Back!

Teaching Mojo

  By Ramon Gleason Ever feeling like it is the same old routine in your class or campus? Well, attending our TELA/VBTA supported Science Nights might be a way to get your teaching chops a shot in the arm. Over the last year, I have attending and been a part of science nights at campuses […]

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Using Data to Track Student Progress in the Inclusive Classroom

  By Shaunna Garner It is no secret that teachers are pressured to consistently raise student test scores from year to year. Teachers may have previously identified students in their classroom that require special services, or specific accommodations in accordance with an individual education plan. In addition to these students, teachers may also have an […]

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EYE-ing ideas from our TEI web page when cooped in class during testing

  By Ramon Gleason It is an issue that comes up for some special education classes when your campus is locked down for testing and you need to keep your students engaged and quiet. Trying to find an activity that is engaging and relevant to my student was a little difficult. I had the opportunity […]

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Seesaw: Not just a childhood memory!

  By Shaunna Garner If you’re like me, you are constantly trying to find new ways to use less paper in the classroom, and still be able to document student learning! I have accepted that technology advances every day and my students will forever be within arm length of a mobile device. I recently attended […]

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Make Money for Your Classroom

  By Christine Ziese Have you ever thought, “You know it would be really nice to be able to get that app for my classroom,” or “I wish our department could afford that equipment.”? Grants allow teachers to be able to secure funds for their wish list of apps, equipment, supplies or other materials needed […]

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Prepare For “LiftOff” 2018

Juliana Berry at NASA

  By Juliana Berry Besides it being some of the best professional development (PD) I have ever done here is some information along with my experience. Beginning in the summer of 1990, NASA’s Texas Space Grant Consortium initiated a week-long professional development training for teachers. This aerospace workshop, called LiftOff, emphasizes science, technology, engineering, and […]

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