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Icebreakers Provide More Than Just Fun in the Classroom

Editor’s note: This is a post from regular MSTA contributor Pam Clifton’s Teaching & Learning blog. Clifton is a sixth-grade English language arts and reading teacher at West St. Francois County R-4. August is back-to-school time for most Missouri K-12 students and staff. From new clothes and supplies to freshly decorated classrooms and new teachers, […]




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Eight Steps to a Positive Classroom Environment

Editor’s note: This is a post from regular MSTA contributor Pam Clifton’s Teaching & Learning blog. Clifton is a sixth-grade English language arts and reading teacher at West St. Francois County R-4. The daily task of getting students to stay focused so they can learn is challenging. Students get off task. Sometimes they don’t listen […]




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Work at MSTA – Northeast Field Representative

                      The Missouri State Teachers Association is looking for an individual to help teachers and other school-related personnel access MSTA member services, benefits, and job-related information. Our Field Service Coordinators are key employees for the Association, serving as the “face of MSTA” and local area […]




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The Ins and Outs of Peer Learning

Working with classmates makes school more enjoyable and research shows that the benefits of working with peers goes far beyond just the social aspect. From boosting confidence and motivation to grasping a better understanding on the information, peer learning is continuously proven to be highly effective. Student Benefits Retaining Information – When a student listens […]




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Back to School: What New (and veteran!) Teachers Need to Establish in the First 5 Days of School

There is no secret formula for being the perfect teacher, but successful teachers understand that the first few days of a new school year can set the tone for how the classroom will run for the entire year. Each new class presents new challenges and it can be impossible to prepare for every variation of […]




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Detailed Planning for Successful Learning

Editor’s note: This is a post from regular MSTA contributor Pam Clifton’s Teaching & Learning blog. Clifton is a sixth-grade English language arts and reading teacher at West St. Francois County R-4. Lesson planning is a step-by-step guide to outline learning objectives for students. Teachers need to consider goals, activities and materials needed for the […]




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Southwest TEPS

The Southwest Region TEPS (Teacher Education and Professional Standards) dinner and in-service will be held Monday, September 21, 2015 at the Ramada Oasis Convention Center, 2546 North Glenstone, Springfield. Registration begins at 5:15-5:30 p.m. Our guest speaker is Dr. Michael Johnson. A native Texan, he graduated from Texas A&M – Commerce in 1971 with a […]




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