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Top 20 EdTech Companies to Watch

Posted by Holly Fritz-Palao on Thu, Apr 19, 2018

Each year, the world of EdTech grows and new companies emerge ahead of the pack. Here are the movers and shakers we’re excited about at the moment: 

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Topics: Educational Software, Education Technology, education industry, Educational influencers

How to Create STEM-Focused Lessons

Posted by Denise Scribner on Wed, Apr 18, 2018

STEM learning is at the forefront of education today—and it shows no signs of slowing down. The focus on STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, and math) is a necessity in order for Americans to be competitive in the job market in future years. Careers in these fields will continue to grow, so it's imperative that we make STEM a priority for today's students in order to prepare them for the jobs of tomorrow.

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Topics: STEM Lessons, STEM, STEAM

Zones of Regulation: Supporting Students Through the Zones

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Tue, Apr 17, 2018

A wealth of research is coming out about the zones of regulation and how this idea can help students in our classrooms. The zones are a way to conceptualize and visualize the internal feelings that a student may be having at any particular moment. Ideally, our students will come to us calm and ready to learn, but if something happened that was stressful or emotional—whether at recess or before school—that may not be the case. 

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Topics: Administrator Resources, tips for teachers, Classroom Management

The Two and the Ten: Teacher Self-Evaluation 

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Thu, Apr 12, 2018

For most adults, it is difficult to be objective when assessing ourselves. Classroom teachers are not an exception. From my experience, it isn’t from a lack of trying. Most teachers try to improve and reflect, but it can be a challenge. It’s difficult because teaching is a very personal thing. We teach from our heart and from our personality, so it can be hard to critique something that is so “close” to us—so near and dear to who we are and what we believe.

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Topics: Administrator Resources, tips for teachers

Talking With Students About Tragedies: A Principal's Perspective 

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Wed, Apr 11, 2018

Like most people who were alive on September 11, 2001, I remember the day very vividly. I was a 23-year-old first-year teacher at a high school in Kansas. The events of the day were indescribable, devastating, and extremely emotional. I wasn’t sure if watching the footage with my class was appropriate, but that’s what I did—along with most of the teachers in the building.

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Topics: Administrator Resources, tips for teachers

De-Stress Before the Test 

Posted by Kristy Nerstheimer on Tue, Apr 10, 2018

Spring is finally here! And with all the new buds and blooming flowers comes state testing. Sigh.

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Topics: classroom assessment, tips for teachers

Permission Granted: How School Leaders Can Support Teachers

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Thu, Apr 5, 2018

Teaching is tough—it’s incredibly hard work and can be very taxing. There is increasing stress and work on teachers today, as evidenced by the high attrition rate that we see across the country.

Part of the stress that teachers feel is from outside influences, such as parents, government, district initiatives, and mandates, just to name a few. Additional stress comes from within the school—conflict with other staff members, student issues, lack of resources, and lack of support. As a school leader, how do we help teachers to combat this stress so they can thrive in our schools and not just survive in them?

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Family STEAM Night

Posted by Crysta Baier on Wed, Apr 4, 2018

STEAM activities are an educational goldmine these days, and schools across the country are finding innovative ways to incorporate STEAM within their buildings. There are multitudes of Pinterest activities, websites, articles, and books on this very topic. My school decided that a fun way to utilize STEAM activities—and teach families about STEAM—would be through a family night. This event would let students and their parents work together, build, play, and learn.

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April Tips and Training for Teachers

Posted by Travis Rink on Mon, Apr 2, 2018

Spring is in full bloom and signs of new life are beginning to emerge everywhere. This time of year is an exciting one for teachers as there’s a renewed commitment to continue making an impact in the classroom—but there is still a lot going on with spring breaks, end of year assessments, ensuring standards are being met, and much more. For teachers, the challenge to stay motivated to finish the year strong and keep students engaged remains a mission.

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Topics: Professional Development for Teachers, tips for teachers

Resources for Teaching Students Digital Citizenship

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Thu, Mar 29, 2018

Teachers wish for their students to be good citizens. This is true in the classroom, in the community, and on social media. The foundation of our democracy is active participation in government by its citizens. It is key to our future that students understand what it means to be a good citizen and how to interact appropriately within the community and government. There are many good resources available to teach students citizenship.

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Topics: 21st Century Skills, tips for teachers

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