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Teaching Champs: Those Who Teach, Inspire—and (Almost) Never Tire

Posted by Crysta Baier on Thu, May 17, 2018

I have wanted to be a teacher since the 4th grade. Even when I wasn’t sure what content area I wanted to teach, I knew that I wanted to work with kids and affect lives. You see, I’ve always loved school—ever since the day I set foot in Mrs. Keethler’s kindergarten class at Lincoln Elementary. It’s the combination of my love of school and respect for teachers that led me to become a teacher myself. In reflecting last week on teaching during Teacher Appreciation Week, I’d like to recognize some teachers who have influenced me. Some of these are teachers who had me in class, others are teachers I work with or those who had my children. All of these teachers have one thing in common: They have positively impacted my teaching.

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Topics: tips for teachers

Surface vs. Deep Learning: Knowing the Difference

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Wed, May 16, 2018

In part one of this series, I gave an overview about the differences between these two types of learning for our students. The biggest takeaway for many educators from the research in Visible Learning is that both types of learning are crucial to student success. We must go deeper than the surface-level learning that occurs most often in classrooms. At the same time, we cannot go deep until we break the surface. Students must gain some knowledge about a topic before they are able to go deeper.

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Topics: tips for teachers

Funding the Interactive Classroom

Posted by Travis Rink on Tue, May 15, 2018

Money in education is tight, but there are plenty of funding opportunities available if you know where to look. Searching and applying for funds can be time-consuming, so we’ve made it a bit easier by finding some incredible opportunities that can help you receive funding while enhancing classrooms.

Check out these useful guides, which offer funding that aligns with the Boxlight Classroom family of solutions: 

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Topics: Funding, Administrator Resources

Happy Mother’s Day 2018: My Students, My Kids

Posted by Charli Mullen on Thu, May 10, 2018

We are running this touching blog again in honor of this wonderful holiday. Happy Mother's Day to all the moms who help guide us through life!

When I started teaching—and before I had my own children—I often referred to my students as “my kids” or “my kiddos.” I truly felt connected with them, and did my best to guide them to their successes during the school year. When I became a mother for the first time, my equilibrium shifted. No longer were my students the sole focus of my day, and I slowly learned to prioritize my tasks. I needed to use my time more efficiently and with greater intention in order to arrive home and be completely present with my own children.

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Topics: education industry, tips for teachers

My Classroom: Then and Now

Posted by Paul Gigliotti on Thu, May 10, 2018

It’s hard to believe that I am celebrating my twentieth “Teacher Appreciation Week” this year. It seems like just yesterday I began my teaching career fresh out of college. Although my intention was to only teach for a few years and then pursue a more lucrative career in law, my first years in the classroom revealed the zeal I had inside for teaching social studies. Within a few years, I had found my calling as a classroom teacher—and have never looked back. Now, twenty years later, I still retain that passion and enthusiasm for teaching. However, I am astonished to see how much my classroom has changed since I began my career, and what a much better teacher I have become.

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Topics: tips for teachers

Our Best Posts on Teaching for Teacher Appreciation Week

Posted by Holly Fritz-Palao on Wed, May 9, 2018

We know how challenging and rewarding teaching can be, so we compiled our top 20 posts on the topic. This list covers everything from the funny to the serious—which is exactly like teaching! 

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Topics: tips for teachers

Retro Reimagined: Your Whiteboard and 4 Other Trends Finding New Life

Posted by Holly Fritz-Palao on Tue, May 8, 2018

The 2010s is an era of comebacks. In everything from fashion to music, retro ideas are being renewed to fit the demands of a modern audience. Young people especially are taking to retro-inspired products, focusing more on the lifestyle enrichment value that these vintage items can offer. 

This month, we announced the MimioFrame, a retrofit product that uses a teacher’s existing classroom whiteboard, projector, and computer to quickly and easily turn any whiteboard into a 10-touch interactive whiteboard. This offering has reimagined the idea behind bringing interactive technology into the classroom, making it possible for teachers to bring their old classroom back to life by upgrading their technology in less than 15 minutes.

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Topics: Education Technology

How to Use Assessment Clickers to Adjust Instruction

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Wed, May 2, 2018

In the book Good to Great, Jim Collins wrote at length about technology as an “accelerator.” It was important to note that the acceleration technology created could go in either direction. Companies with a clear vision and plan could use technology to improve outcomes rapidly, while those that did not have a solid foundation and invested heavily in technology “accelerated” their demise.

The world of education is probably not much different to these companies. Schools that have clear instructional goals, a solid foundational curriculum, and engaging practices can use technology to move from good to great.

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Topics: MimioVote assessment, classroom assessment

May Tips and Training for Teachers

Posted by Travis Rink on Tue, May 1, 2018

May is here and the end of the school year is quickly approaching! Don’t let the upcoming summer break stop you from holding your students’ attention with great lessons right up until the last day of school. Here is our collection of engaging themed content for May:

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Topics: Professional Development for Teachers, tips for teachers

Using Rubrics to Assist With Differentiation

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Thu, Apr 26, 2018

If you are a teacher who struggles with giving quality feedback to students in an efficient manner, using a rubric may help. A well-written rubric can be an amazing classroom tool for both the teacher and the student. Even if you already use rubrics on a regular basis, some of these strategies may help to assist students in reaching higher levels of understanding.

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