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February Tips and Training for Teachers

Posted by Travis Rink on Wed, Feb 1, 2017

February may be the shortest month, but it’s also filled with fun celebrations, fascinating history, and notable events. Here is our collection of lessons and content to help you engage your students all month long:

February Calendar and Activities: Fill your students’ hearts and minds during the month of February with our Valentine-themed calendar and morning meeting lessons. Use this daily calendar to engage your students with meeting, graphing, and math activities, and track attendance with the included chart.

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Topics: Lessons, curriculum, Training, tips for teachers

Science and the Super Bowl

Posted by Travis Rink on Tue, Jan 24, 2017


5 Resources to Make the Biggest Game of the Year a Learning Touchdown

With football’s biggest night coming up, how can you turn the event into a learning opportunity? Turns out, there’s plenty of science to be found in this popular game! From Newton’s laws and Deflategate to health and injuries, football offers plenty of opportunities help improve student engagement in the classroom.

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Topics: Lessons, Science Lessons, tips for teachers

‘Tis the Season for Fun Holiday Lessons

Posted by Travis Rink on Tue, Dec 13, 2016

The holiday season is in full swing, so we’re sharing some of our favorite lesson ideas for this time of year. Whether you want to incorporate winter weather or global celebrations into your classroom, we’ve got you covered.

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Topics: Holiday, Lessons, curriculum, tips for teachers

15 Resources to Create Effective, Engaging IWB Lessons

Posted by Travis Rink on Wed, Nov 9, 2016

Interactive whiteboards are fantastic tools, providing educators with a more engaging way to teach. With so many features to choose from, how can you best put these tools to use in the classroom? Here are some of our favorite resources with ideas and recommendations to help you use interactive whiteboards effectively in order to increase learning and engagement with your students.

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Topics: Lessons, Interactive Whiteboard, Free Content, Training

Voting without Tears: How to Hold a Mock Election and Avoid Negative Election Talk

Posted by Crysta Baier on Mon, Nov 7, 2016

I love my job. As an elementary computer teacher/media specialist, I have lots of freedom in what I teach and how I teach it. The standards I teach can be met in a variety of ways, so my job never gets dull. I get to be a help desk, search engine, science teacher, reading coach, typing instructor, social studies teacher, and more. As the 2016 presidential election approached, I was given the task of conducting a mock election for my school. I was nervous. I was fearful that all the vitriol in the media would spill over to my students, and I truly didn’t want to foster any more hate, fear or disrespect.

So before preparing for our mock election, I thought hard about what I could do to avoid negative election talk. I decided to prepare a lesson in library class ahead of time and teach a few ideas to my students. Here’s what I came up with.

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Topics: Lessons, curriculum

November Training and Content Resources to Get You Through the Election and Turkey Time

Posted by Travis Rink on Thu, Nov 3, 2016

November is here, and we have two things on our minds: elections and Thanksgiving! We have plenty of resources to power you through the crisp days of late fall—including new election- and Thanksgiving-themed content packs to inspire you in a month filled with current and historic events. We also have valuable training classes to help you refresh your skills or learn some new ones.

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Topics: Lessons, curriculum, Training

How to Bring the Concept of Civic Responsibility Into Your Common Core Curriculum

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Tue, Nov 1, 2016


In our state, we have spent a great deal of time over the past five years reading, learning, unpacking, and then teaching the common core standards. In order to ensure that schools teach the “whole child,” our state Board of Education also adopted Social, Emotional, and Character Development Standards, which were the first of their kind in the nation.

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Topics: Lessons, curriculum, Common Core

Why a B is Sometimes Better Than an A

Posted by Crysta Baier on Tue, Oct 4, 2016

As a child, I was a good student. I paid attention in school, did my homework, and generally managed to get As in my classes. School was fun and mostly easy for me from kindergarten into college, and I could usually score an A without much effort. However, things changed during my junior year of college when I took a Spanish class that sent me reeling, testing me in ways my other courses had not. I couldn’t understand my fast-talking instructor, and when she handed out an article written in Spanish for us to review, I didn’t know most of the words. I was astounded that a class could be this difficult.

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Topics: Lessons, curriculum, tips fpr teachers

Current Events and Why We Need to Teach Them!

Posted by Travis Rink on Thu, Sep 29, 2016

 


Those of you who aren’t social studies teachers may be inclined to skip over this blog post, thinking it doesn’t pertain to you. Still others may be saying, “Why bother teaching current events at all?” After all, with the 24-hour news cycle, nothing stays “current” for long! However, research indicates that a regular dose of current events has a multitude of benefits, even in classes outside of social studies.

 

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Topics: classroom assessment, Lessons, Interactive Whiteboard, Classroom Collaboration, curriculum

The Teacher’s Checklist to Start the School Year Off Right!

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Wed, Jul 13, 2016

It’s still summer, and we hope you’re taking time to relax and recharge your batteries. But if there’s a little voice in your head reminding you that another school year lies ahead – and you’ve promised yourself that you’ll be more prepared this time around – we can help you get a handle on things with this helpful checklist. It covers the pertinent categories: students, parents, curriculum, technology, organization, classroom management, and self-care, plus miscellaneous. With the checklist in hand, you can silence that nagging little voice and get back to the important work of summer: relaxation, with a bit of time spent reading, learning, and growing as a professional! 

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Topics: Lessons, curriculum, tips fpr teachers, back to school

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