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50 Reasons Teachers Love Summer Break

Posted by Travis Rink on Thu, Jun 22, 2017

After a long year of classes, grading, and helping students grow, teachers truly earn their summer break—after all, it’s the perfect time to relax, unwind, and refresh before the start of a new school year. So, just how much do educators love this time off? And how do they spend it?

Here are 50 reasons why teachers love summer break and what they like to do with this much-needed time away from school:

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Topics: Activities, tips for teachers

What Is Google Keep and How Can I Use It in My Classroom?

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Wed, Jun 21, 2017

The G Suite (or Google Suite) is ever evolving. Just over the past few months, users have noticed changes to the login screen, Google Sheets has had some cool upgrades, and there are a few new ways to share and collaborate on Team Drives. Because of this, the Google Apps can be hard to keep up with—they are numerous and some are easier to use than others.

Google Keep is one of the many apps in the G Suite, but it isn’t one that pops up on the default screen, so it may not be known as well. It may take a little digging in order find all the bells and whistles to it, but I have found that it is a really useful tool.

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Topics: google docs, Google Classroom, tips for teachers, Google Educacion

Social Emotional Learning at the Secondary Level

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Tue, Jun 20, 2017

When most educators think about social emotional learning, they probably think first about preschool and kindergarten. These are the years when students learn to get along with each other, share toys, solve disputes, and work cooperatively. These are critical foundational skills that students need to not only function in a classroom, but to function in society.

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Topics: Professional Development for Teachers, curriculum, tips for teachers

How Can Technology Motivate the Reluctant Learner?

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Thu, Jun 15, 2017


Some students are hard to motivate. The methods we typically use for motivatation—things that work with most students—don’t work with this group. This can be really frustrating for teachers who work with these students, as the behaviors often don’t “make sense” to those of us in education. Why would a student with plenty of opportunity to learn, and therefore advance their stake in life, not take that opportunity? It just doesn’t make sense.

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Topics: Education Technology, Administrator Resources, tips for teachers

How to Get Your Professional and Personal Resources Organized for Summer and Beyond

Posted by Lynn Erickson on Tue, Jun 13, 2017

Are you swamped throughout the school year? Do you get resources delivered to you, but just don’t have the time to look at them? How many sites have you bookmarked during the school day, never to go back to?

As our school year winds down, summer is usually the time we can take a break and relax. It is also the perfect time to catch up with some resources we found over the school year and just didn’t have a spare moment to peruse.

Here are some tools and resources to organize these educational finds we have stumbled across:

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Topics: Activities, Professional Development for Teachers, curriculum, Administrator Resources, tips for teachers

June Tips and Training for Teachers to Create Lesson Plans

Posted by Travis Rink on Thu, Jun 1, 2017

The end of the school year is upon us, but that doesn’t mean the learning has to stop! Here are some fun lesson plans and activities for June to help keep your students engaged until summer break:

End of the Year Review: These renovated lessons offer the perfect opportunity to review math and language arts concepts covered during the school year. Choose from either K-2 elementary students or grades 3-5.

If you enjoyed the above content, consider joining our MimioConnect interactive teaching community to access more of our valuable lesson plans, content, and resources. Click here to register today!

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Topics: Lessons, MimioStudio, curriculum, tips for teachers

21st Century Learning: Focusing on Citizenship

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Thu, May 25, 2017

Now that we are 17 years into the 21st century, it is interesting to note that thus far, our 21st century learning skills are still very relevant. When looking through the four elements of the Framework for 21st Century Learning, we see the skills listed that our students continue to need through the first two decades of our century.

Within the first element, civic literacy is an area that many schools continue to need resources for. From kindergarten to high school, it is critical for students to have exposure to the role we play as citizens in the various governmental structures. There are some resources listed on the framework page, but what could a school do to move toward real-world, application-level learning for civics and citizenship?

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Topics: Lessons, tips for teachers, Civics, Social Studies

Summer Reading Picks for Educators

Posted by Travis Rink on Thu, May 18, 2017

Summer is just around the corner, and now is the perfect time to plan your reading list. Whether you’re looking to explore new teaching methods, work on your personal well-being, or take a break with a beach read, here are our top picks for this summer.

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Topics: education industry, tips for teachers

Format Like a Champ with These New Google Sheet Tricks!

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Tue, May 16, 2017

One of the best parts of the Google platform is that it is constantly improving and changing. I guess that is probably an opinion statement, as sometimes these changes can be frustrating—for example, when buttons move or formatting options come and go. This can be a headache, but overall, I feel the Google Suite options are much more robust than they were when I first started using them six year ago.  

For me, the really amazing part is that Google actually takes feedback, listens to it, and acts on it to improve the product. Not that novel of an idea, I know, but the speed at which they can move in doing so sets them apart from others in the tech world. I’m not a Google salesperson—it does have its limitations and faults—but as a lifelong learner, I love the challenge of always having to keep up to date on the latest format.

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Topics: google docs, Google Classroom, tips for teachers

Happy Mother’s Day: My Students, My Kids

Posted by Charli Mullen on Fri, May 12, 2017

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 onto 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

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