Mimio Educator

Making Standardized Testing a Positive Experience

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Wed, Apr 19, 2017

Snacks, games, songs, and assemblies—I’ve seen it all over the years when it comes to motivating students for high-stakes assessments. I’m not sure how effective any of it is, but teachers are willing to go all out when it comes to testing. Teachers know that these tests matter a great deal, so the extra effort and focus are worthwhile.

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Topics: classroom assessment, tips for teachers

Top Picks for Educational Resources for the 21st Century Classroom

Posted by Lynn Erickson on Thu, Apr 13, 2017

 

It’s not always easy keeping up with all the online tools, websites, blogs, and classroom resources that are available to us as educators. We often spend time searching online for the best fit for our classroom needs—sometimes not getting the results we anticipated. Here is a list of highly recommended educational resources to support teaching and learning:

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Topics: education industry, tips for teachers

The Best Books About Teaching and Learning of 2017—So Far

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Wed, Apr 12, 2017

We are only about 25% of the way through the year, but there has already been a number of exciting books published in the world of education. From scholarly books to practical guides and straight-talking classroom help to intellectual political thought, there is something new to be found for every type of teacher leader.

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Topics: Classroom Technology, Education Technology, education industry, tips for teachers

April Tips and Training for Teachers

Posted by Travis Rink on Mon, Apr 3, 2017

They say “April showers bring May flowers,” but it also brings an array of new learning opportunities to share with your students! Here is our collection of engaging themed content for April:

April Calendar and Activities: Our April calendar is filled with activities to start each bright and sunny day all month long. Students can practice skills using the featured calendars, morning meeting activities, attendance chart, daily graphing activities, math activities, and more. It’s also the perfect opportunity to try the new wide format calendar with your students!

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

The Hottest New Educational Products of 2017

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Sat, Apr 1, 2017


Technology advances quickly, and some educational groups are on the cutting edge. Here are some exciting new developments that focus directly on teachers’ needs in the classroom:

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Topics: tips for teachers

Helping Students Become Better Writers Through Brainstorming

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Thu, Mar 16, 2017

Asking students to write is one of the most difficult tasks we require. It tasks the writer with managing multiple cognitive functions all at one time: idea creation, organization, word choice, grammar rules, voice, correct sentences, and focusing on a topic. Whew. Writing this myself is taking a lot of hard work!

Because of the load that is placed on the writer, students are more successful when some of the individual tasks are broken down and isolated for them. Teachers do this in a variety of ways. We have them spell check at the end so they can focus on the ideas at the beginning. We have them review their sentences for run-ons or incompletion. We help them to organize in paragraphs. And most importantly, we try to help them with original and complete ideas. 

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Topics: curriculum, 21st Century Skills, tips for teachers

Greening Your School: From Lessons to the Playground

Posted by Lauren Pezzullo on Wed, Mar 15, 2017

Caring for the environment is one of our most essential duties as humans, and the current state of the earth makes its protection a vital lesson that needs to be taught as early as possible in life. While there are plenty of resources available for educators wanting to incorporate environmentalism into their curricula, what happens outside of learning units is also important for students to observe. Since modeling positive, eco-friendly behaviors in our daily lives is one of the best ways to learn about green living, we’ve come up with a few ideas to help you introduce green practices into your daily routine at school—and into your STEM curriculum.

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Topics: STEM Lessons, tips for teachers, STEM

Cyberbullying Resources for Teachers

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Thu, Mar 9, 2017

Over the past few years, students have had technology in their hands more and more. Often times, that technology is even provided by the school in a 1:1 setting. Just as a school would not provide another tool to students without appropriate safety training, neither should they provide a device that provides access around the world without some precautions. Imagine opening the doors to the wood shop and telling the students, “Here is the power button...have fun!”

Our attitude toward cyberbullying in school isn’t typically that laissez faire, but good, systematic teaching of technology expectations does not always occur either. The risk is really broader than just bullying when we talk about technology, and other issues such as sexting, over-sharing, and inappropriate content should also be considered.

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Topics: tips for teachers, cyberbullying

March Tips and Training for Teachers

Posted by Travis Rink on Thu, Mar 2, 2017

March is finally here, which means we can bid farewell to winter and welcome the warmer weather that comes with spring! While you’re doing your springtime cleaning, why not spruce up your lessons as well?

Here is our collection of engaging themed content for March:

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Topics: Educational Software, Education Technology, curriculum, Training, tips for teachers

Free Incentives to Motivate Students

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Tue, Feb 21, 2017

 

Finding ways to motivate students can be difficult. Finding ways to motivate students when you have a tight budget can be even harder. But with a little creativity, a teacher can find multiple tricks to bringing a free incentive system into the classroom. 

These ideas are separated into four different areas that research has indicated motivates students: adult approval, peer approval, consumables, and independent rewards. The level a student is motivated to obtain one of these will fluctuate from one student to the next, but by a quick survey, a teacher can find the area that calls to each student and then have a list of ideas for engaging them to work for a reward. Most of these are free and take very little effort, but will be greatly appreciated. Here are some suggestions for how to integrate these ideas easily to make them work for you:

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Topics: curriculum, tips for teachers

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