Mimio Educator

Makerspace Hacks: Ideas for Saving Time and Money

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Wed, Jan 18, 2017

Become a Makerspace Rock Star While Saving Time and Money

You are a progressive, cutting-edge classroom teacher who knows the benefits of project-based learning and how it incorporates both critical thinking skills and 21st century learning. You have been reading about a trending idea to meet the needs of today’s learners: a makerspace.

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Topics: curriculum, The Maker Movement, tips fpr teachers

Classroom Looping: What It Is and Why Schools Should Consider It

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Wed, Oct 12, 2016

In the current climate of education—at least in my state—accountability is at an all-time high while financial support is at a historic low. Every teacher I know is working with fewer resources and more challenges each year. What is a school to do?

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Topics: curriculum, tips fpr teachers, education industry

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

Tips for a Healthy School Year

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Wed, Aug 10, 2016

The start of a school year is a great time to consider endless possibilities. So consider this: What if we educators approached our personal well-being the same way that we approach student improvement and intervention? What if we had the same passion about our personal health that we have about students’ learning?

How to Begin 

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Topics: Professional Development for Teachers, tips fpr teachers, education industry

Creating a Highly Motivated Classroom

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Tue, Aug 9, 2016


Consider the typical tools of motivation: honor roll, certificates of achievement, and recognition at school assemblies. These are the traditional tools used by teachers and schools to recognize and motivate students to achieve more, and students tend to love these awards. But for those who embrace the growth mindset (the core belief that abilities are malleable and not fixed), these awards don’t always make sense. Some students achieve good grades easily and make the honor roll all the time, while others feel challenged every step of the way and have to learn a great deal just to achieve a C. For the latter, these tools of recognition and motivation are out of reach. 

The truth is that underachieving students aren’t motivated by things that seem unreachable. None of us really is. The honor roll may not even seem like an option to them. If I were to offer you one million dollars to make a hole in one, could you do it? If you didn’t make it, would it be an issue of motivation or a lack of skill and capacity? If I increase the motivation to 10 million dollars, would that change the result?

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Topics: collaborative learning, curriculum, tips fpr teachers

I’m a New Teacher…. Now What?

Posted by Crysta Baier on Thu, Aug 4, 2016

12 Tips for a Successful First Year

Dear New Teacher,

Summer is coming to an end, and soon you will be walking into your first classroom. You are probably excited, nervous, and maybe a little naive about the year ahead. Try not to worry. I have been in your spot twice in my 21 years of teaching. The first time I was 23 years old, fresh out of college, and starting a job as a high school English teacher. That year was my hardest year of teaching thus far, but I also made great friends and great memories. My first year in the classroom taught me so much about the teaching profession, kids, and myself.

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Topics: tips fpr teachers, education industry

18 Must-Read Books for Teachers and Administrators

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Tue, Aug 2, 2016

If you’re searching for something to pack in your bag for some lunchtime or after-school inspiration, check out these must-reads! Whether you’re a teacher, administrator, or just a lover of good books, these texts will engage you and help you power through the school year:

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Topics: tips fpr teachers, education industry, Educational influencers

10 Ways to Stay Sane, Focused, and Ready for the New School Year

Posted by Charli Mullen on Tue, Jul 26, 2016

August, I swear, is the shortest month of the year. The 1st rolls around, and all of the sudden it hits me that I have 22 days left to get my classroom, curriculum, children, and myself ready for the new school year. Adding to the mayhem of this year, my beloved husband, who spends most of his time as a stay-at-home papa, is gallivanting off with the Marine Corps for two and a half weeks, right as the school year is set to begin.

I thought it might prove useful to you all to share some of my personal strategies and tips for getting ready for the new school year. I have had the good fortune to learn some things from some amazing teachers and moms – advice on how to stay balanced and establish smart routines in my home and classroom. These strategies help me to stay sane during the start of the school year, and I want to share 10 of my favorites with you:

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Topics: tips fpr teachers, back to school

5 Websites for Saving Money on Classroom Supplies

Posted by Jessica Thiefels on Wed, Jul 20, 2016

School district budgets get tighter every year, leaving teachers with minimal finances for classroom supplies and for replacing old, outdated learning materials. And you know all too well what it costs to make sure your students have what they need to learn – budget or no budget!

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Topics: Free Content, tips fpr teachers, back to school

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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