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Back to School Deals for Teachers

Posted by Travis Rink on Tue, Aug 20, 2019

Summer break is slowly winding down, which means one thing: it’s time to go back to school! Between creating lesson plans, organizing your classroom, and stocking up on supplies, you’ve got a lot on your plate this time of year. We’re here to help with a roundup of the best back to school deals for teachers:

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Topics: back to school, tips for teachers

Using Google Slides for Graphic Design

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Thu, Aug 15, 2019

Change in technology can be hard. The time investment from teachers that goes into developing and creating materials can’t be understated. So when we make decisions about changing technology, we should take this into consideration.

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Topics: tips for teachers

Student Feedback Part Three: Moving Students Through Learning

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Wed, Aug 14, 2019

So far in our feedback series, we’ve discussed general types of student feedback as well as best practices for feedback in the classroom. In thinking about how feedback shapes a classroom, I have changed my understanding of what quality feedback really means. It is much more than responses to students, and it is even more than comments back to them when correcting their work. It is a response to learning moments that move students deeper into their learning.

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Topics: Administrator Resources, tips for teachers

Arts Integration in the Classroom

Posted by Kristy Nerstheimer on Tue, Aug 13, 2019

Who doesn’t love the arts? We listen to music during our free time, go dancing, and watch live performances, among other things! This past week, I went to an arts symposium, where I learned a lot about integrating the arts into the classroom.

Here are several takeaways I wanted to share with my fellow educators:

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Topics: Classroom Collaboration, collaborative learning, tips for teachers

Teaching Climate Change in the Classroom

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Thu, Aug 8, 2019

Teachers try to balance many different elements while planning lessons. Content standards, interest level of students, high levels of rigor, prior knowledge, and empowering and engaging student learning all play a role as teachers are determining how to structure a lesson. As teachers think about increasing relevance in the classroom and applying critical thinking strategies, they can look no further than the current debate about climate change in our world—a topic that meets most, if not all, of the criteria listed above.

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Topics: STEM Lessons, STEM

Student Feedback Part Two: Best Practices Supported by Research

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Wed, Aug 7, 2019

In part one of our feedback series, we reviewed the types of feedback that we most see used in the classroom. These types of feedback each have a role to play. When we correct a student’s learning, encourage them, and affirm their good work, we build relationships and trust with them. All educators know how important this is and how it must occur first before deep learning can take place.  

But when it comes to learning, this kind of feedback doesn’t really impact the student much. They might feel good about the support that is being offered, but how often do they actually learn from this kind of feedback?

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Topics: tips for teachers

The Importance of Hearing for Learning

Posted by Holly Fritz-Palao on Tue, Aug 6, 2019

We know that if students can’t clearly see a lesson, they can’t be expected to retain the information. But did you know the same is true of hearing? Clear audio is essential to learning, but hearing loss, temporary impairment from an illness, and common classroom sounds can all get in the way of student learning.

View our new infographic to learn more about the role of hearing in the learning process:

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Topics: Classroom Audio

Back to School Tips and Training for Teachers

Posted by Travis Rink on Fri, Aug 2, 2019

As summer break comes to a close, you’re likely gearing up to get back into your classroom. We’ve got you covered with tips to help you take learning to the next level for your students this year.

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Topics: Professional Development for Teachers, tips for teachers

Student Feedback Part One: Supporting Students Through Feedback

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Tue, Jul 30, 2019

Teachers know how important feedback is. We know that to help students correct misconceptions, improve skills, and remain motivated, we have to give the right feedback at the right time. But the term “feedback” encompasses a number of different types of responses to students. From an encouraging statement to a deep-dive response on a student’s essay, feedback comes in all shapes and sizes.

But not all feedback is the same. Some types are more effective than others and some are more important than others. All different types of feedback have a role in the classroom, but teachers need to be informed on how to best respond to students.

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Topics: tips for teachers

My Summer of Self-Care

Posted by Crysta Baier on Thu, Jul 25, 2019

Teachers, think back to May when it was the last day of school. You said goodbye to your students, cleaned up your room, checked out with your principal, and headed home to enjoy your summer. But before you left the building, you also packed up your car with teacher manuals to study, educational books to read, and lessons to rework. No worries—that’s what we all do. The summer is a great time to get a jumpstart on the next school year. However, I would urge you to do more than work this summer. Take the summer to care for yourself, nurture your personal interests, and relax.

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Topics: tips for teachers

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