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Fixing Broken Relationships

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Tue, Dec 12, 2017

Relationships can be hard. They are dynamic, there can be communication breakdowns and misunderstandings, and philosophies and beliefs don’t always align. There are also times when relationships are strained by outside factors that have little to do with the people involved.

As a teacher, it is critical to maintain positive relationships with others. When they get rocky or go downhill, there should be a quick attempt to turn it around and mend the relationship. Whether it is a student, parent, or colleague, broken relationships not only cause stress, they often waste time and drain energy. If you have a relationship that needs fixing, here are some guidelines to help you:

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Topics: Administrator Resources, Student Engagement, tips for teachers, Getting Parents Involved

Incorporating Movement Into the Classroom

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Tue, Nov 14, 2017

Over the past few years, more research has been done on the effects of movement and exercise on the brain. In recent images of brain scans that have been taken during 20 minutes of sitting quietly and 20 minutes of walking, there is a much higher level of brain functionality following the walking. We know that blood flow helps brain waves and brain function, and body movement helps blood flow.

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Topics: Student Engagement, tips for teachers

Technology + Movement = High Engagement

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Tue, Oct 18, 2016

Educational leaders look for ways to maximize student learning and increase the effectiveness of teacher instruction. In my school, we use the term “best practice” when referring to strategies that are research-based and have evidence supporting them. Two practices that show great evidence in student learning are allowing students to learn through movement and incorporating technology into the classroom. While you may not think of technology and movement as a likely combination, bringing these two factors together can greatly increase engagement and help students excel.

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Topics: Classroom Technology, Education Technology, curriculum, Student Engagement


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