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Science Lesson Plan about Birds

Posted by Shelley H. on Apr 28, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Spring is in the air and with it comes kids (and teachers) who are anxious to get outside. Take advantage of the nice weather and plan some lessons and activities that allow you to get your class out of the building and into nature. The Big Universe title, What Happens in Spring? Birds in Spring is a great resource for focusing some of your students’ day-dreaming, outside focus into learning.

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Prevent Year-End Burnout with a Few Simple Tips

Posted by Jilayne S on Apr 27, 2016 7:00:00 AM

The end of the year is tough. Really tough. The stress of finishing up all that’s on a teacher’s plate before the end of the year can be astounding.  Assessments, projects, reviews or evaluations, and grades or report cards are just a few of the millions of things on a teacher’s mind each and every day of those last few weeks. I look at other teachers in my school and think, “How do they keep smiling through it all?”  Well, I asked them that question and several answers kept coming up. Here are the top five tips that seem to keep my colleagues in a great state of mind in spite of all the stress around them.

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Writing Activities to Keep Kids Engaged at the End of Year

Posted by Jessica N. on Apr 25, 2016 2:07:34 PM

It can be challenging to keep students motivated, but with a little planning, the last few weeks of school can be meaningful and fun.  Here are some time-honored end-of-year literacy activities you may want to consider.

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Great Ideas to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

Posted by Jilayne S on Apr 22, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Cinco de Mayo is all about food, music, and parades, right?  Well, while these may be ways we celebrate the holiday, what’s the reason behind the festivities? How did this holiday come about?

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How to Motivate Kids to Read over the Summer

Posted by Jessica N. on Apr 20, 2016 7:00:00 AM

You’ve worked hard throughout the year to help your readers grow and fall in love with reading.  It’s time to start thinking about how you can prevent that summer slide and keep your students reading all summer long. Consider these tips for getting your kids pumped for some summer reading fun:

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Must-Have Skills to Succeed as a Modern Educator

Posted by Shelley H. on Apr 18, 2016 12:18:40 PM

Education seems to be a constantly changing landscape. State mandates, federal mandates, new administrators, new schedules, new students - all of this adds up to a teaching atmosphere that sometimes can feel outside of our control. But there are many aspects of our teaching that we can control and many skills that can help us succeed in this ever-changing role that we call teaching.

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Great Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

Posted by Jessica N. on Apr 15, 2016 10:22:00 PM

Did you know, Earth day is celebrating its 46th anniversary this year? Talking with your students about the importance of Earth Day and how to care for the earth is a great way to welcome spring and get your students thinking about ecology.

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Great Apps to Teach Kids Math

Posted by Shelley H. on Apr 13, 2016 6:30:00 AM

In last week’s blog post, I mentioned some apps that are available to improve literacy skills. Today’s post is devoted to finding apps that are great for helping kids with math. Similar to literacy apps, math apps can be extremely useful for students who are otherwise averse to math, they can help create incentive to practice basic math skills and they can give teachers important tools for personalizing student learning. Math apps can be a great addition to the classroom. They can be used to challenge your more advanced math students as well as provide additional learning tools for your struggling mathematicians.

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10 Year-End Projects to Keep Your Learners Engaged

Posted by Jilayne S on Apr 11, 2016 6:30:00 AM

I admit it. The weather turns warmer and I start to lose focus. Fortunately, as an adult, I have strategies to help me return my attention to work that needs to get done. Our students, however, may not obtain those same abilities. That means, as teachers, we need to make sure we keep learning interesting until that last bell rings. Here are 10 ideas that are sure to engage learners in your classroom (and help you keep your sanity).

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Tips for Finishing the School Year Strong

Posted by Jessica N. on Apr 8, 2016 6:00:00 AM

The home stretch has arrived!  Hopefully you’ve Spring Break to relax and recharge and are ready to tackle these last few weeks of the school year.  Here are a few tips to keep you on the right track on this race to the finish:

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