How to Boost Your Students’ Confidence

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

Teachers are bound to have one or two students in their classes that seem to lack the confidence they need to attack a challenging problem or assignment. These students, who are most often very capable of completing the task, have underlying reasons for their seemingly unwillingness to try: the fear of failure, helplessness learned by having adults always willing to do things for them, lack of persistence confused with laziness. Whatever the reason, teachers need some strategies to help pull these students out of this pattern and allow them to see success, which, in turn, can build their confidence. The following is a list of strategies you can use to boost confidence and persistence in your struggling students.

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The Benefits of Using eBooks in your Classroom

Posted by Jessica N. on May 4, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Today’s kids are used to having access to access to their devices 24/ home, on the bus, at school, and everywhere in between. When they want to learn something new, they reach for these devices to do an internet search or to communicate on social media about that topic. They are hard-wired to be comfortable in a digital environment and they look to it as their first and most meaningful learning tool. Consider these benefits of incorporating eBooks into your classroom:

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5 Tips for Using Tablets in the Classroom

Posted by Shelley H. on May 2, 2016 12:50:15 PM

More and more schools are making iPads and other types of tablets available for classroom use. Whether it is through one-to-one technology, iPad carts available for teachers to check out or through allowing students to bring their own devices (BYOD), tablets are a tool that many teachers have found useful in the classroom. They enhance the teacher’s ability to monitor and assess student learning, they help personalize student learning and they allow for easy collaboration between students. If you are still wondering how to best utilize this tool in your classroom, here are some tips for using iPads in your classroom.

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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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