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Composting in Schools, or not?

Most school districts have adopted recycling programs, and children have been educated on the importance of recyclable items, such as plastics, cans, glass, cardboard, and paper. Student’s participate in collecting, and separating these items with an understanding that they can be reused for manufacturing purposes when turned into the proper…

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The 3 C’s To Creativity: Celebrating Keep Kids Creative Week

The 3 C’s to Creativity: Celebrating Keep Kids Creative Week

Looking for ways to engage children, spark their imagination, and rid them of boredom?  A great way to do this is to celebrate Keep Kids Creative Week, a national initiative seeking to put the spark back into a child’s imagination.  Held on the last week of September of each year, founder Bruce Van Patter–an author and illustrator himself–wanted to give kids the support they need to be just that–kids.  Using the imagination to create new ideas or solve problems is paramount to being prepared for the 21st century, so check out some ways you can integrate creativity in your school day with your students.

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Get Kids Excited To Read

Get Kids Excited To Read

One of the great things about teaching, is the opportunity we have to instill a love of reading on to our students. Kids come to us with different reading abilities, different interests and different feelings toward reading.   To help ensure that our students leave us as lifelong learners and have…

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Spelling Bee, Spelling Match, Spellathon

Spelling Bee, Spelling Match, Spellathon

Norman Rockwell, 1918, “Cousin Reginald Spells Peloponnesus” painting provides evidence of the five generations of influence that Webster’s spelling books had on students in the United States. Noah Webster’s curriculum, more commonly known as “The Blue-backed Speller,” initial publication was in 1786, which encouraged spelling bee’s, or spelling match competitions…

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Montessori Middle School

Montessori Middle School

Last week I examined a few principles of Montessori instruction and how they can be used to benefit students in a traditional middle school setting. It isn't surprising that the more engaged and hands-on students are, the more they learn. And since Montessori champions those principles, it is a rich…

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Digital Classroom Management

Digital Classroom Management

Ever have a great technology lesson that flopped?  Even with our best efforts, we see it as failure simply because of the classroom management.  I wrote a post on being a GEEK: Great Educators Engage Kids!  You can't engage kids effectively, unless you incorporate key classroom management techniques! Recently, I…

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Reassuring Parents

Reassuring Parents

Every year, I have concerned first grade parents coming to me about their child’s reading performance. “They just are not as far along as their brother/sister was at this age”, “how do they compare to the other children”, “they don’t like reading at home and we aren’t sure what to…

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Newsletters ‘R Us

At the start of the school year, teachers are beginning to think about ways for developing positive relationships with parents. The best way to avoid misunderstandings with parents is to have ongoing, clear lines of communication from the beginning. Weekly newsletters that are E-Mailed to parents are an excellent way…

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