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Three Simple Ways To Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month In Your Classroom

Three Simple Ways to Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month in Your Classroom

Now underway, National Hispanic Heritage Month seeks to highlight the contributions that Hispanic and Latinx communities make to our country and have made over the centuries to the formation of this nation.  From mid-September to mid-October, many activities occur nationwide to commemorate the event.  Check out our recommendations for ways of celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month with your students.

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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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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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Never Forget: September 11th In The Classroom

Never Forget: September 11th in the Classroom

9-11 Memorial in New York City

Do you remember what happened at 8:46 AM New York Time on September 11, 2011?  It’s one I’ll never forget.  I was in high school at the time in a career exploration class (wearing a New York skyline shirt) and our teacher turned on the television to show us what was happening.  It was both shocking and surreal.  Many emotions ran through my mind as we stopped the lesson and began focusing on what the events surrounding that day really meant for our lives and for those behind us.  Fast forward several years and we are still living with the consequences that resulted from the events in New York, at the Pentagon, and on United Flight 93.  Many of the youth in our schools were either too young to remember or not even born yet, so how do we teach about such a tragic event in our nation’s history?  Here’s three ideas you can try during this week:

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More Than A Day Off: 3 Ways To Kick Off Labor Day In Your Classroom

More Than A Day Off: 3 Ways to Kick Off Labor Day in Your Classroom

When most think of Labor Day, the thoughts of summer’s ending, that last dip in the pools before they close, parades, barbecues, and relaxing often comes to mind.  These are great ways to celebrate the holiday because it was designed for workers to enjoy time off work as well as remember the history of and the ongoing fight for workers’ rights.  Check out these tips below to find ways of celebrating Labor Day in your class so students will know it’s more than a day.

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Every-Day-Edits to Build Language Skills

Every-Day-Edits, are single paragraph, grammar exercises that contain ten  grammar mistakes that involve the following: comma rules, capitalization, spelling, punctuation, apostrophe usage, and occasionally run-on sentences. Regardless of the country, or the language, grammar is the foundation of communication. Additionally, Every-Day Edits can be used with students in fourth grade,…

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