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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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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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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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Just Right Books

Just Right Books

Finding fun ways to help students develop a love of reading takes a bit of planning. As educators, we want our student to be successful and find "Just right books". Meaning they are reading books that interest them and are written on their reading level. If students are reading "just…

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