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How to Set Reading Goals with Students

  No matter how much you want to believe that your students will read over break – whether it be winter break, Spring break, or during the summer months, the hard truth is that most children do not.  In fact, according to the National Education Association: Only 53 percent of children ages three to five
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50 ABC Books for Young Learners


50 ABC Books for Young Learners

Books that focus on the alphabet not only help to reinforce a child’s understanding of the ABCs, but they also help to foster a love for books and reading.  With so many alphabet books out there, it can be overwhelming to know where to start.  The 50 books below are perfect additions to any young
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Student Teaching: An Unforgettable Experience


Student Teaching: An Unforgettable Experience

Whether you are a young teacher starting out or a veteran teacher, you will always remember your student teaching experience. It was the foundation that helped you become the teacher you are today. Both the good and the bad experiences influenced the decisions you made and continue to make in YOUR classroom.



How is Your School Year Going?


How is Your School Year Going?

The middle of the school year can be a tough time!  Between the holidays, parent teacher conferences, assemblies, performances, testing, and more, it’s hard to find time to breathe.  During the #TeachChat on Wednesday, December 10th, we asked teachers what has been the most challenging this year, the most surprising, and then we asked what
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The Importance of Kindness in the Classroom


The Importance of Kindness in the Classroom

Kindness in the classroom is more than a catch phrase or a the latest fad.  It is, or should be, the ultimate goal of every educator in every school in every country.  Kindness and respect lead to learning, while bullying, whether intentional or not, and criticism lead to anything but a productive learning environment.



Using Digital Portfolios in the Classroom


Using Digital Portfolios in the Classroom

Digital or ePortfolios are an amazing way to excite students’ curiosity, learning, and reflection.  They offer limitless possibilities for demonstrating growth and mastery across all subject areas and grades.  Whether using them as a platform for students to explain the problem solving process for a complicated math equation or as a way to show the
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Black History Month: 20 Children’s Books Worth Reading


Black History Month: 20 Children’s Books Worth Reading

Start planning now for Black History Month with some amazing children’s books that are perfect to share with your elementary students.  While Black History Month doesn’t begin until February 1st, it runs the entirety of the month and offers teachers a great opportunity to discuss history.  The books below are sure to hold your students’
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Solving Word Problem Woes


Solving Word Problem Woes

Word problems are often the cause of math class woes.  Understanding how to solve them, what they are asking for, and which operations are needed are not easy tasks.  Thankfully, the Math Folders featured in this week’s Really Good Giveaway give students instant access to reminders and clues that will make solving math word problems
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How to Set Reading Goals with Students


How to Set Reading Goals with Students

  No matter how much you want to believe that your students will read over break – whether it be winter break, Spring break, or during the summer months, the hard truth is that most children do not.  In fact, according to the National Education Association: Only 53 percent of children ages three to five
continue reading


Using Digital Portfolios in the Classroom
Using Digital Portfolios in the Classroom

Digital or ePortfolios are an amazing way to excite students’ curiosity, learning, and reflection.  They offer limitless possibilities for demonstrating growth and mastery across all subject areas and grades.  Whether using them as a platform for students to explain the problem solving process for a complicated math equation or as a way to show the
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11 Free Science Websites for Kids
11 Free Science Websites for Kids

Non-fiction texts and sites have become even more important with the implementation of recent education standards.  For teachers with a limited budget, however, providing high-quality, age-appropriate materials has posed a significant challenge.  Thankfully, there are websites that will not only fill the non-fiction, science gap in the classroom, they also do it for free.  Get
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50 Free and Low-Cost Teaching Resources
50 Free and Low-Cost Teaching Resources

With the start of the new school year upon us, the time teachers have to research free and low-cost teaching resources is exceptionally limited.  During one of our #TeachChat sessions, we asked teachers to let us help them find resources that would make their lives easier.  They asked for everything from math curriculum to graphic
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