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9 Holiday Gift Ideas for School Support Staff

9 Holiday Gift Ideas for School Support Staff

Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the gift giving list is so…long!  By the time December rolls around, picking out gifts for friends, family, and co-workers can be exhausting.  But wait!  You can’t forget the school’s support staff on that gift giving list.  Without terrific paras, amazing custodians, fabulous school secretaries, lovely cafeteria workers,
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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.


Homophones: How to Choose Which One?

Homophones: How to Choose Which One?

Homophones: How to Choose Which Won One? by Kelli Sandman-Hurley, Ed,D. I have a huge embarrassing secret. I almost can’t bring myself to share it, but I need to get it off my chest, so here goes. I made a spelling mistake in my dissertation. That’s right, in my dissertation for a doctorate in literacy
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2014 Really Good Holiday Gift Guide – Educational Gifts for Kids

2014 Really Good Holiday Gift Guide – Educational Gifts for Kids

The holidays are quickly approaching and with them comes the stress over what to get for your young learners.  Thankfully, the product ideas below are a great way to get all of your shopping done while also adding a fun, educational flair to the gifts for the children on your list.  Teacher tested and parent
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50 Strange Things Teachers Say

50 Strange Things Teachers Say

Let’s face it, teaching is tough!  If you are a teacher, you know that sometimes you say things in the classroom that you never anticipated saying.  From “Ignore the dead scorpion on the floor” to “Don’t put the owl pellet near your mouth,” teachers say some unusual things.  We asked Really Good Teachers from across the country to
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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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8 Tips for Taking the Praxis® Exams

8 Tips for Taking the Praxis® Exams

The Praxis® exam is a test that is often required for those wishing to enter the field of education. In order to obtain a teaching certificate, future educators must pass the tests mandated by their state, but they often included the Praxis® Core and sub-tests for different areas of certification. Thankfully, veterans of the test
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3 Keys to Effective Behavior Management Webinar Recording

3 Keys to Effective Behavior Management Webinar Recording

On Sunday, October 26th, 2014, Really Good Stuff presented the second of our professional development webinars called “3 Keys to Effective Behavior Management”.  Watch* a recording of it below and find out how you can transform a challenging class into one that works for you and for learning.


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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3 Reasons Why Teachers Should Use LinkedIn

3 Reasons Why Teachers Should Use LinkedIn

“The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss In the ever changing world of social media platforms, it can be difficult to keep up with the ins and outs of each.  From Twitter to Facebook to Instagram and LinkedIn, there seems to be more and more places vying for time.  As
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