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Making Science Fun: How to Make a Prism

Making Science Fun:  How to Make a Prism

Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) are hot topics and areas of focus in the education community.  No matter what grade you teach, expect there to be a strong emphasis on these subjects throughout the school year.  In the midst of pursuing these high academic goals, it is important to remember that learning should be
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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
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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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January Bulletin Board Ideas for 2015

January Bulletin Board Ideas for 2015

Coming back to school after the winter holidays can be tough for students and teachers alike.  One way to freshen up the classroom and restore some excitement for being back in school is with some clever and creative bulletin boards.  While you may not have time (or want to!) make them before the holiday break
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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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5 Music Resources for the Classroom

5 Music Resources for the Classroom

Music can play such an important part in the classroom.  It helps with transition times, behavior management, classroom management, and can instantly change the mood of students (and teachers!).  While many teachers bring in their own music, it can get expensive to fund a class music library.  Besides asking the music teacher to borrow her CDs,
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End of the Day Classroom Routines

End of the Day Classroom Routines

Each day you look forward to the moment when the final bell rings for the day.  Unfortunately, that end of the day routine never quite goes as smoothly or as quietly as you had planned.  Last minute dashes for book bags, frantic pencil picking up, and line formation look more like a free for all
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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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