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Making the Classroom Ready for Educational Media

The school year is coming! The school year is coming! As schools across the country are opening for a brand new year, excitement mounts. Teachers are making new classroom arrangements and bulletin boards. This is a great time to think about the new ways you want to add technology to your classroom and create a media rich environment from the moment your new students enter the room.

PBS in the Classroom

Using Pinkalicious & Peterrific to Encourage Kindness

When our students come to school, most times they are carrying more than just a backpack full of school supplies, books and homework. They are coming with a hungry stomach, a sleepless night, an angry parent, unfair punishment, anxiety about being teased or bullied, a bad hair day, incomplete homework, or other external and internal stressors.  With that in mind, making time to create a card can really emphasize the importance of showing kindness to one another.

Voices in Education

New Ways to Power Up and Re-energize Faculty Meetings

Faculty meetings provide the time and space for teachers to come together to address school concerns -- they just need a timely revamp to ensure that the meeting is relevant and meets its potential.

Voices in Education

Brain in the Cooler

If I had a nickel for every time I have been told as a teacher that I must keep my students engaged, I could probably retire. Student engagement — these words are mentioned in countless articles, videos, webinars and textbooks about education and teaching. All of these sources have given me insights into how I might better engage my students in class, but true student engagement has been elusive for me at times.  

Voices in Education

Remove Labels and Redefine Student Success

There should never be a statement that starts with “those kids” to refer to socioeconomic status, family life, color of skin, behavior or disability. “Those kids” all have names, unique abilities, and defining factors that will always shape and color their world.

PBS in the Classroom

Strategies to Create a Community in Your Classroom

The Arthur theme song says it all: “You can learn to work and play and get along with each other.” Building a classroom community is a process with huge benefits for students and teachers.

Current & Trending

Closing the Gap in Computer Science By Building Confidence

Girls Who Code is on a mission to close the gender gap in computer science. And we’re focused on reaching girls as early as possible in the pipeline, because we know that nearly 70 percent of the growth in the tech pipeline could come from changing the path of our youngest girls.

PBS in the Classroom

Celebrating Earth Day with a Gardening Focus

It’s Earth Day today, and we will do our part! Around the world, on April 22, people often celebrate Earth Day by planting trees, picking up litter, or “opting outside” by visiting a nearby park or another natural place. Some even make long-term Earth Day resolutions that commit to taking actions over time to help the environment.

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5 Ways to Get Your Class to Explore the Outdoors

I love that my students are noticing the changing world around them at such an early age. They can see there are cycles which impact what grows around them. Just as the seasons change, so do we. How we react to a discovery is key to setting the tone for more! Simply put, ‘care to care.’ As teachers, we tend to have an agenda and plan to follow. When we can blend our objectives with the wonder of each new day, the doors of learning seem to get wider and brighter.   

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