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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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10 Ways to Integrate Art into Your Classroom

In honor of Women’s History Month, here are 10 ways that you can integrate the work of female artists into the classroom.

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CREATE A Valentine's Day to Remember

CREATE – what an amazing word!  It’s the top of Bloom’s Taxonomy.  It’s right in the middle of the Engineering Design Process. It’s what we want children to be able to do as they grow and learn, and what we know is one of the most memorable parts of school. 

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Diversify Your Classroom Bookshelf with Multicultural Books

As a former teacher who has taught in the primary grades, the struggle of getting students to engage in reading is all too familiar. My previous students were not disengaged because of a shortage of books – my classroom library was overflowing with fiction and non-fiction books varying in reading level and topic. My previous students were disengaged because the books available did not relate to their lives. 

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22 Ways to Bring Earthrise Into Your Classroom

Fifty years ago this week, on December 24, 1968, humans saw our planet Earth “rise” over another celestial object for the very first time. Whether your students have never seen the Earthrise image, or you happen to have a poster of it on your classroom wall, consider bringing some of the themes from Earthrise into your instruction with the resources from PBS LearningMedia.

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5 Activities to 'Engineer' Fun Before Winter Break

So, it is two days before the winter break. There is not enough time to start reading a basal story nor do you want to have to force students to sit still. Teachers could put on a movie but don’t have the energy to quiet students. What can you do with your students?  

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An Authentic Look at Thanksgiving

For millions of Americans Thanksgiving is one of the most beloved of holidays, an occasion with deep roots in the country’s history and a time to celebrate with family and friends. However, the historical association of Native Americans with this holiday and typical classroom activities used to commemorate Thanksgiving are problematic.

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9 Tips For Teaching Kindness in the Classroom

Fostering a culture of kindness enhances the connections made peer-to-peer and student to teacher. Carving out time to intentionally promote kindness cultivates empathy and understanding between individuals, leading to deeper relationships. As relationships form, trust develops, which allows a culture of learning to blossom where all individuals feel genuinely valued -- for who they are and what they contribute as a unique individual. Although there’s no denying that teachers have various demands to tend to, devoting ample...

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Self-Care for the School Year

When you need time, you have permission to keep it.  This is NOT permission to ‘take’ time; the time is yours to begin with. You GIVE it away all day, every day. You have permission to KEEP your own time.

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