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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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Inspire Children to Think and Act Like Scientists

Thinking and acting like scientists not only supports deep understanding of important “real-world” phenomena, it also helps children develop a self-concept as a capable learner. They start to take on the identity of a scientist; and they may even seek out other opportunities to think and talk like scientists!

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Adding a 21st Century Spin to Reading I A Step by Step Guide to Creating a Classroom READbox

If you were to walk past Room 113 at Patton Elementary in Austin, Texas, you’d see a “READbox,” inviting you to check out a student recommended book.  Everyone’s seen the traditional book report, but this project uses a green screen and augmented reality to showcase first grade book reviews in an engaging and innovative way. After learning about augmented reality, I realized that I could use the same idea of highlighting book reviews through a technology-focused public display, a READbox.

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