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Thinking Things Through with Alma’s Way

We go through the thinking process all day, every day, as we sift through SO MANY big and small ideas. In the classroom, students go through the thinking process independently and with their peers often. The ideas they consider can lead to both wonderful discoveries and powerful learning experiences. In the PBS KIDS property, Alma’s Way, 6-year old Alma elevates the process of thinking through things while modeling self-awareness, responsibility, and decision making.

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Using the Change of Seasons to Spark Curiosity and Encourage Exploration

The PBS Changing Seasons collection helps our students expand their thinking while also opening their eyes to the world around us. The creative ideas for additional activities and extensions enhance the available media resources. My preschoolers are really enjoying these experiential activities -- we are having fun while learning inside and outside the classroom.

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Missing Narratives: Uncovering Untold Histories

Imagine being in a bookstore, picking up a book and reading the description in the back. You like what you read, so you decide to read the book but….OH NO! Every other chapter is missing! Would you truly understand the full story? Would you even really know what happened?  Many times, the texts and curricula used in our classrooms are missing critical chapters. This impacts our students’ ability to learn and understand multiple perspectives. Do they truly even know what happened? 

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POV Watch Club: After Show and Resources | November

This month’s loving conversation between educators Elroy “EJ” Johnson and Vanessa Cronin about POV’s La Casa De Mama Icha celebrates the heart of Watch Club After Show. EJ and Vanessa reflect on the unique power of documentary films to affirm and reflect students’ and educator’s experiences, with particular focus on the immigrant experience and the concept of home. EJ and Vanessa discuss the vital importance of fostering empathy in students and share tools, including a lesson plan, to bring the film and its themes into...

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Dive in and Explore: PBS KIDS Self-Paced Learning for PreK-2 Teachers

No matter which growth path you take, you’ll always enjoy free interactive content designed for quick and flexible learning; easy access anytime, anywhere, with a computer, tablet or smartphone; and unlimited access. So whether you carve out 15 minutes before school, break time (is there really a break time?), afternoon or evening, the PBS KIDS Self-Paced Learning Collection is here when you want it. 

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POV Watch Club: After Show and Resources | October

In this months after show you’ll hear directly from Ashley and Emily as they discuss what inspired the film and how education helped (and sometimes didn’t help) support Ashley throughout her experience. Most importantly, you’ll have the opportunity to get advice directly from Ashley herself about how you can show up for your own students who may be living in similar circumstances. We hope you’ll listen carefully and learn from the wisdom that Ashley and Emily so generously and honestly offer in this conversation.

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POV Watch Club: After Show and Resources | September

Welcome to September’s Back-to-School Special edition of Watch Club! We have highlighted memorable moments from previous Watch Club after shows and shared tips to help you bring documentaries into your classrooms this year.

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Creating Classroom Norms in this New Normal

With the start of the New York City public school year around the corner, I keep revisiting last Fall to consider what exactly I should attempt again and what I should leave behind. Of course, the beginning of the year is fun. It’s joyful to meet students, begin symbiotic relationships, and figure out what piques curiosity in different children. 

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7 Ways Teachers & School Leaders Can Support Students in a (Post) Pandemic Year

Shorter days, back-to-school sales, and shopping for new school outfits are all telltale signs that summer is coming to a close, signally that the first day of school is around the corner. Unfortunately, this year, the usual back-to-school excitement usually felt by students (and parents) is overshadowed by emerging concerns about the Delta variant and what it will mean for the new school year. 

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