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5 Back-to-School Tools to Add to Your Teacher Toolkit

The start of the new school year for children is exciting and a bit overwhelming. Parents take their kids to the store -- with school supply lists in hand -- to buy all the newest school supply items. For the young, the excitement of a new box of crayons and a lunch box is a big hit. The older child looks for folders with emojis or the latest cartoon craze on TV. Children get new clothes, shoes and backpacks. It’s a fun time! What’s New in the Teacher’s Backpack?

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Back to School with PBS KIDS: Design an Inclusive Classroom

No classroom can be successful without a sense of community and community doesn’t work if everyone isn’t included. This doesn’t happen by accident. It’s an environment that needs to be intentionally scaffolded. Inclusion is something that has to be designed. Here are some things to think about. 

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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.

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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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