School Elections: Teaching Students About American Government

Schools have a deep-rooted and often unspoken mandate to instill the virtues of democracy in students. Student government teaches children that their voices can make a difference, and voting for our government’s leaders is one of the rights guaranteed to citizens in the U.S. Constitution. Without a political education, students will reach adulthood without the necessary skills and knowledge to [...]

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Celebrating Black Artists in the Classroom

Black History Month gives reason for both celebration and remembrance. As a teacher, you have an opportunity to showcase the bounty of accomplishments created through the creativity and resilience of this community. Of course, Black History Month is not only a celebration, but also a reflection on the many trials and injustices persons of color have endured. Their communities [...]

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Importance of Parent-Teacher Communication

I had taught art for eight years and was making the leap to teach second- and third-graders. As I prepared to teach reading, writing, and math instead of the elements of design and color theory, I was overly nervous. I turned to my principal for guidance on how to be an effective classroom teacher. He gave me one piece [...]

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Making it Count: Real-World Math Problems

A student may walk into algebra class day in and day out, wondering, “When are we ever going to use this stuff?” It’s a question asked in classrooms of all types across the country but is perhaps most pertinent when it comes to math. Luckily, real-world math problems provide a powerful answer to that frequently asked question. Real-world math problems [...]

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Music for Physical Education Classes

Childhood obesity remains a serious problem in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Since the 1970s, the percentage of children and adolescents impacted by obesity has more than tripled. Nearly one in five children and young people are considered obese. Physical education is an important asset for students, and its benefits extend beyond [...]

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How to Engage Students after Winter Break

Those rejuvenating weeks of winter break. What teacher doesn’t need the recharge that comes with family, friends, and carbohydrate-rich junk food? Of course, your students enjoyed their vacation, as well, but let’s face facts. They didn’t spend their downtime preparing for another semester of academic rigor. Now that January has arrived, it’s time to jumpstart the school year’s second half, [...]

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Using the Gym for Content-Area Lessons and Games

Games tap into our brains’ natural tendency to seek out novelty and rewards. That’s why games can be so effective as an instructional tool; they drive students to be excited, involved, and persistent in learning a new concept. Although you can certainly play educational games in your classroom, your school’s gym offers a great space and numerous resources to help [...]

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How to Make Co-Teaching Work

What comes to mind when your administrator states you will be co-teaching this year? Right away, we think, when will I have the time to plan? Does that mean more work? Will the co-teacher and I get along? Will our instructional beliefs match? We often become fearful of the unknown. We have to be open for change and ready [...]

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Season Science: 5 Winter Solstice Activities

What exactly is the winter solstice?It marks the time when one of the Earth’s poles has its maximum tilt away from the sun. The result is the day with the least period of daylight, creating the so-called “shortest day of the year.” It takes place in the Northern Hemisphere between December 20 and 23.The winter solstice offers a [...]

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How Assistive Technology Supports Special Education Students

More than 7 million children with disabilities received special education services across the United States in 2014, and this number continues to grow. As technology advances so does the ability to create better assistive technology to increase engagement and inclusion for our students with learning disabilities in the general education setting.Positive Outcomes Academically and SociallyBefore iPads, Smartboards and Chromebooks, students with [...]

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