​Teaching with Timelines During Black History Month

Black History Month, also known as National African American History Month, celebrates the many accomplishments of black Americans and also provides a great opportunity to reinforce how to effectively use timelines. See below for suggestions on how to teach black history using timelines while developing your students’ critical-thinking and creativity skills. Develop a Foundation First Timelines are more than just a visual tool [...]

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Infusing Technology into Your Classroom

As you begin 2017, make it a goal to try new things in order to enhance your teaching and increase student engagement. One way to do this is by taking advantage of new technologies. By incorporating technology more regularly in your classroom, you will immediately energize your teaching and positively impact your students’ learning experiences. Let’s take a look [...]

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Recognize the Power of Gratitude in 2017

“Gratitude turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity... it makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. ” -Melody Beattie Happy New Year! As you make your resolutions for 2017, we suggest also acknowledging and expressing gratitude for your many successes in 2016. [...]

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Special Days to Celebrate in January

January can be a challenging month to keep students excited. Between coming back to school after holiday break and the cold weather in many parts of the country, January can drag a bit. So, try spicing up your classroom by celebrating a few of these unique days. January 13 th: Friday the 13th Many people are afraid of the Friday the 13 th; there’s even [...]

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​SMART Goals to Enrich Your Teaching Practices and Your Life

This year, instead of making broad resolutions that are easily broken, consider making SMART goals. SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-bound objectives that will provide you with a direct path to achieve success. Since SMART goals are targeted and time-bound, you will be more likely to stick with them and achieve success. Click here to learn more [...]

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Prevent Student Distractions with Bell Ringers

Imagine walking into a professional development course and on the board at the front of the classroom is a colorful PowerPoint presentation that reads: Welcome! You sit down and take out your materials, excited and ready to learn. But then a few minutes go by. Teachers are filing in and taking their seats, but there is nothing for you to [...]

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Bring Australia to Your Classroom this Winter

So far this month, we’ve looked at unique ways to enjoy December with your students by discussing ways to celebrate many December holidays from around the world. If you’d like to continue to delight your students with interesting and unique winter activities, we suggest focusing on Australia! Take a look below to learn about Australian-themed winter activities. You’ll likely [...]

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Unique and Not-So-Unique Days to Celebrate in December

When you think of holidays, you probably think of the winter holidays in December, but there are also some not-as-well-known special days that you can recognize to keep your students engaged! Take a look at the below list of days to celebrate in December as well as some activities that you can engage in with your students. December 7th: Pearl Harbor [...]

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​Combatting HIV/AIDS in the Classroom

Today, December 1st, is World AIDS Day. HIV/AIDS remains a global epidemic that affects our students, families, and communities both directly and indirectly. In the United States, more than 1.2 million people are living with HIV, and 1 in 8 of them don’t know it. Young people are the most likely to be unaware of their infection. Among people ages [...]

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This Winter, Celebrate Diversity in Your Classroom

Now more than ever, it’s important to recognize and celebrate the diversity we find in our classrooms. While many students associate the month of December with Christmas or Hanukkah, there are actually many other celebrations that happen throughout the world in December. Below is a partial list of holidays that take place in December as well as some ideas about [...]

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