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In 2015, Advancement Courses began partnering with the online charity, DonorsChoose.org, by donating 10% of all sales during each back-to-school season to help students and teachers in need. From August to October, teachers across the country submitted their projects for consideration using #EveryClassroomCounts. 2016 saw a record breaking number of project submissions, and we were amazed by [...]

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​Thanksgiving Activities Across Subjects

Thanksgiving is next week, and your students are probably already thinking about turkey, stuffing, pies, and, of course, time off from school. If you’re looking for ways to keep your students’ attention and also get into the Thanksgiving spirit, check out the Thanksgiving-themed activities below. You’re bound to find an activity or two for which you and your students [...]

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Effective Read-Aloud Strategies for Your Classroom

The power of good storytelling, also known as a read-aloud, is about you, the teacher, joyfully and deliberately modeling a love for reading with your students. Read-aloud sessions can vary in length (anywhere from 5 to 45 minutes) and content, but the goal is the same: to demonstrate a passion for reading with your students. Here are strategies you [...]

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​How to Shift to a Growth Mindset

There are many buzz words in the education sector to help teachers be mindful of their students’ social and emotional learning (e.g., persistence, resilience, grit, and mindset). One missing piece of the puzzle, however, is how your academic identities are also affected by these components. As you seek to cultivate a more holistic learning environment in your classroom, you should [...]

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​How to Encourage Open Discussion and Debate in Your Classroom

One of our recent blogs talked about how to set up and host a successful debate in your classroom. But even before you set the debate rules, it’s important to establish a respectful and inclusive classroom culture. Setting up a classroom that encourages active participation and honest discussion is essential to creating an inclusive culture, but it’s not always [...]

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​Unique and Not-So-Unique Days to Celebrate in November

Looking for ways to spice up your daily classroom routine this month? While you already know that November is the month of giving thanks, did you know there is also a day that is dedicated to sandwiches? Check out our list of classroom activities to celebrate the common and not-so-common days of November with your students. November 3rd: National Sandwich [...]

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Battle It Out: 2016 Election

With the 2016 Presidential Election quickly approaching, your students may have questions about many of the key terms they’ve heard through social media or on TV. While most students know that we elect our president by voting every 4 years, many may not understand why or how that process actually works. One thing that often confuses students is the [...]

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Using Debate in the Classroom

For centuries, debates have been used in private and public forums to allow people with different beliefs to discuss and explain their ideas in a moderated fashion. Debates are, however, relatively new to the presidential election cycle. In fact, the first time debates were used in a presidential election was in the 1960 campaign between John F. Kennedy and [...]

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How to Celebrate Multicultural Diversity in Your Classroom

In 1993, the National Education Association (NEA) adopted Multicultural Diversity Day to “increase awareness of the tremendous need to celebrate our diversity collectively.” Since then, the third Monday in October has been designated to celebrate multicultural diversity in our schools. Many classrooms are composed of a diverse student body, but regardless of your students’ backgrounds, recognizing multicultural diversity is important. Check [...]

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Fun Fall Activities for your Classroom

The leaves are changing colors and beginning to fall, which means it’s a great time to integrate autumn-related activities to engage your students. For some interesting autumn activities across grade levels and subject areas, check out our ideas below! Fall Brainstorm and Writing (ELA and Social Studies) Many different fun activities are associated with the fall, so it’s a great time to [...]

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