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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Science Activities to Celebrate the Wright Brothers

Orville won the coin toss.Wilbur pushed his brother down the short wooden ramp, and they made history. The plane traveled only 120 feet in 59 seconds, but it was a success. The Wright brothers’ 600-pound “Flyer I” was the first to achieve powered flight on December 14, 1903 in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. In the words of the U.S. [...]

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Skating Through Cold and Flu Season (Infographic)

Schools are breeding grounds for germs that can make you sick, from the sniffles to the flu, but we can help you spin past them. We’ve compiled a list of tips for staying healthy and germy places to avoid so you can glide through the school year without getting sick!Working through an illness won’t win you a gold [...]

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Healthy Cooking Activities for the Classroom

Incorporating cooking and nutrition projects in your classroom is a way to foster engagement and hands-on learning for virtually any subject. You don’t need to have access to a kitchen to conduct successful projects that integrate history, math, or science, for example. With some inexpensive equipment, your students can whip up healthy, delicious creations while practicing new skills that relate [...]

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Using Black Friday Ads to Teach Percentages

“When will we use this stuff?”Responding to this question can be frustrating for math teachers and students alike, but it presents an excellent opportunity for you. You have the green light to explain the value of developing life skills and how the content is in fact practical.Connecting some content to real life can be difficult, but that isn’t the [...]

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How to Reduce Student Anxiety in the Classroom

School can be a stressful place for kids, both socially and academically. Anxious minds can stand in the way of students fulfilling their potential. Teachers are on the front line when it comes to helping students mitigate their fears and stresses, and with the right tools and strategies, they can get anxious students back on track.Common Classroom AnxietiesAnxiety in the [...]

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How Teachers Can Support Students During SAT and ACT Prep

The SAT and ACT can be challenging for students and may seem more like puzzles than tests. Teachers can help students prepare by incorporating test prep into their curriculum. Here are some strategies that teachers and counselors can use to ease the stress of standardized testing:Organize Practice TestsPractice tests help familiarize students with the format of the SAT and ACT. Break [...]

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