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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Educator Autonomy: Honoring Teacher Input Leads to Investment and Innovation

It's a shame whenever an educator—especially one who has just learned an exciting, effective teaching technique they know their students will love and benefit from—suddenly pauses and thinks:But I won’t be able to do that in my classroom because… it doesn’t fit into my district’s instructional pacing plan it will take time [...]

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Valuing Critical Thinking in Teachers

One of modern education’s top goals has been to imbue our students with critical thinking skills, yet teachers aren’t encouraged themselves to think critically about the curriculum and pedagogies.According to Ruenzel (2014) writing in Education Week, “. . . too much of the discussion about the common core has focused on what students are going to have to do [...]

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3 Halloween Science Experiments

Halloween is the perfect time to spark an interest in science with spooky and creepy experiments. Whether it’s observing how pumpkins rot or using chemical reactions to create real-life ghosts, implementing hands-on activities in your classroom will not only capture your students’ attention but also yield long-term benefits such as higher standardized test scores and project management and communication [...]

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Lesson Plan: Learning a New Language

How is a foreign language like an unknown math term or symbol? Help students in grades 5-8 figure out the language of math, which includes words or symbols that must be analyzed to understand their meaning. This lesson plan includes several activities and helpful math vocabulary lists.Speaking the Language of MathOur popular course The Language of Math teaches students to [...]

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