Back-to-School Icebreakers for Every Classroom

The school year is quickly approaching and with it comes excitement, anticipation, and maybe even a little nervousness about the first day. One strategy for helping you and your students feel more comfortable during the first day—and the first few weeks—is to use icebreakers. Icebreakers are quick and easy activities that allow your students to get to know each [...]

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Visualize It! Start the School Year Off Right

Imagine that it’s the end of the first day of school. You’re home now, maybe sitting outside, reflecting on how your day went. What will your end-of-day story be? Your End-of-Day Story “Ahh, today was a good day! It actually went better than I planned. I really like my students. I can tell this is going to be a great year, [...]

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How to Differentiate Your Flipped Classroom

Last week, we introduced flipped learning, a pedagogical practice in which direct instruction and homework time are literally flipped to give students a more collaborative and engaging learning experience. In case you missed it, you can read our intro to flipped learning blog, here. One of the most important aspects of flipping your instruction is that it offers students a more [...]

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How to Flip Your Classroom

Flipped learning is one of the newest educational trends in K-12 classrooms today. The Flipped Model literally flips the way classroom instruction is delivered. Simply put, instead of the teacher using class time primarily for direct instruction, the teacher assigns direct instruction for students to engage in at home and uses class time to apply student learning through guided and [...]

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​How Games Can Change the Face of Education for the Better

The Games for Change Festival is an annual gathering of game enthusiasts who are interested in using games for social good. This year’s conference was held at the New School in New York City and attracted gamers and designers from the education, health, and social justice industries. Deidre Witan, a game designer and an Advancement Courses instructional designer, attended the [...]

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How to Teach Digital Citizenship to All Students

In a world filled with blogs, tweets, texts, social media posts, and memes, it’s more important than ever that students understand the norms of appropriate and responsible technology use. No matter which subject or grade you teach, you can help your students live, grow, and work in a technology-driven global community. Not sure how to begin teaching the many components of [...]

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Teachers: How Do You Celebrate Summer Break?

You did it! You made it to summer break. Congratulations! Once you’ve had ample time to catch up on your sleep and the Netflix shows you missed while grading final papers and exams, what do you have planned for your two months of freedom? If you are looking for some direction, have no fear! We’ve put together a list of [...]

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Tips to Support the Gifted Learners in Your Classroom

Last week, we looked at how to identify the hard-to-recognize gifted learners in your classroom. In our blog, we introduced the six profiles of gifted learners and shared a checklist that you can use to determine if your students fall into one of these gifted learner groups. Now that you have a better idea of who your gifted students are, it’s [...]

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How to Identify Gifted Students in Your Classroom

One of the many challenges you may face in your classroom is the daunting task of supporting all learners. One group of students—gifted learners—is particularly challenging to support because these learners can be quite difficult to identify. As you know, giftedness has a lot to do with intelligence, but some of your most successful students may not be considered gifted. At [...]

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End-of-the-Year Ideas for Your Classroom (All Grades and Subjects!)

Can you believe the school year is almost over? Who are we kidding? Of course you can! We know it has probably been a long, challenging, and hopefully fun year. With the final days ticking away toward summer, you and your students may be getting restless. Keep the momentum going all the way to the final bell with these [...]

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