Lesson Plan Inspiration: The Life Cycle of a Snowflake

During the winter months, snowflakes and the science surrounding them can serve as lesson plan inspiration for elementary students of all ages. Getting students involved with understanding the world around them is a great way to cultivate wonder through engaging learning experiences. From math concepts to diversity and more, there are many ways you can incorporate snowflakes into your classroom.The [...]

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Creative Writing Prompts for Kids

Writing prompts are designed to get students interested in a specific topic while encouraging them to write about it in a thoughtful, imaginative way. Creative writing and journaling are ideal for helping students express their feelings, clarify their ideas, and more. It’s no secret that writing and other communication skills are important for ongoing success in students of all ages. [...]

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Educational Fall Field Trip Ideas

Field trips can be amazing learning experiences. They provide students with the opportunity to actively participate in education, offering learning possibilities that aren’t readily available in the classroom. There are many benefits to incorporating field trips into your lesson plans. For example, a study by the U.S. Travel Association found that “regardless of gender, ethnicity or socioeconomic status, youth [...]

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2017 #EveryClassroomCounts Results

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.2017 saw a record-breaking number of project submissions, and we were amazed by [...]

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Getting Started: Yoga in the Classroom

Yoga has been gaining popularity in the K-12 school setting, particularly over the past decade. In fact, Harvard Health reports that 1.7 million U.S. children did yoga in 2012 — an increase of 400,000 from 2007. As more and more research points to evidence that yoga can improve academic achievement, positive behavior, and overall well-being, a growing number [...]

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4 Types of Learners in Education

Now that school is back in session, it’s important to develop lesson plans to help all your students learn in a way that fits their individual needs. When teachers understand the characteristics of different learning styles and associated instruction strategies, they are better able to address the instructional requirements of all their students.Because every student learns differently, learning styles [...]

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Helping Classrooms Thrive: An Interview with Teacher Josh Montero

Advancement Courses has been partnering with the online charity, DonorsChoose.org, since 2015. Each year, we donate 10 percent of all sales during each back-to-school season to help students and teachers in need. This year, from August to October, we were able to donate $38,929 to 252 different projects to reach 32,834 students across the nation.One of the teachers we were able [...]

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Signs of Dyslexia in Students

Affecting up to 12% of school age children, students with the learning disabilities designated as dyslexia, dysgraphia, and oral and written language learning disability (OWL LD) are characterized by impaired abilities in oral language, reading, handwriting, spelling, and writing. While experts aren’t sure what causes these disabilities, they to tend to run in families, and affect the areas of the [...]

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​Every Classroom Counts: How Advancement Courses Is Funding Success

Back to school time is here, and parents and students aren’t the only ones stocking up on supplies. It’s no secret that teachers often use their own money to purchase essential classroom items, fund projects, and more. Though schools have typically provided many of these items in the past, budget cuts and funding shortages mean that many teachers now [...]

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Organization Tips for Your Elementary Classroom Library

For elementary-age students, a well-organized classroom library can spark a love of reading that will last a lifetime. If the idea of setting up a classroom library seems intimidating, don’t worry! Here are our favorite tips for organizing and maintaining your library so that it’s easy to use (and keep track of) for years to come.Categorize Your Books  The first step [...]

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