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How to Help Your Students Learn Healthy Communication Skills

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No matter what the future holds for today’s students, one life skill that’s essential for success in any chosen field—and in life—is the ability to communicate clearly, and to exchange ideas in person, online, or in writing. Why are good communication skills so important?

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How Educators Can Support Families of Children with Disabilities During Hybrid or Online Learning

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The sudden shift to online or hybrid learning during the COVID-19 pandemic has created plenty of challenges for students, schools, and parents. Chief among those is determining how to support students with special educational needs.

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8 Back to School Prep Tips for Teachers During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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For teachers, the first day of school always involves plenty of planning. But this year, the COVID-19 pandemic makes school planning difficult at best and often full of uncertainties.

Strategies for Motivating Students: Start with Intrinsic Motivation

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“Curiosity is,” said writer Samuel L. Johnson, “in great and generous minds, the first passion and the last.”. This quote is a great reminder that if we can get students curious and motivated to learn, we can set them up for a lifelong love of learning.

SplashLearn Makes Learning Fun and Creates Fearless Learners

Loved by more than 30 million kids, SplashLearn is a game-based learning program that creates engaging learning experiences to nurture a generation of fearless learners. SplashLearn is the fastest growing elementary school math program in the US, used by more than 440,000 teachers in about 77,000 schools across the United States.

Using Hybrid and Blended Learning to Promote Student-Centered Classrooms

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to progress, many classrooms remain online in some capacity. Now is a particularly helpful time to consider implementing blended or hybrid learning, two strategies that allow for independent or remote learning.

What Educators Need to know about Social Media, Online Bullying, and Hate Speech in Schools

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The Internet has revolutionized much of modern life, especially when it comes to education. There are benefits when students can learn and socialize in online spaces, but it comes with a dark side. Nearly three out of five U.S. teens say they have been harassed or bullied online.

Why Teacher Self-Care Matters and How to Practice Self-Care in Your School

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Because teaching is such an intensive job, educators can greatly benefit from learning about and practicing self-care. Unfortunately, teachers may worry that taking care of themselves can lead to self-absorption and distract them from their students. However, despite the misleading title, self-care isn’t at all about selfishness. In fact, practicing self-care can be in the best interest of everyone in your classroom.

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How to Encourage Gender Equity and Equality in the Classroom

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As an elementary school teacher, you may think your students are too young for discussions about gender. But did you know that children as young as four years old already express discriminatory beliefs based on gender? The earlier we can empower children with the belief that all gender identities (including their own) deserve respect, the better prepared all students will be for success.

How to Encourage Girls in Your Classroom to Get Involved in STEM

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Did you know that despite similar interests and abilities in STEM subjects (defined here as science, technology, engineering, and math), women are considerably less likely to end up in STEM careers? Although women’s equality in education and the workplace has come a long way, stereotyping and biases (both subconscious and overt) continues to hinder women from choosing STEM careers, even if that’s what they are passionate about.

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5 Costly Inventory Management Mistakes Schools Should Avoid

If your school is like most, inventory and/or asset management plays a critical role in daily operations.

7 Important People to Teach Students About During Hispanic Heritage Month

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Teachers, September is Hispanic Heritage Month! It’s always important to make sure your curriculum includes figures from many cultures and backgrounds. And now is a great time to highlight some of the Hispanic people who have made history.

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50 Fall Door Decoration Ideas for Your Classroom

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Decorating your classroom (or, for virtual teachers, background space) for autumn is an easy way to bring a smile to your students’ faces. If you’re still teaching in person in some capacity, fall door decor can be great for keeping spirits high. Looking for some festive and simple fall door decorating ideas? We’ve got you covered. These fall-themed decorations are sure to delight your students all season long!

The Value of Listening in the Classroom: How to Teach Your Students Active Listening

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Here’s a fast fact: over 60% of all misunderstandings come from poor listening and only 1% from poor reading.[11] 11] If you don’t currently teach your students specifically how to listen, it may be time to add activities to your curriculum that strengthen this skill. The benefits of strong listening skills may begin in class, but they extend through all aspects of your student’s academic and personal lives.

8 Goal-Setting Tips for Teachers to Prepare for an Uncertain School Year

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Last week, we provided you with an overview on the importance of setting goals for the school year and how to set SMART goals as a part of your professional development. But due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it can be difficult make a plan for growth when you may not be sure what your classroom or job requirements will look like. Teachers, we’ve put together a list of eight professional goal examples that can help you plan for whatever the upcoming school year brings.

7 Benefits of Lesson Plans in the Cloud

What if teachers didn’t have to lug tons of paperwork with them to and from work? Having lesson plans available anywhere is just one of the advantages.

What You Can Do to Bring Emotional Intelligence Lessons into the Classroom

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You may be aware of a student’s IQ, but what about their EQ (emotional intelligence quotient)? Emotional intelligence is different from cognitive ability, but it can be just as important.[13] 13] If you can teach your students how to recognize and regulate their emotions, they’ll be better prepared to focus and reach their potential both inside and outside the classroom.

How to Build a Summer Reading List for Your Incoming Students

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School may be out, but it’s still important to keep students reading and learning over the break. Assigning a summer reading list to your incoming students can be a helpful way to prepare kids for the next school year and limit literacy-related summer learning loss. We’ve put together a few tips on how to create a summer reading list that will prepare students to enter your classroom ready to learn. Also, at the end of the list you’ll find some recommended summer reads organized by grade.

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How Parent Empowerment Can Change Your Classroom for the Better

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Did you know that when parents play an active role of their child’s education, academic achievement improves, students are more likely to feel confident and self-motivated, and chronic absenteeism drops? By empowering parents and giving them a voice, you can partner with them to help every student in your class reach their potential. Read on to find out what parent empowerment is and how it ties into family engagement.

15 Activities, Teaching Strategies, and Resources for Teaching Children with Autism

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Because approximately 1 in 59 students are diagnosed with autism, learning how to help students with this disorder in the classroom is so important.[1] 1] Teaching young students with autism communication skills and learning strategies makes it all the more likely that they’ll reach their academic potential later on. And the more you learn about autism spectrum disorder , the better you’ll be able to prepare these students for lifelong success.

Why Families Leave Schools

Do you know three of the biggest reasons families leave schools? Here they are – and what you can do about it.

10 Popular Educational Trends and What You Need to Know

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The COVID-19 crisis is changing the educational landscape, often in unpredictable ways. It’s tough to know exactly what the upcoming school year will look like, but by keeping up on current trends in the educational sphere, you can return to school next year informed, whether you’re in a classroom or teaching at a distance. We’ve rounded up 10 educational trends and issues you should keep an eye on and consider researching for your classroom.

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10 Young People Who Changed the World to Add to Your Class Curriculum

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When we think about modern-day heroes to teach in class, it’s often people who made a difference when they were well into their adult years. But young people can—and often do—make a serious impact on the world. Teaching your students about young heroes can remind them that they have the power to change the world, too, even one person or community at a time. We’ve put together a list of 10 modern-day heroes who have made a difference in their communities from a young age.

How to Set Healthy Screen Time Habits: A Guide for Parents

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Depending on how we use it, technology can be either a priceless tool or endless distraction. Through computers, smartphones, and tablets, we have a wealth of information at our fingertips that can be both entertaining and intellectually stimulating. Too much screen time, however, isn’t healthy for anyone and can lead to serious consequences. Today’s children are digital natives, which means that they’ve grown up surrounded by technology from the time they were born.

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How to Prevent the Summer Slide and Help Reduce Educational Inequality

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School’s out, and it’s time for both teachers and students to relax before preparing for next year. But even over summer break, students still need educational opportunities so they can return to school strong and ready to learn more. Unfortunately, not all students have the same academic opportunities available to them during the summer.

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How Online Admissions Affect Enrollment Rates

Discover the top five reasons your school’s admissions should be online.

How Differentiated Instruction Can Help You Reach Every Student in Class

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It may seem like common sense that students perform better in class when they receive support that meets their needs. Research around differentiated instruction confirms this is true.

A Guide to Self-Care for Parents: Why Making Time For Yourself Matters

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Parenthood can be rewarding, but is it ever busy, too! Between taking children to school and managing other to-dos, some days it may feel like you don’t get a minute to yourself. And even when you hear about, self-care, you may dismiss it as frivolous, unnecessary, or even selfish. But self-care has little to do with self-absorption and everything to do with health and wellness.

How to Promote Additive Bilingualism over Subtractive Bilingualism in the Classroom

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What’s the difference between additive and subtractive bilingualism? If you work with bilingual and English-language learning (ELL) children, the answer to this question could make a world of difference for your students. Teaching your ELL students additive bilingualism is one of the surest ways to help them gain strong reading skills in English, and in their first language too.

Classroom Makerspaces: Boost Creativity and Critical Thinking Skills By Giving Students Their Own Corner

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Over the past few years, the term “makerspaces” has become a growing buzzword in the educational field. Whether or not you’ve seen one in action, you may have wondered whether these spaces are just an educational fad or a legitimate way to nurture creativity and learning in your students. It turns out, when used regularly and stocked with the right materials, makerspaces can help your students develop anything from critical thinking and self-confidence to digital citizenship or even STEM skills.

K-12 Private School Student Information System Buying Guide

Too many private schools are still using clunky, outdated systems, causing unnecessary stress and wasted time. That’s why it’s vital for them to invest in modern products and services purposefully designed for private K-12 education.

Technology and Digital Media in the Classroom: A Guide for Educators

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Technology has done more to change school curriculum and practices than nearly anything else—and in such a short amount of time! While it can be hard to keep up with every trend in educational technology, the mindset you have when it comes to classroom tech matters just as much as which ones you use. By learning to view it as a means of enhancing your lessons and resources, you can provide your students with tools and opportunities they may not otherwise access.

What Your School Needs to Know About Trauma-Informed Practices

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Did you know that over one-half of all students will experience a traumatic event by the time they reach adulthood?[8] 8] Each year, educators teach several students who have dealt with trauma in some way. You may not know which children in a classroom have experienced trauma, but the way your school reacts to and supports these students can have lasting consequences.

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A Teacher’s Guide to Toxic Stress in the Classroom

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Most students feel stressed at times in class, but some might be more vulnerable to stress than others. When stress builds up to severe levels for a child, they may be at risk to develop toxic stress—which can have lasting effects on their social-emotional, behavioral, and physical health. But if you can recognize signs of stress in your students, you can provide them with support to help them manage it before it overwhelms them.

12 of the Best School and Classroom Grants and How to Apply: A Guide for Educators

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School funding issues have been both brought to light and exacerbated due to the COVID-19 crisis. As schools adapt to teaching in these new circumstances, many educators are in need of resources to make their lessons accessible online. And existing issues, such as a lack of educational technology in schools with low budgets, have only become more limiting during this time.

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Inspiring K12 : Creating the Joy of Reading and Self-Directed Learning in the Digital Era

Personalized teaching of reading at the K-12 level can help imbue pleasure and interest in reading and the development of a reading habit, even among digital natives. A personalized approach works better than the systematic teaching of the entire class.