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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.

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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?

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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.

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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?

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.

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]

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?

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.

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.

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.

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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]

How to Bring Back the Arts and Boost Academic Achievement Through STEAM Curriculum

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Did you know that music lessons can help students excel in STEM ? Or that art programs in class can help children manage their stress and achieve higher test scores over time? Art is more than just an elective that students can go without.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

Setting SMART Teaching Goals for Next School Year

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Summer can be a useful time to reflect on the previous school year and make a plan for changes or improvements you want to see next year. But determining where to start and what accomplishments you’d like to reach can be tough—especially if you’ve never set specific teaching goals.

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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.

A Teacher’s Guide to Communicating with Generation X, Y, and Z Parents

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You may know your ABCs but what about your XYZs, as in generations? It’s so easy to put together a classroom Facebook group or send a school email without a second thought.

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.

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Learning Styles: Fact or Fiction? What This Decades-Old Theory Can Teach Us

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Do you know whether you’re a visual, auditory, reading/writing, or kinaesthetic learner? What about your students? If you’ve been in the educational field long enough, you’ve probably come across Fleming’s learning styles theory.

Your Guide to Preventing and Responding to School Bullies

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October is National Bullying Prevention Month, a campaign founded by PACER to eradicate bullying across the country. According to school bullying statistics, 37% of children report having been bullied before, but only 31% of this number reported it to an adult.[5]

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What’s the Link Between a School’s Budget and Efficacy? Stanford University Challenges Prevailing Beliefs

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Stanford University recently published a study based on over 300 million test scores across 11,000 different school districts in grades three to eight—the largest directory of student test scores that has ever been published.

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ADHD in the Classroom: How to Teach and Support Students with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

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A survey of educators found that the majority lack enough information and classroom management strategies for students with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and that they don’t feel capable to help them.[2]

Why Failure Is Good for Learning, and How It Applies to Your Struggling Students

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Most of us, if given a choice, want to do things right on the first try; no one wants to fail. But did you know that our mistakes actually breed more success in the long run? As it turns out, mistakes are integral to the learning process.

How to Use Brain-Based Learning in the Classroom

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In his book A Celebration of Neurons: An Educator’s Guide to the Human Brain , educational researcher Robert Sylwester wrote, “The human brain is the best-organized, most functional three pounds of matter in the known universe.” [3].

How to Boost Family Involvement through Parent-Teacher Conferences

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The first few months of school pass by so quickly. Before you know it, parent-teacher conferences are right around the corner. It’s easy to let the conference season catch us by surprise, but did you know that parent-teacher conferences are one of the best ways to boost parent engagement?

Millennial Parents Favor Online, Flexible Education

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Nelina Moore, 5, does UPSTART preschool work at home with her mother Deborah Moore. What will traditional education look like in 20 years? Based on findings from a recent independent study, it looks like education will have strong ties to personalized learning and digital technology.

New Research Shows Waterford has Positive Longitudinal Effects for Early Learners

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New research shows Waterford curriculum at the preschool level has positive longitudinal effects for children through 4 th grade.

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Study Shows Despite Access, Students Not Using Tech Much in Classroom

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A good number of teachers are using technology in their classroom to gather and evaluate information about their students, but are these teachers using tech in the classroom to collaborate and communicate effectively? Not really.

Resource Roundup: Digital Citizenship Lessons & Tips

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In today’s technology driven world, students are faced with issues our parents and grandparents never had to think about. Challenges like: social media, cybercrime, cyberbulling, and more.

New STEM Early Learning Website Provides Teacher Resources

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The Office of Innovation and Improvement ( OII ) has created a new website dedicated to early STEM education that summarizes its activities and provides convenient access to the tip sheets, archived webinars, lists of STEM commitments, and many other materials.

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