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First-Year Teacher Tips

First-Year Teacher Tips

Apr 11th 2019

The school year may be over for students, but for first-year teachers the work is just getting started. If your first year in front of the class is ahead, here are some tips to make sure you start the … read more
Math Workshop

Math Workshop

By Chris Schwab on Apr 11th 2019

What Is Math Workshop?Math workshop is known by various names: math workshop, leveled math groups, guided math, differentiated groups, etc. Whatever you call it, math workshop is a valuable way t … read more
Investing in Handwriting: Activate the brain

Investing in Handwriting: Activate the brain

By Leigh Ann Pernell on Apr 10th 2019

With the pressure to raise standardized test scores and meet educational mandates, some of our schools have decided that they don’t have the instructional time available to dedicate to handwriting ins … read more
Ideas for Reading Buddies

Ideas for Reading Buddies

Apr 9th 2019

Partner with another class so everyone has a buddy.Plan on about 20-30 minutes (once a week if possible) to meet as Reading Buddies.Choose authors and illustrators to highlight for the buddy. For ex … read more
Excite Your Child’s STEM Imagination

Excite Your Child’s STEM Imagination

By Leigh Ann Pernell on Apr 5th 2019

As parents, we want to equip our children with the skills to tackle problems and build the perseverance for solving them. A great way to enhance these skills is through innovative STEM activities. STE … read more
A Few Spring Organization Tips

A Few Spring Organization Tips

By Molly S. on Apr 4th 2019

Spring has arrived! And with its highly-anticipated arrival comes the season of spring cleaning. By this time of year, many classrooms have filled up with random piles of “I’ll put that away later.” B … read more
8 Fun Classroom Ideas for Post-Testing

8 Fun Classroom Ideas for Post-Testing

Apr 4th 2019

Standardized testing is mandated in all 50 states for public K-12 schools that expect to receive funding, but the ways the tests are administered (and the actual material) vary. The one thing th … read more
Tips for Raising Readers

Tips for Raising Readers

By Leigh Ann Pernell on Apr 3rd 2019

Reading is so much more than a mandatory classroom activity or mundane homework assignment. The act of reading opens the door to experiences, people, places, information, and inspiration. If we want t … read more
Time to Spring Forward

Time to Spring Forward

By Leigh Ann Pernell on Mar 10th 2019

Ahh, the joyful rejuvenation of spring! It’s time to be inspired by the new life and new learning that accompany the season. Spring offers many opportunities for life science investigations—so o … read more
5 Ways to Teach Kindness in Your Homeschool

5 Ways to Teach Kindness in Your Homeschool

By Cari G. on Mar 6th 2019

I believe kindness is one of the most important things we can teach our children. Of course, teaching by example is a great way to do this. However, sometimes it's not enough. Sometimes we need to poi … read more
Flexible Skill Groups

Flexible Skill Groups

Mar 6th 2019

Successful students develop a deep understanding of concepts, are willing to think independently, and are able to use what they know to solve real problems and complete quality learning tasks. Flexibl … read more