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What the Pandemic Showed Us: Lessons About Curriculum, Equity, Family, and More

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The COVID-19 pandemic forced educators across the country to pivot on the fly and adjust their style of teaching. The disruption was unprecedented, stressful, scary, and physically and mentally taxing for teachers and students.

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How to Help Families Find Necessary Resources Over the Summer

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For many students, summer vacation means a leisurely and relaxing break from school. But it can also present challenges—academic and beyond. Educators know summer learning loss is a real issue, and it contributes to achievement gaps for all kinds of learners.

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50 Ways to Teach Using Music in Your Classroom

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Music has the power to calm minds, inspire joy, and help people process tough emotions all at once. But did you know that teaching children about music can boost school performance?

Commemorating Juneteenth: History and Celebration Ideas for Children

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Happy Juneteenth! On June 19 every year, communities celebrate this holiday as a milestone in the fight for freedom and equality. Read on to learn more about the meaning of Juneteenth and get ideas for celebrating it.

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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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15 Diverse Books for Kids to Include In Your Classroom Library

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It’s crucial to provide your students with books that explore a diverse breadth of identities and experience for two reasons, both of which tie into equity and access. First, it makes sure every student in your classroom feels that they have a voice and belong.

Ways to Build Media Literacy in Your Students, and Why You Should

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“A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is still putting on its shoes.” – Mark Twain (but not really).[1]. Thanks to the Internet, news can travel around the world at the speed of light. So can lies, conspiracy theories, and misinformation.

How to Use the Dual Capacity-Building Framework to Strengthen Family Empowerment

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When families are engaged in their child’s education, everyone benefits. Student scores improve, families become empowered, and educators can build healthier school communities.

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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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Understanding, Teaching, and Reaching Digital Native Students—and Digital Native Caregivers

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Over the past couple of decades, teachers have seen a new generation of students: those who have never known a world without the Internet. Many of them grew up immersed in a digital world. They are the digital natives. The earliest digital natives are now sending their own children to school.

Pride Month: 20 LGBTQ Children’s and Young Adult Books You Could Recommend

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June is LGBTQ Pride Month! While Pride Month activities have been more visible in recent years, this is not a new event. In fact, 2021 marks the 51st anniversary of this tradition. Even if you do not identify as LGBTQ, it’s more likely than not that you know or care about someone who does.

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?

The Importance of Play in Schools

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Beloved educator and children’s television host Fred Rogers once said , “Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning.”. There’s more truth to this quote than you might expect.

50 Field Day Games, Activites, and Ideas

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Who doesn’t look forward to field day at the end of the year? Field day means time to unwind and have fun as a class, and it can be a defining memory for many children long after they move on from your classroom. We’ve split this list of 50 fun field day games and activities in two.

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.

National Arab American Heritage Month 2021: Classroom Resources and Activities

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April is National Arab American Heritage Month (NAAHM)! Now is an excellent time to teach your students about the rich culture and contributions of Arab American people throughout history.

50 Fun Virtual Activities for Elementary School Students

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Teachers, we know how hard it can be to plan remote activities that are engaging and educational. Luckily, there are plenty of Internet resources available at your fingertips—with options for both synchronous and asynchronous learning-based classrooms.

How a Two-Generation Approach Can Build Success for Students and Families

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One of the most important factors in a child’s school success, even more so than economic or social status, is parental or family empowerment. How involved caregivers are with a child’s education is the major factor in academic achievement.

Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in Your Classroom

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“Where are you from?”. Here.”. “OK, OK, but where are you from ?”. This short conversation is common, even in today’s world, and it reinforces that some Americans don’t consider Asian American or Pacific Islander (AAPI) children as completely American.

Asynchronous Learning: What It Is and How to Use Asynchronous Instruction with Students

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As remote learning continues (or begins again) in classrooms around the country, many teachers are left with a decision. Are real-time lessons best? Or would the flexibility of recorded lessons be right for your students?

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]

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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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.

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 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.

Culturally Responsive Teaching: Tips and Strategies for Educators

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Classrooms in the United States are more diverse—culturally and linguistically—than ever before.[15] 15] Yet schools are often structured to exclude students from marginalized communities.

5 Literacy Heroes Who Made a Difference in Educational History

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March is National Read Aloud Month and National Reading Month in the US. What better time is there to celebrate the importance of reading? We take it for granted, but language wasn’t always written, and widespread literacy wasn’t always the case.

How to Introduce Historical Thinking Skills to Your Students, and Why You Should

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History is much more than a few wars and things some dead guys did a few hundred years ago. It’s all too easy to fall into that trap, especially for children. But when you focus on historical thinking skills, history comes alive for your students.

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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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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.

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.

9 Tips for Planning Difficult Conversations in the Classroom

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As an educator, it’s both normal and important to guide your students through challenging discussions in class. Your students are affected by social, political, and other topics both in and outside of school.

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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Celebrating Black History Month in the Classroom

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February is National Black History Month in America. It’s a month devoted to learning about the struggles for freedom and equality Black Americans have faced to this day.

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.

How to Hold Effective Classroom Discussions

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Classroom discussions can be one of the best ways to boost student engagement. As students discuss their perspectives with each other, they’ll not only solidify their understanding of a topic—they may learn to see it in a new light, too.

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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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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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.

Creating a Classroom Routine for Online or Hybrid Learning Students

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One of the most effective ways to supercharge your students’ ability to learn, connect, and grow, all while managing your own workload, is to establish a routine in your classroom. But many classrooms look different this year.

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.

Celebrating Culturally Diverse Winter Holidays in the Classroom

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For many students, December’s an especially memorable time of year, with winter activities, pageants, and classroom parties during the days before break. In much of America, it can be easy to focus only on the Christmas holidays.

Conflict Resolution Techniques You Can Use in Your Classroom

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Conflict: It’s great for drama, and an inescapable part of human progress, but it can make for fraught situations in the classroom. Conflict can happen even in the most supportive, positive, and open classrooms, disrupting your students’ ability to learn.