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Increasing the Educational Value of Field Trips

Increasing the Educational Value of Field Trips

March 17, 2020 | Administrators Performance Planning Student Achievement Teachers

Listen ‘Tis the season for field trips! Often, teachers view this as sort of a holiday. We may divvy up students among vetted parent volunteers and spend the day with only one or two of our students, looking around and enjoying the scenery. This is nice for us, but there...

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Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD)

Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD)

March 11, 2020 | Administrators Curriculum Performance Stress Student Achievement Students Teachers

Listen What Is ODD? Oppositional Defiance Disorder is a behavioral disorder. According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms include persistent angry or irritable moods, extreme defiance for authority figures, frequent need to argue, and vindictiveness.  Students with ODD most often deal with other disorders simultaneously and in addition to ODD. Frequent...

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Providing Meaningful Professional Development

Providing Meaningful Professional Development

March 03, 2020 | Administrators Performance Student Achievement Teachers

Listen If we’re being honest, most of us have been subjected to hours of professional development that either didn’t apply to us, didn’t interest us, or were not the best use of our time. If we’re being honest, few among us have neglected to grade papers we’ve smuggled into a...

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Pro Tips for Integrating Social Studies into Other Subjects

Pro Tips for Integrating Social Studies into Other Subjects

February 26, 2020 | Curriculum Performance Students Teachers

Listen Social Studies is one of the most misunderstood and underappreciated subjects for many teachers, which is unfortunate because social studies is a goldmine for ELAR, LOTE, math, science, and fine arts integration. There are so many things that can be taught and expanded upon with information in social studies. ...

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Dysgraphia and Writing Disorders: Beginning with Dyslexia

Dysgraphia and Writing Disorders: Beginning with Dyslexia

February 18, 2020 | History Parents Performance Student Achievement Students Teachers

Listen The first cases of dyslexia were written about in the 1880s, around the time both Samuel Orton and Anna Gillingham were both born. In the 1920s, the two had started working toward what is now known as the Orton-Gillingham approach, which laid the foundation for educating students with dyslexia...

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Dealing with Difficult Parents -In the Elementary Setting

Dealing with Difficult Parents -In the Elementary Setting

February 14, 2020 | Parents Performance Students Teachers

Listen The relationships we build with families through the school are unique and sometimes filled with complications. We tend to feel very strongly about our students, and we wouldn’t be in the education profession if we didn’t want the best for each one of them. Yet, we often forget that...

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Great Games for Learning, Part 4:  Math Games for 3rd-5th Graders

Great Games for Learning, Part 4: Math Games for 3rd-5th Graders

February 07, 2020 | Parents Performance Students Teachers

Listen Math is one of the best areas to use board games as practice and review for learning skills. Math just lends itself so nicely to gameplay. We’ve searched for some of our favorite board, dice, and card games that can be used for building math skills and placed them...

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Helping Underachieving Students: In Middle and High School

Helping Underachieving Students: In Middle and High School

February 05, 2020 | Administrators Curriculum Performance Teachers

Listen It can be so frustrating to have a student in class who you know can be doingmuch better than they actually are. It may be that the student started the yearstrong and something happened to them personally that made them start to slackoff. For some it could be caused...

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Teachers as Facilitators

Teachers as Facilitators

January 29, 2020 | Curriculum Early Childhood Higher learning Performance Teachers

Listen Recently in a conversation with colleagues, one of our writers overheard a seasoned educator say, “Children can’t learn on their own. It’s obvious! Otherwise, there would be no need for teachers.”  And there was a time - fairly recently, even - when that was true. However, now any child...

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12(ish) Great Games for Math Learning in Grades K-2

12(ish) Great Games for Math Learning in Grades K-2

January 28, 2020 | Curriculum Early Childhood Higher learning Performance Student Achievement Students Teachers

Listen We love using games to reinforce learning skills! We went through our cabinets and lockers and pulled out some of our favorites for games that help kindergartners, first graders, and second graders with numeracy, addition, subtraction, and even money.  So without further ado, here are a few of our...

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Great Games for Learning, Part 1:  High School ELAR & LOTE

Great Games for Learning, Part 1: High School ELAR & LOTE

January 23, 2020 | Curriculum Early Childhood Performance Student Achievement Students Teachers

Listen Having fun is psychologically and neurologically beneficial to learning. When students and teachers play, the brain produces a concoction of “happy chemicals”, namely dopamine and endorphins. Oxygen levels even increase. When there is an opportunity for collaborative risk and reward, learning is far more likely. The novelty created by...

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How Do We Keep Good Teachers?

How Do We Keep Good Teachers?

January 16, 2020 | Mental Health Performance Teachers

Listen   Teaching is a hard job, and we all know that it doesn’t pay in proportion to the amount of work that it requires. Sometimes the reality of what teaching really is compared to the image put forth in teacher education programs and movies is too much for teachers,...

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