Tips for Teachers and Classroom Resources

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In my experience, students come to us with two kinds of backpacks: the one that holds their school supplies and the one that holds all their experiences prior to setting foot in our classrooms. My heart broke several times during my first-year teaching as I discovered how much the negative parts of our society had… Read More

Online STEM and STEAM Projects for Teachers & Students

By The Editorial Team September 22, 2020

With many schools closed to protect students and teachers from the coronavirus, many students don’t have access to hands-on science, technology, and arts experiences typical of in-person classroom settings. Teaching online does not have to end experiments and participatory innovation. Here are ten projects that STEM and STEAM teachers can instruct online to teach important… Read More

Back to School Planners, Tools, Lists – Oh My!

By Brisa Ayub September 17, 2020

It might be safe to say that now the rest of the world knows what many teachers have known for a long time – teachers have one of the hardest and time consuming jobs out there. Teaching requires planning, and a lot of it. With time outside of the classroom now blurred more than ever,… Read More

How to Clean and Sanitize a Computer Keyboard

By The Editorial Team September 14, 2020

Did you know that keyboards are one of the dirtiest accessories in your environment? According to a quick experiment conducted in 2008, it’s dirtier than the average toilet seat! And if you think toilet seats are gross, you wouldn’t want to know how many germs your keyboard holds. (Clue: it’s more than 7,000 microorganisms) So,… Read More

What does your classroom say about you?

By Brisa Ayub September 10, 2020

Our personalities can come out in many ways, and we tend to broadcast those personalities pretty loudly though the way in which we set up our spaces. From the colors we choose to the layout of the room, a classroom setup can be just as revealing about someone’s personality as the way in which they… Read More

Designing Your Virtual Classroom For Distance Learning

By Kelly Mendoza September 9, 2020

Most teachers look forward to the ritual of setting up their classroom for back to school. Stapling up construction paper on bulletin boards, hanging up posters, organizing books and bins of supplies, and getting things ready for students is something of a ritual. But this year, many classrooms sadly sit empty, and many teachers are… Read More

Defining Your Class Culture During Distance Learning

By Kelly Mendoza September 3, 2020

Fill in the blank: The culture of my class is _____________________________.  What came to mind? Was it easy to define, or did you struggle to describe it? The beginning of the new year is all about starting fresh and setting norms, guidelines, and defining your classroom culture with students. But what does that look like… Read More

If there’s ever been a time when school-to-home communication needs to be strong, it’s now. With many schools moving to distance learning, parents are the key in supporting students with successful at-home learning. And we know that strong parent engagement drives improved student outcomes and performance (WestEd, Parent Involvement Project). But nowadays, family engagement looks… Read More

Tech Try It! 5 Need-to-Know Tools

By Kelly Mendoza August 26, 2020

What are your “go-to” tech tools that you can’t live without? The ones that make teaching more efficient, effective, and engaging for students? Check out this list of five need-to-know tech tools. These tools can be used in face-to-face or distance learning, spanning most grade levels 3-12. All of the tools have fairly robust free… Read More

Tech Try It! With Zoom

By The Editorial Team August 19, 2020

Are you a Zoombie? This fall, many classrooms are going 100% distance learning. Rather than preparing classroom space and walls to welcome students, teachers have been preparing their distance learning plans. Zoom has been adopted by many schools for distance learning. It’s because it’s easy to use, reliable, can be used on laptops, tablets, or… Read More

Education is an essential component of childhood development. Being a teacher, you’re an integral part of a child’s growth. If you are teaching a dyslexic child, you are even more crucial. It can be challenging, but it’s also a fantastic opportunity—for you and the student. The learning process for a dyslexic child is different. Their… Read More

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Book Club Recommendations

By The Editorial Team August 7, 2020

From as early as the 1600s, book clubs have been a way for people to connect, reflect, and grow together. Book clubs have spanned mail-order businesses, bookstores, libraries, TV shows (thank you, Oprah!), and online forums. It is estimated that there are more than 5 million book club members in the United States alone.  As… Read More

As the summer draws to a close, schools are having to make difficult decisions about how they will operate to safely prevent transmission of COVID-19. In most cases, the strategy includes the introduction of remote classrooms. Online learning is not a new approach. Over the last several years, a robust and varied eLearning infrastructure has… Read More

What Equity Really Means in Schools

By Jennifer Gunn July 22, 2020

Equity and equality are two different concepts that are often used interchangeably. Many people think that equity in education means everyone getting the same thing, but it actually means that everyone gets access to what they need. So how can we work to truly narrow the gaps and improve student learning? Let’s take a closer… Read More

From comprehending their lessons to answering questions you’ll ask, good communication skills are integral for any student’s success in the classroom. However, building these skills isn’t always a straightforward affair, as some students struggle with communication disorders. What are Communication Disorders? A student with communication disorders will find it difficult to interact at school, as… Read More