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If you are looking for decorating ideas for your classroom this Fall, you have come to the right place! Decorating each season can be tons of fun with these easy ideas. Check out these 15 Fall decor ideas for your… Continue Reading…

Book Lists

Congratulations on your new teaching position! As educators, we commit to a life-time of learning. You will learn more in your first five years of teaching than you can possibly imagine. To help get you started, we put together a list of books for you. Check out our list of the 5 best books every new elementary teacher should read.

Classroom

The Amazon Echo and Echo Dot are voice-controlled devices that use Amazon’s Alexa. In some ways, it is like Siri, but has the ability to connect to other features and apps. The only difference between the Echo and Echo Dot is that the former has better sound quality and is more expensive than the latter. You can set up various “skills” through the Alexa app. This, plus the fact that such devices are relatively inexpensive, makes these smart speakers ideal for use in the classroom. Do you want to know how to use Echo, Echo Dot, and Alexa in the classroom? Read on to find out.

Social-Emotional Learning

One of the toughest things for many of us has been navigating all of the roles we play and every system we’re a part of while facing unprecedented change. That kind of shift is not easy and we’ve never all been asked to do it at the same time before. This is a first. It’s okay to feel a range of emotions. For me, I feel them all at different times every day – sometimes hourly! So, for today, I simply want to share a few simple strategies I’ve practiced. I am hopeful that there will be a takeaway or two for you that can be utilized in your homes, for your students, or in your virtual classrooms.

Social-Emotional Learning

If you are an educator, then you will want to add these 5 brainy SEL books to your school’s book club list pronto! Read on to find out how these books on social-emotional learning can help you as an educator.

Social-Emotional Learning

As I’ve pondered these points and worked with others creating plans for their schools, I have seen a lot of resources focused on trying to get back on track. Then today, I watched Becoming on Netflix and heard Michelle Obama speak about her transition to the White House. She was asked how she got her life back on track during or after the transition and she replied, “It’s not getting back on track, but it’s creating my next track.” Of course! For years, we have been talking about the paradigm shift from traditional to trauma informed or healing centered engagement. We have been training for this and studying it and it is time to go full force in creating that track. But, how? Here are 6 tips for a healing re-entry plan for schools.

Teachers

Even if you are an educator yourself, choosing the perfect gift for your child’s teacher can be HARD! You want the gift to show your appreciation for all of his/her hard work. Adding a personal twist makes it even better. Finding something that they don’t already have and finding a gift that teachers actually want is the icing on the cake. But, how do you do that? Let’s face it, choosing the perfect teacher gift can be HARD and often ends up with teachers getting yet another coffee mug! Check out this guide to make your teacher gift giving easier and find gifts that teachers actually want.

Book Lists

Teaching is not easy. You need a lot of know-how, dedication, and patience to get the results that you want. Sometimes, you may feel that what you have learned in college isn’t enough to bring out the best in your students. Thankfully, there are resources that can help you increase student engagement, reduce negative behaviors, and improve student outcomes. Introducing our list of the 10 best books for teachers 2020.

Behavior

The school year is up and running, and you’re probably preparing for the first set of assessments for your class. By now, you’ve likely determined which students need extra…extra help on assignments, extra attention from you, extra activities to keep them challenged and, of course, EXTRA help with behavioral issues! And, then there’s the elusive kid who needs EXTRA of all of the above! So the question is, are you proactive or reactive with your classroom management?

Behavior

Not everyone can be an excellent educator. It takes a special kind of person to genuinely love a child like they are your own, because that is truly what it takes.