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8 Brands You Didn’t Know Could Help Your School Fundraise

By Christine Dickson Google any company or brand along with the words “corporate social responsibility,” and more often than not you’ll find descriptions of how the company is giving back to their community. Education is one of the most popular categories for brands to contribute to, either monetarily or through volunteerism. Whether it’s sponsoring nonprofits, donating products to charities, or partnering with organizations to create their own philanthropic foundations, companies use a variety of tactics […]

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10 Unexpected Games that Help Kids Learn Through Play

“Play allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity, and physical, cognitive, and emotional strength. Play allows children to create and explore a world they can master, conquering fear while practicing adult roles, sometimes in conjunction with other children.” – The American Academy of Pediatrics, 2007 Contributed by Christine Dickson There’s a certain amount of fear when it comes to letting children play, and most often that fear is rooted to the […]

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Easy Ways for Students & Teachers to Practice Mindfulness Every Day of the Week

By Christine Dickson Reading, writing, math, science — all topics that are heavily covered in school and considered an important part of a student’s future success. But what if stress causes a student to shut down? What if anxiety prevents a bright student from showing their full potential? Just as students learn how to read and write, students should also be learning how to recognize and handle their emotions. Emotional strength is integral to helping students […]

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5 Ideas for Making Fitness Part of Your School-Year Routine

Contributed by Meghan Sullivan Days at the beach, walks to the park, trips to the local zoo or museum – when it comes to summer, there are a number of ways to get our students out and about and to integrate a bit of physical activity into family fun. But when the summer sun starts to wane and the routine of a new school year sets in, kids’ activity levels start to decrease. Statistics from […]

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Make Your Class the Next Big Blockbuster by Teaching with Film & Visual Media

Contributed by Thomas Boyer & Christine Wang Dickson Students always rejoice when it’s “movie day” in the classroom. However, deciding to pop a movie in as a means to reward students after an exam or distract them in the remaining days before break actually devalues film as an educational tool. Marrying visual media and educational text is a resource teachers should be taking advantage of by exploring the potential connections between the two mediums, and […]

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How to Make Mental Wellness a Priority for Students: National Mental Health Month

Contributed by Aleksandra Grabowski The time is now to address mental health in schools. The statistics of the past decade have indicated that there’s a veritable crisis for students at every grade level. A report from the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that as many as 1 in 5 children in the nation suffer from a mental disorder. With school being a major stressor in many students’ lives, it only makes sense […]

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If We Have to Prep for Tests, Let’s Make it Fun and Meaningful

Contributed by Meghan Sullivan Questioning is a form of teaching as ancient as Socrates. When it comes to the implications and complexities of the topics people encounter, learning is fostered by the critical thinking that questions promote. The Socratic method was, and still is, instrumental in developing a framework for understanding important concepts. A more formal presentation of this questioning mechanism has solidified itself in American education system. With spelling pre-tests on Monday, question-based homework […]

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How To Teach Black History Beyond February

Contributed by Maya Corrin As we begin the month of March, many people are ready to forget the cold, dark days of February. However, one integral part of February should not be forgotten — black history. While February formally commemorates this essential history, black history should be, and easily can be, acknowledged and incorporated into school curriculum all year round. The History of Black History Month Carter G. Woodson, a black public school teacher, began […]

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What the Annual Grammy Awards Can Teach Us About Music Education

Contributed by Maya Corrin The 60th Annual Grammy Awards will air Sunday night on CBS — an evening of glamor, celebrity, and celebration. Walking the red carpet will be some of the biggest stars in music and, likely, many of the musical talents that your students look up to. However, in the midst of all of these high-paid celebrities could be a lesser known role model — your child’s music teacher. The Recording Academy and […]

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7 Ways to Keep Every Kind of Student Engaged Over Winter Break

Teachers and students alike reach winter break with a sense of relief. Finally, a break from homework, critical thinking and long days! However, for teachers that relief is eventually replaced by nervousness. Without the every day routines and academic assignments that school provides, students start to gradually lose the knowledge they’ve been working so hard to gain through the first half of the year. For example, studies have proven that students’ reading skills regress, some […]

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