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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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11 Books for Educators to Refresh Their To-Read List

By Christine Dickson For book lovers, it’s the best month of the year. October is National Book Month, a celebration of books and the incredible knowledge that they contain. For educators, this should be a big deal in your schools and classrooms. Celebrating books is just one way to get students on the road to becoming lifelong readers. But while you’re celebrating National Book Month with your students and encouraging them to read, let’s not […]

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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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Chronic Absenteeism: Modern Solutions to Bring Students Back to School

Contributed by Colin Egerter School may be out for the summer, but this summer vacation ends early for educators who have to prep for the new school year. Soon enough, teachers will begin to prepare for the school year by modifying lesson plans, and creating an welcoming environment for all students to learn and grow. This planning is important, but it doesn’t help those students who miss so much school that they don’t reap the […]

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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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Mathematics Awareness Month: Show Students the Fun & Sassy Side of Math

Contributed by Grace Xie Mathematics Awareness Month was initially established by President Ronald Reagan, who started it as just a week back in 1986. “The application of mathematics is indispensable in such diverse fields as medicine, computer sciences, space exploration, the skilled trades, business, defense, and government,” he said. “To help encourage the study and utilization of mathematics, it is appropriate that all Americans be reminded of the importance of this basic branch of science […]

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