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Rethinking Homework for Remote Learning
March 10, 2021 Blog post Rethinking Homework for Remote Learning main image

Even before the pandemic, reducing or even eliminating homework has been a subject up for debate in both teachers and parents. Now that many classrooms have pivoted to online learning, it has again become a controversial subject. Understandably, homework poses unique challenges in the online learning environment, when there isn’t very much to separate home versus classwork. Read this article to discover how rethinking homework might be necessary and explore 5 strategies for creating successful assignments geared toward online learning environment.

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Winning Remote Learning Strategies for Teaching Kids with ADHD
March 2, 2021 Blog post Winning Remote Learning Strategies for Teaching Kids with ADHD main image

Most of us already know that students with attention-deficit/hyperactive disorder (ADHD) make up an increasing population in today’s classroom. Many of these special kiddos require hands-on approaches and accommodations that rely on being in a physical classroom. So, what can teachers do to support these kids when many classes are taking place online? Read this article! 

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Using Gamified Quizzes to Improve Student Learning
Feb. 15, 2021 Blog post Using Gamified Quizzes to Improve Student Learning main image

Teaching and learning has changed quite a bit over the years, with the addition of gamified learning now taking center stage in classrooms across the country. The concept of gamified quizzes helps to inspire increased academic engagement and motivation to improve learning outcomes because it turns boring in-class activities into exciting games. Read this article to learn more about enhancing the effectiveness of your lessons and units by integrating gamified quizzes using interactive apps!

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7 Tips for Cultivating Critical Thinking for Kids Throughout the School Year
Jan. 24, 2021 Blog post 7 Tips for Cultivating Critical Thinking for Kids Throughout the School Year main image

When it comes to critical thinking for kids, it’s important to remember that analytical thinkers aren’t suddenly created in kindergarten! Many parents and perhaps teachers may worry how today’s increasingly tougher curriculum standards can be taught when our children are hardly ready to think critically on their own. But as the popular saying goes, it’s about the journey, not just the destination! Read this article to learn more about what critical thinking looks like at the elementary level, and what parents and educators can do to help children develop the mindset needed for deep analytical thinking! 

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Tips to Support Students with Special Needs During Distance Learning
Oct. 12, 2020 Blog post Tips to Support Students with Special Needs During Distance Learning main image

For parents and teachers of kids with special needs, distance learning presents an entirely new challenge: how to support the neediest of children when they are stuck at home learning through a screen! When cameras are off, and teachers and their aides are all on the same call together, it can seem impossible for these kids to get the accommodations they so desperately need. Fortunately, there are a few tips and tools we can offer for both families and educators. Keep reading to find strategies for supporting students with special needs during virtual classes.

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Digital Classroom Management for Both Teachers and Parents
Oct. 5, 2020 Blog post Digital Classroom Management for Both Teachers and Parents main image

Ask any teacher, and you’ll find that classroom management is one of the most difficult aspects of the profession, even under normal conditions! And as we know, 2020 has been anything but normal, especially when it comes to school. Read this article to find helpful strategies for both teachers and parents as we all navigate distance learning this school year.

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When the Cameras Are Off: 5 Ways to Keep Kids Engaged Through a Screen
Sept. 28, 2020 Blog post When the Cameras Are Off: 5 Ways to Keep Kids Engaged Through a Screen main image

As a teacher forced into virtual teaching thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic, nothing is more deflating than logging into an online class ready to see the student’s smiling faces, only to see a cold, dark screen. Even though many schools are requiring children to turn on their webcams, the reality is that is oftentimes simply not happening. For these students, it can be impossible to tell if they’re even behind the screen participating during the lesson! Fortunately, there are a few tricks of the trade to increase engagement and build positive relationships with students, even when the screens are off. Keep reading to find out why some screens are going blank, and what teachers can do to engage kids during virtual instruction.

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Managing Stress and Avoiding Teacher Burnout in the Age of Coronavirus: Part I
Sept. 14, 2020 Blog post Managing Stress and Avoiding Teacher Burnout in the Age of Coronavirus: Part I main image

Managing stress during the Covid-19 pandemic hasn’t been easy for anyone, but for teachers, it has been especially tough to keep up while completely revamping lesson plans to deliver instruction over the web. Now more than ever before, it’s important that educators remember to take time for themselves and to practice self-care as much as possible. This article offers teachers helpful strategies to avoid teacher burnout and to keep stress at a manageable level.

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Making the Case for Flexibility and Grace: The Importance of Flexibility This Fall
Aug. 31, 2020 Blog post Making the Case for Flexibility and Grace: The Importance of Flexibility This Fall main image

The 2020-2021 school year has just begun, and already it is proving to be one of the toughest that teachers and families have ever encountered. With children finding themselves in a mix of online and in-person learning, more instruction and assignments are moving online with digital formats dominating teaching methods this fall. So, as everyone adjusts, what can teachers do to support their students as they adapt to changing guidelines and new learning tools? The answer is none other than flexibility and grace. Keep reading to discover the importance of flexibility in the classroom, and to find a list of do’s and don’ts when it comes to teaching practices this school year.

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Classrooms as Online Monitoring Centers: Childcare and Schooling Ideas for Teachers
Aug. 25, 2020 Blog post Classrooms as Online Monitoring Centers: Childcare and Schooling Ideas for Teachers main image

For working parents, including teachers, the pandemic presents a whole host of problems that didn’t exist just six or seven months ago. One of the largest hurdles for teachers headed back to the classroom this fall is the prospect that their own children may be expected to learn at home virtually while they themselves have to report to campus. What can educators, or any other essential workers do? While the answers are less than perfect, there are some potential solutions. Keep reading to learn more about utilizing classrooms as online monitoring stations and find alternative ideas for childcare during the coronavirus.

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