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8 New Courses Just in Time for Summer!

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Topics: Instructional Strategies, Literacy, Courses, Mental Health Awareness, Self-Care, reading, science

Beyond Extra Recess—Educational Activities for "Al Fresco" Learning

As the school year draws to a close and the weather warms up, special assemblies, performances for families, and other fun activities lead to changes in classroom schedules and routines. When you return to a stuffy classroom after an exciting event, it can be difficult to engage students in a sit-down lesson. Kids look longingly towards the playground, but you still have important content to teach before they move on to the next grade. That’s when outdoor learning activities can save the day! Read on for 10 easy ways to bring the learning outside for any grade level or content area.

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Topics: Instructional Strategies, Student Engagement, teacher resources, Games & Downloadables

Anxiety Awareness: A Mental Health Q&A with Education Professionals

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Topics: educator wellness, anxiety, Courses, Mental Health Awareness, Digital Resources, teacher resources

Top Picks to Keep Littles, Middles, and the Rest, Reading this Summer

Whether a preschool “little,” an elementary, middle, or high school student, summer is the time for relaxing, recharging, and reading. We know the sunny days of summer are filled with activities, so we have organized books into grade levels in these three categories: 

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Reflecting on Mother's Day

Originally published on May 10, 2017 and updated on May 8, 2022.

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Topics: Holidays

Cinco de Mayo: Changing the Narrative

Cinco de Mayo is an opportunity to celebrate Hispanic or Mexican heritage with your students. But Cinco de Mayo’s significance is often misunderstood and misrepresented, despite the importance of honoring the day with historical accuracy, an understanding of cultural appropriation, and rich stories of Hispanic and Mexican culture.   

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Topics: Holidays, Digital Resources

Lessons About Teacher Appreciation from Abbott Elementary

The hit new network TV show Abbott Elementary almost feels like a love note to educators. The mockumentary-style comedy, set in an underfunded fictional school in West Philadelphia, follows a group of dedicated teachers and a hilarious, self-absorbed principal. Creator, writer, and star Quinta Brunson’s mother was a teacher in Philadelphia, and teachers are on the show’s writing staff. This authentic perspective shines through in each episode, evoking the challenges and joys of the profession in a way that many teachers will find relatable. 

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Topics: Teaching Wellness & Inspiration, Teacher Appreciation

Time Filler Activities for the End-of-the-Year

As the school year winds to a close, students and teachers look forward to the end-of-year assemblies, field trips, field days, and class parties. We begin to relax as core learning wraps up and classrooms are cleaned, organized, and prepared for a dormant summer. But what do you do if the summer break countdown hasn’t hit zero yet? It can be a challenge to fill the widening gaps in class time that remain during those last days of school. To avoid the stress of planning and ensure you enjoy those last moments, we’ve gathered some of our favorite end-of-the-year activities (complete with video examples and templates), so you can focus your energy where it’s needed most—on community and closure!

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Topics: Instructional Strategies, Summer Vacation, Digital Resources, teacher resources

Learning Disabilities: Definitions and More

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Topics: Special Populations, Courses, reading

"Super Subs" — Substitute Teachers to the Rescue!

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Topics: Substitute Teachers, Courses, Partnerships

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