The Chalk Blog

Marcee Harris

Marcee Harris is the Evaluation and Curriculum Specialist with Learners Edge. She is a veteran elementary teacher with a passion for engaging teachers in equity conversations and working to transform education through technology. On any given evening you can find Marcee having a dance party in her kitchen with her husband and three kids.

Recent Posts

5 Resources to Honor Indigenous Peoples Day in Your Classroom

One year ago, the United States took an important step in honoring a more complete and accurate history of our country with the recognition of Indigenous Peoples Day. Instead of focusing on Columbus’s “discovery,” this federal holiday (on the 2nd Monday in October) centers the history of Indigenous peoples that have inhabited the Western Hemisphere for tens of thousands of years. In creating this day we acknowledge the genocide, erasure, assimilation, and resilience of the Native people spanning generations. 

Read More

Topics: Holidays, Culture and Language, Equity

25 Free Downloadable Activities for Back to School

As the back-to-school season gets underway, teachers are always looking for new ideas to help liven up those first days back in the classroom. Sure, the same old lessons and activities will do, but why not add some fun get-to-know-you activities and engaging community building lessons to your toolbox? Below we’ve rounded up some of our favorite FREE downloadable activities, perfectly suited for those first 20 days (and beyond). And as a bonus, there’s very little prep needed. Just grab the template and go!

Read More

Topics: Teaching with Technology, Technology, Student Engagement, Digital Resources, teacher resources, Games & Downloadables

5 Get-To-Know-You Activities For Building Community and Connection This Fall

For the many passionate teachers returning to the classroom this Fall, a renewed focus on community, connection, and belonging will be essential in building an environment conducive to learning. This strong foundation will act as an on-ramp to more challenging academics later in the year. 

Read More

Topics: Technology, Student Engagement, Back-to-School, Digital Resources

4 Ways To Level Up Your Technology Integration Next Year

The Learners Edge team is back from the International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE) conference in The Big Easy with so many great insights to share! The annual gathering of tech-minded educators and companies offering tech-related products was inspirational and action-packed! Take a glimpse into our ISTE adventures by checking out our Instagram highlights

Read More

Topics: Teaching with Technology, Technology, Courses, Digital Resources

A New Course to Empower Confident Math Thinkers

What does it really mean for students to be fluent in math? Hint: It’s not just about basic facts! In our new course 5222: Math Fluency Beyond the Facts, you’ll challenge the traditional narrative of fluency. Rather than memorization, regurgitation, and speed, fluency is rooted in conceptual understanding, involving flexible thinking, reasoning, and creativity. 

Read More

Topics: Instructional Strategies, STEAM/STEM, Courses

New Course on the Science of Reading

The excitement and intrigue around the science of reading has many educators looking for clear and concise guidelines on just what to teach and how. Our new course 5227: Shifting Your Focus to the Science of Reading helps to sort through the research, providing a pathway toward more robust instructional practices. With 6 manageable, yet powerful shifts outlined in the course text, “Shifting the Balance,” by Jan Burkins and Kari Yates, you’ll strengthen your early reading instruction so more students can unlock the code that enables them to read with greater confidence and less struggle. 

Read More

Topics: Literacy, Courses, reading

Teaching about Juneteenth? Here are 5 Great Resources!

As our country’s second independence day, Juneteenth marks the day in 1865 when Union troops arrived in Galveston Bay, Texas to announce that nearly 300,000 enslaved black people were free. This day in history became known as “Juneteenth” and is now recognized as a federal holiday. What do you know about this holiday, and better yet, what knowledge do your students have on this topic? Below we share 5 of our best resources perfect for expanding your understanding and building a strong foundation for your students.

Read More

Topics: Holidays, Black History Month, Culture and Language, Culturally Responsive Teaching, Digital Resources

5 Brand New Google Updates You Need to Know About

Your favorite Google tool just got a little better! 

Read More

Topics: Teaching with Technology, Technology, Digital Resources

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!

Read More

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

5 Choice Board Templates To Save You Time

Decades of research on the science of learning tells us that if you want an engaged community of learners, build in choice! Your students will be more motivated to learn and actually perform better. An added benefit for teachers– you’ll get much more interesting work to grade!

Read More

Topics: Instructional Strategies, Digital Resources, teacher resources, project-based learning, Lesson Plan

LE_GreenLogoAt Learners Edge, driving down education costs and driving up accessibility is at the core of what we do. We are on a mission to help educators boost their teaching practices and maximize their salaries through graduate-level courses. It’s a win/win for educators and their students. We are top-rated by tens of thousands of teachers for the quality of our asynchronous, self-paced, online courses. New courses are introduced every two months, so teachers always have something current to learn.

Recommended Posts

Content not found
Self-Care eBook LE Blog Ad

Subscribe to Blog Updates

Recent Posts

Posts by Topic

see all