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Susanne Leslie

Susanne Leslie, is the Lead Curriculum & Staff Specialist with Learners Edge. Prior to joining the Edge, Susanne worked as a parent educator in Minnesota's Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) program and worked with parents of 0-5 year olds. Susanne is the proud parent of two daughters.

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10 Tips & Songs to Lift Your Spirits

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Topics: educator wellness, Holidays, Teacher Burnout

11 Resources to Teach About the Election

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Topics: Parents, Distance Learning, Digital Resources

Family and Caregiver Resources

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Topics: Parents, Distance Learning, Digital Resources

Seesaw Tips & Tricks

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Topics: Teaching with Technology, Technology, Distance Learning

2 Apps to Help Teachers Connect Online: Empatico & Remind

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Topics: Video, Back-to-School, Distance Learning

Parenting Styles & Personalities

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Topics: educator wellness, Parents

Teaching and Learning with Podcasts: Our 4 Favorites

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Topics: Teaching with Technology, Technology, 21st Century Learning

The 5 E's of Online Lesson Design

Educators have had to quickly modify their instruction for an online distance learning environment. One framework of online lesson design is Catlin Tucker’s 5 E’s Instructional Model, detailed in the chart, below.  

As you can see, the chart clearly illustrates what each of the 5 E’s mean and each section includes answers to the questions:   

  • What does it look like?  
  • What tools can I use? 
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Topics: Distance Learning, Digital Resources

10 Online Tools for Playing, Learning, and Teaching

Play is our brain’s favorite way of learning.

                                               -Diane Ackerman

Play is a powerful teacher! As we shift from what we have come to understand as traditional school to distance learning, we hope teachers, parents, and students can take comfort in knowing that play is the work of childhood. Play is how children learn.

The research proves there are many different types of play:

  • Unoccupied play
  • Independent play
  • Onlooker play
  • Parallel play
  • Associative play
  • Cooperative play
  • Social play
  • Object play
  • Pretend play
  • Physical play, and...
  • Media play

Media play is the focus of this list of 10 Online Tools for Playing, Teaching, and Learning. We hope you will find it helpful and informative!


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Topics: Student Engagement, Distance Learning

10 Simple and Healthy Ways to Manage Stress and Anxiety

When it comes to caring for children right now, there is some good news and some not so good news. A University of Michigan study found that parents are spending more time engaging with their children, but parents are also running low on patience as the COVID-19 epidemic continues to spread throughout the United States. Whether we acknowledge it or not, we are under stress and we all manage stress differently.

Below are 10 simple, healthy ways to manage stress during these uncertain times.

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Topics: educator wellness, anxiety, Self-Care

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