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5 Tips for Preventing Cyberbullying in Your Classroom

This blog was originally published on October 20th, 2016. It has been updated with new information and links.
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Topics: Classroom Management, Instructional Strategies, Social Emotional Learning, Digital Resources, Social Media, teacher resources

10 Reasons You Should Use Sentence Frames in Your Classroom

Originally published on May 28, 2019 by Keely Keller, updated on September 9, 2022.

A sentence frame is a teacher-created scaffold using a fill-in-the-blank format designed to help students ask or answer questions verbally or in writing. They are very effective for all students but especially for those who may require a bit more support. Take a look at our TOP TEN reasons you should be using these in your classroom. 

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Topics: Instructional Strategies, Literacy

Best Practices in Teaching Expository Writing

5 paragraphs, 1 thesis statement. 

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Topics: Instructional Strategies, Courses

Unlock Scaffolding Success with Five Keys

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Topics: Instructional Strategies, Courses, Student Engagement

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. 

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Topics: Instructional Strategies, STEAM/STEM, Courses

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

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

Celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd!

Spring is in the air, and Earth Day is April 22nd! For 2022, we invite you to celebrate by using our Educator Earth Day BINGO board, and/or our Student Earth Day BINGO board. Every day is Earth Day, and we think these BINGO boards will bring fun to the classroom and remind students and educators of the actions we all can take to celebrate the beauty that is our earth!

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Topics: Instructional Strategies, Holidays, Courses, Spring Break, teacher resources

Celebrate National Poetry Month in April

April is National Poetry Month, so I wrote you a limerick!  Reactions to poetry are varied. Some people find great joy in the creation and sharing of poems. Others don’t embrace it as fully. Poetry can take on a variety of styles and voice; you don’t have to stick with Emily Dickinson or Walt Whitman to get excited about poetry- there’s a poem for everyone! 

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Topics: Instructional Strategies, Literacy, Digital Resources, reading

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