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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

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

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!

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

Shaking Up Special Education: Top 3 Strategies for Special Education Teachers

There is never a shortage of researched-based strategies to teach diverse learners.  There is, however, a shortage of time and the need to be strategic with instructional practices that provide a powerful boost for learners with exceptionalities.  As special education teachers, we are always looking for high-leverage instructional practices that can be used for multiple grade levels and across all content areas. Here are 3 practices to help us shake up our instruction for our students.   

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Topics: Instructional Strategies, Courses, Digital Resources, teacher resources, Lesson Plan

7 Ways to Incorporate March Madness Into Your Classroom

Originally Posted by Learners Edge on March 18, 2016, and Revised on February 18, 2022.

If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em! March Madness is almost underway but rather than fight your students’ interest in the NCAA basketball tournament, make the most of it! We’ve collected our favorite top seven ways to integrate basketball and the tournament into your lesson plans. Click on the title heading for additional details on engaging students with exciting basketball-themed activities.

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Topics: Instructional Strategies, Student Engagement, Digital Resources

Get Your Math Classroom Thinking With This New Course

I hear that a lot of my educator friends are teaching classes they never thought they’d teach right now. Tough times call for tough decisions and having a teacher in the room may be the option when it’s not an option to have a teacher who is certified in the subject area that needs to be taught.

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Topics: Instructional Strategies, Content Areas, Courses

Four “GEMS” (Ways) to Start Your Classroom Lessons, with Resources and Courses

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Topics: Instructional Strategies, Courses, Student Engagement, Digital Resources, teacher resources

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