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Easy Mindfulness Activities to Implement in the Classroom

With a New Year comes resolutions and fresh starts. You might be starting 2023 by implementing new routines and fresh starts in your classroom. If you aren't already incorporating mindfulness practices, we encourage you to give them a try!

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Topics: Teaching Wellness & Inspiration, educator wellness, mindfulness, Student Engagement

Helping Students Change the World Through Civic Engagement

The imperfect experiment of democracy has a common theme throughout its systems and levels of government:  

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Topics: Instructional Strategies, Courses, Student Engagement

Creating a Gratitude Habit With Your Students [+ Free Downloadable Calendar]

If you’ve led a gratitude exercise with your students before, you know that the typical gratitude list consists of family, friends and maybe a favorite possession. While these responses can be developmentally appropriate, it’s beneficial to stretch students’ thinking about all of the wonderful things they are grateful for. Brain research tells us that the practice of gratitude releases “feel good” chemicals in the brain that reduce stress and build empathy. Scientists have even suggested that the practice of gratitude changes the brain, making us feel happier and more content. 

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Topics: Teaching Wellness & Inspiration, mindfulness, Student Engagement, Digital Resources, Games & Downloadables, Just For Fun

Unlock Scaffolding Success with Five Keys

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Topics: Instructional Strategies, Courses, Student Engagement

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!

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

"Fall Forward" With 4 Blended Learning Courses

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Topics: Teaching Wellness & Inspiration, educator wellness, Courses, Blended Learning, Student Engagement

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. 

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

Your Guide to an LGBT+ Inclusive Classroom

 
But PRIDE is about more
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Topics: diversity, Student Engagement, Teaching with Equity

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

Promoting Social Good with Ed Tech (New Course 5207!)

What makes you happy? 

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Topics: Teaching with Technology, Technology, Social Emotional Learning, Courses, Student Engagement, Distance Learning, Digital Resources

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