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A Closer Look at Discipline in the Classroom (8 Behavior Management Strategies for Teachers)

As the saying goes, “The pendulum swings,” or more accurately in this case, the paddle. When it comes to classroom management, we are experiencing a full-circle evolution. Educators know why strategies like restorative justice, mindfulness, and social-emotional learning work; because they are respectful and leave students’ dignity intact. But, in Missouri, something different is happening.  

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Topics: Classroom Management, teacher resources

DIY Costume Ideas for Teachers—On the Cheap!

The school year has begun, and the calendar pushes on towards Halloween. And while many public schools don’t participate in the ghoul and goblin-laden holiday, teachers rarely need a reason to get dressed up and be part of the fun!

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Topics: Holidays, teacher resources, Just For Fun

10 Tips for Teachers Communicating with Difficult Parents

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Topics: Teaching Advice, Parents, Back-to-School, teacher resources

5 Tips for Preventing Cyberbullying in Your Classroom

Bullying has evolved and continues to be a challenge in all schools: Read More

Topics: Classroom Management, Instructional Strategies, Social Emotional Learning, Digital Resources, Social Media, teacher resources

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

10 Must-See Teacher Videos to Make You Smile

Sometimes, the world gets a bit heavy, even while you are (hopefully) enjoying a well-deserved break. We’ve selected 10 videos — inspiration, teacher humor (If you know, you know/iykyk), and some hard truths — to make you laugh, smile, and think. Enjoy! 😊  

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Topics: Video, teacher resources, Just For Fun

A Teacher's Guide to Summertime Side Hustles

Today we’re addressing what is affectionally called the side hustle: ways educators can earn additional income beyond their teaching duties.   

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Topics: Summer Vacation, teacher resources

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

Anxiety Awareness: A Mental Health Q&A with Education Professionals

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Topics: educator wellness, anxiety, Courses, Mental Health Awareness, Digital Resources, teacher 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!

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

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