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