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Financial Fitness for Teachers (A Peek at Course 5228!)

We all know April Showers Bring May Flowers, but did you know April is also Financial Literacy Month? The spring rain of April prepares the ground for magnificent flowers in May, and we hope our first-ever financial fitness course will help you fertilize your finances in a way that supports a life filled with financial freedom and wellness. The course is available for registration beginning on May 16th

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Topics: Teaching Advice, teacher resources

The Connection Between Teaching and Gardening

Originally published on December 12, 2021 and updated on April 12, 2022.

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Topics: Teaching Advice, Teacher Appreciation, Spring Break

Trauma Informed Teaching for Early Childhood

Originally posted on February 19, 2018 and revised on March 11, 2022.

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Topics: Teaching Advice, Early Childhood, Social Emotional Learning

Tackling Tough Topics in Your Classroom

Originally Posted on September 11, 2018 and revised by Marcee Harris on March 1, 2022.

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Topics: Teaching Advice, Social Emotional Learning, teacher resources

Fresh Ideas for Indoor Recess

Indoor recess again?! This is the phrase every teacher dreads hearing after an exhausting morning of lessons. You know your students need an outlet for their energy and a break from the cognitive demands of the classroom, but the extreme weather has made outdoor time impossible. What do you do? If puzzles and board games just aren’t cutting it anymore, check out a few of our fresh ideas below! These 10 indoor recess activities will help beat boredom (and save your sanity!): 

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Topics: Teaching Advice, Instructional Strategies, Student Engagement

Engaging Families and Communities in Students' Education

Student success is a shared interest of both school and family.”

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Topics: Teaching Advice, Teaching Wellness & Inspiration, Parents, Student Engagement

Tips to Organize and Declutter Your Classroom

The last year and a half found many of us re-evaluting our priorities. Faced with being stuck at home has driven many of us (myself included) to do something with our “extra time.” Enter the minimalism movement, with experts like The Minimalists, Marie Kondo, and Josh Becker offering up philosophies, tips, and even courses to help you shift your mindset towards “less is more.”

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Topics: Teaching Advice, Classroom Management, Happiness, Self-Care

Make A PACT with Yourself!

How is it almost 2022?!! It feels like the last year has flown by, but also gone by incredibly slow. Does anyone else feel the same way? With all the uncertainties and chaos from 2020 that have trickled over into 2021, let's choose to focus on the positives we can bring into the new year! 

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Topics: Teaching Advice, Teaching Wellness & Inspiration, teacher resources

A Strategy for Learning Recovery

“Tutoring” can inspire a variety of definitions: “homework help,” private at-home tutoring, or a 6th grader helping a 2nd grader with math. With the issue of unfinished learning from the pandemic, tutoring becomes a newly refined learning experience with a high level of importance. 

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Topics: Teaching Advice, Instructional Strategies, 21st Century Learning, COVID-19

A Classroom Teacher's View on Homework

When thinking about homework, teachers find it beneficial to communicate their policy with the families of their students. After recently completing a Learners Edge course, Jennifer Lindsey, a 4th grade teacher from Pennsylvania, reflected on her homework philosophy which includes the purposeful roles teachers and families play.

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Topics: Teaching Advice

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