The Key Steps to Better Classroom Design

The Common Core State Standards and the focus on 21st century skills require classroom spaces that promote collaboration and innovation. Yet, most of our elementary schools were built in the 1950s and

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Spotlight on Student Trauma

The mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida Feb. 14 left 17 students dead and 17 more injured. It has put student trauma in the spotlight like never before. Since the

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Technology: Use Google Forms to Get Focused

Google Forms is an app that is becoming increasingly popular among teachers for its ability to easily and quickly create rubrics, assignments, and assessments. It can also be used as classroom management

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How to Create the Perfect Classroom Website

 Website creation used to take time and skills that most teachers simply don’t have.  But now, with Google Sites and other online services such as Weebly, building a classroom website is quite

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Core Strategies for Teaching ELL Students

Teaching English Language Learner (ELL) students is not an easy task in the realm of the regular classroom.  Incorporating the needs of English learners while trying to keep the classroom pace going and

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The Art of the Doodle

There has been a stigma attached to doodling for far too long say supporters. The dictionary even defines doodling as “to waste (time) in aimless or foolish activity.”  The tide of

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5 Steps to Creating a Positive Classroom

Creating a positive learning environment in the classroom starts and ends with you, the teacher. And it doesn’t happen overnight. It requires practicing particular skills. For most people, consistently

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Step Inside the Circle of Knowledge

When the Circle of Knowledge was published in 1847, one of its objectives was to bring within the scope of a school book those neglected, but useful and familiar things, which are generally overlooked

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Front Lines: Fighting Back Against Bullying

It was last December when 13-year-old Rosalie Avila took her own life in San Diego following years of bullying by her middle school classmates. The school was aware of Rosalie’s bullying and she

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