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How to Get Kids to Read

In many homes and schools, it’s an ongoing question. How do we convince kids to read more? How do we give them the opportunity to fall in love with reading? What can we do to support positive reading habits? What books will break down walls, build up confidence, spark curiosity, and set the path for […]

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Breathe Deeply: Relaxation Techniques for the Classroom

School days are busy days—there’s lots to fit into those 7 to 8 hours you have with your students! Don’t forget to remind your kids to take time to breathe.

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Reading Goals in the Classroom

One thing I love to do in the first week (well, month) of a fresh new year (or decade!) is to set a reading goal for the next 52 weeks. Some years my goals are simple: read 60 books during the year. Some years, they’re more complicated: read 20 current nonfiction books, 10 novels in […]

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Before, During, and After Questions to Ask During Experiential Learning

Experiential learning is built on the concept of learning by doing. But it’s not just the doing that’s important. The reflecting part of experiential learning is the key ingredient for an experience full of discovery and learning!

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5 Tips For Classroom Management That Work!

One thing always on the minds of teachers is classroom management. You can’t teach a classroom full of unruly kids who aren’t listening to your words and distracting any child who might be trying to gain some learning that day. How do you handle disruptive behavior in your elementary and middle school classrooms?

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5 Tactics to Supercharge the Last Month of School

Ah, May, when the weather turns warm, the flowers bloom, and schoolchildren everywhere start daydreaming of summer vacation a month before it actually starts. This last stretch of the school year defines the laws of quantum physics by both flying by and lasting forever. It flies because there’s still so much work to be done during […]

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STEM Education: The Way of the Future?

If you work in education, have children, edit children’s nonfiction books, or spend any time on social media, you’ve probably heard of STEM education. STEM education focuses on the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. And you might have come across STEAM education as well, which adds the Arts. Schools, administrators, parents, researchers, and […]

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11 Morning Meeting Ideas for Happy Classrooms!

Morning meetings are terrific opportunities to connect with your students, have them connect with each other, and set the tone for a day of enthusiastic learning! That’s a lot of benefits packed into 15-30 minutes a day! Do you need some morning meeting ideas to start your own? Maybe you’re looking for ideas to refresh the morning […]

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