Teacher tips for a new school year

Posted by Molly Proffitt on August 15, 2019

The first day of school is right around the corner. Can you believe it?! For both students and teachers, the first day can be a mix of emotions – but take a deep breath because we’ve got you covered.

It’s never too early to start preparing for the new year. So, before your classroom is full of kids and excitement, try using some of these tips and tricks to start your school year off on the right foot. Remember, the first couple of days can set the stage for the rest of the year, and we want this to be your best year yet!

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, Middle School, Elementary School, High School, Teacher Resources, Culture, Teacher Development, Social and emotional learning, Professional Development

Left or right? The science behind handedness

Posted by Preston Frazier on August 13, 2019

Have you ever had to sit at one end of the table to prevent bumping elbows with others at a restaurant? Do you constantly get ink smudges on the bottom of your hand as you write from left to right? Or do you have a tough time cutting with a pair of scissors?

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Topics: BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, Culture, Science, Resources, Social and emotional learning

Video games in the classroom? – Leveling up on workforce skills

Posted by Connor Craig on July 08, 2019

Sometimes video games get a bum rap. I’m guessing you’ve heard about some of the negative effects that video games can have on developing brains, but what about the positives? In my career as a web developer, I use skills I’ve gained from playing video games every day!

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Topics: IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Culture, Technology, STEM, Social and emotional learning, Future Ready, 21st Century Skills, Workforce Development

Student engagement: Developing agency, showing relevancy, and getting hands on

Posted by Jessica Born on May 29, 2019

At the end of the school day, before a holiday, as the school year wraps, during a subject they don’t enjoy, or sometimes for no specific reason at all, students can find it challenging to stay engaged. But it’s not just your classroom – you’re not alone, Teach. There are endless statistics about student engagement and disengagement. Gallup’s survey efforts of Grades 5-12 showed that almost half of students who responded to the survey are engaged with school (47%), approximately one-fourth aren’t engaged (29%), and the remainder are actively disengaged (24%). Numerous reports also state engagement only decreases as students progress through school.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, Culture, STEM, Social and emotional learning, Future Ready, Hands-on Learning

Bringing financial literacy to the classroom

Posted by Katlie Brynds on April 27, 2019

Do you remember your first purchase? Something you’d been saving up for a while and were finally able to buy? We begin learning about the financial world at an early age. Even before entering school, we observe the financial decisions made by our families and we begin to gain a financial mentality. But sometimes we don’t always have role models around to demonstrate positive personal finance habits. Bringing financial terms and concepts into a formal classroom setting can help prepare students for the financial opportunities and challenges they’ll face as adults.

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Topics: IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Culture, Activities, Future Ready, 21st Century Skills, Math