Origami in the Classroom – Hands-On How-To

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Tweet Good educators are those who engage a number of different learning styles. Visual, kinesthetic, and auditory are among the most commonly discussed of these, though philosophers of pedagogy recognize dozens more. Lesson plans that appeal to multiple styles at once not only boost classroom engagement, but also increase performance and rates of transfer. Bringing […]

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Five Fun Ways to Reflect on the School Term

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Tweet At the end of a term, students and teachers can breathe a sigh of relief safe in the knowledge that the bulk of the work is done and we can all look forward to a relaxing and fun last day of school before a well-deserved break. Some teachers like to bring in games or […]

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Say Yes To Teaching Outdoors

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Tweet Whether you are heading back to school after the long summer break or anticipating the end of a school year, it can be tricky to engage young minds that may be filled with thoughts of playgrounds, beaches and sunshine. But rather than confining learning to the classroom, why don’t you show children that learning […]

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Integrating Arts and Tech Simultaneously: Four Lesson Ideas

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Tweet Many teachers support both arts and tech integration. However, they don’t realize the two subjects can be integrated together. They become trapped thinking arts integration is analog and tech integration is digital; the former is fingerpainting, making music and dancing while the latter is calculating, researching and programming. However, there are numerous ways to […]

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Fun & Educational Classroom Activities to Teach Kids about Other Cultures

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Tweet Today’s guest post looks at possible lesson plans concerning cultural differences showing consideration of a range of subjects, from food to clothing.  Enjoy! ~EMP When children learn about different cultures, it helps them to build a broader understanding and enables them to engage with the world around them. From food to music, our society […]

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Reading and Rhythm Training

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Tweet I am so excited!  Today 8 colleagues and I are going to become trained in a program called Reading and Rhythm.  It incorporates the natural tendencies of rhythm in spoken and written word and helps those who struggle to find more fluency in their reading.  In addition, it helps build students’ comprehension and vocabulary. […]

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Creative Writing: 5 Classic Poems That Will Inspire Your Students

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Tweet Need a poem to spark your students’ interests?  Here are a handful of ideas for all ages from Louise Blake.  Try them out and let us know what you think.  Better yet, add some other great poem titles to try!  ~EMP Some of the earliest stories I recall learning were in the form of […]

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Digging Deep with Drama

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Tweet The Wax Museum project has become quite the tradition and expectation in our fourth grade.  For over twelve years, the fourth graders at Cashman Elementary School have been researching about a famous person who has  made an impact on society, creating a poster to represent their life, dressing like the person and giving a […]

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The Magic of Music in the Classroom

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Tweet We all know how music has the power to move people’s feelings and alter their moods. Many of us use music every single day to make us happy, to help us relax and to motivate us during exercise. Music is also ingrained into our memories. If you’ve ever had a song ‘stuck in your […]

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