Six Science-Based Reasons Why You Should be Reading Books

Tweet Why should we read more books? How useful is reading for the brain? In today’s advanced world of technology, books come in a wealth of forms. Starting from classic hardcover to eBooks available on smart devices, there’s literally no reason why we should avoid reading. Apart from improving our general knowledge and making us […]

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How Colour Affects Learning and Memory Performance

Tweet Colours are an inevitable part of the surrounding world. It’s no secret they can powerfully influence our mood and emotions. They are frequently used in commercial sectors, like advertising and interior design to trigger emotional reactions to certain products and services. But did you know that colours can also be used in education – be it […]

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Motivating the Unmotivated Student

Tweet Those of us who are committed teachers wish that somehow we could reach every student in our classrooms. And we read, attend workshops, and continually communicate with other educators about engaging those students who are persistently dis-engaged. We also end each school year with memories – memories of those students who have been “success […]

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Reschoolutions

Tweet Ah, January.  A time for new beginnings.  I love the idea that in the school year, we have two beginnings: one in September and one in January.  January always seems like a great time to take a look at how far we’ve come over the past few months, see where we need to go, […]

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Understanding Common Core and Educating Our Students

Tweet By now you have probably heard about the Common Core State Standards learning model. If you have somehow been living in educator darkness, it is a means to standardize language arts and mathematics lessons across the country so that students will have expected learning goals for each grade level – from kindergarten to twelfth […]

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How Classroom Design Affects Learning

Tweet The performance and progress of children in school is dependent on a number of factors, from the quality of the content they are being taught, the teaching methods and reinforcement of these lessons to their environment and their visceral responses to classroom surroundings. The latter dictates that it is important to build a positive […]

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Professional Development at Your Leisure

Tweet For many teachers, summer means working at your leisure.  That’s what I’m doing! This summer I’m taking an online course towards my CAGS degree in Arts, Leadership and Learning which means I can work whenever I have a few moments, or I can carve out some time to dig deep into my work.   […]

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How to Make your Students Feel Valued as Individuals

Tweet For many teachers, although we see students every single day, it can be very hard to remember what it was actually like to be a kid. Our hardy, grown-up personalities have weathered through decades of disappointments (with some delights thrown in for good measure), and although everyone has a lot more ‘growing’ to do […]

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Get Mad – But Not at the Schools

Tweet Have you seen this yet?  It’s a letter sent to parents by Ellen Best-Laimit, the interim principal of Harley Avenue Primary School in Elwood, N.Y., and four kindergarten teachers stating that due to “more rigorous learning standards,” an end of the year kindergarten play is to be cancelled.  (You may be interested in reading […]

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