Successful Teaching Strategies and Tips

Tweet It’s always great to hear successful stories from other teachers.  It keeps us motivated knowing that we are all working hard to reach our students.  Today, Iris Yuan brings us successful teaching strategies and tips from two great educators.  We hope you are enjoying your Teacher Appreciation Week! ~EMP Teachers face a wide number […]

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Be Proud of What You Do – Wear Blue

Tweet Today is National Teacher Day. With so many mixed feelings about our profession, a day like this is important to remember and even take a little seriously.  Our job is not easy; there are many obstacles and challenges.  From the struggling students we yearn to reach to the occational parent that doesn’t do their part, from the […]

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4 Positive Effects of Dance and Movement for K-12 Students

Tweet Anyone who knows me, know I love dance!  And I bring movement into my classroom any chance I can – which can be difficult to do sometimes.  Here is this week’s guest blogger, Lauren Bailey to discuss some of the great things dance and movement can do.  Hopefully this will motivate you to do […]

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The Magic of One Drum

Tweet I bring them to the large room My students sit to wait They’re talking and they’re anxious To start up from their break.   I take a hold of one small drum Caress it with my hands, And as I beat so softly They seem to understand.   Doom, ckick-a chick; Doom doom chick […]

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Three Key Ways the Brain Learns

Tweet Enjoy this short, but informative piece about how the brain works.  Using just these three concepts can help mold your teaching.  ~EMP When it comes to how students learn most easily, there are three principles that seem to repeatedly surface. 1. Students progress better in an active, play-based learning environment. This may seem too […]

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Put a Poem in Your Pocket

Tweet This Thursday, April 26th, is Poem in Your Pocket Day. This is such a fun way to celebrate poetry during National Poetry Month. For this day, you find a poem or write a poem and keep it handy (in your pocket) so that you can read it to anyone and everyone you come in […]

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Where I’m From – Poetry Activity

Tweet Studying this poem and then creating a sort of copy-cat poem from it is a great activity for your students (and YOU) to do. This poem, Where I’m From written by George Ella Lyon, is a touching one that gives insight to the person who wrote it through the senses and visualization.  From family […]

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10 Artistic Classroom Activities

Tweet Today’s Guest Blogger is Jan Pierce from Elementary Education Degree.   With the end of the year around the corner, it seems like a great time to try a new arts integration idea.  She provides you with 10!  Let us know if you try something out.  ~EMP With all the studies out that show how […]

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Teacher Poetry

Tweet Teachers love poetry too!  We should be reading and creating it as much as we want our students to. Last night was a fun 4th grade chat ( #4thchat) on Twitter with other 4th grade teachers.  The topic was poetry and one teacher, Nancy Carroll ‏ @ncarroll24 asked: Does anyone write poems alongside their […]

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