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Hack my Whiteboard

Anyone who has used a whiteboard knows that shadowing is a big problem. This is a list of 10 cleaning solutions that will work on most problems. Happy cleaning! Vinegar Vinegar and water solution is great for most cleaning projects.Toothpaste Toothpaste removes stubborn stains from most smooth, non-porous surfaces.Isopropyl Alcohol Make sure you are using … Continue reading Hack my Whiteboard

Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions for Teachers

As we get ready to say goodbye to 2018, the time is upon us when that yearly tradition of reflection and resolutions for the upcoming school year. Get inspired with our list of the Top 10 New Year's Resolutions for Teachers. 1.  Stay Positive Coming off a much-needed break, it’s time to figure out how … Continue reading Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions for Teachers

6 Effective Design Elements of a STEM Classroom

Centered around project-based learning, an effective STEM classroom fosters a positive culture that allows students to problem-solve, collaborate, create, test ideas, and build with their hands. The goal of stem classroom design is to inspire students to think, innovate, prototype, and research in teams. Here are 6 effective STEM Classroom Design elements that you can … Continue reading 6 Effective Design Elements of a STEM Classroom

Choosing a Whiteboard

Looking for the best whiteboard and wondering what dry erase surface to choose? Look for a board that always performs at its best and that lasts the longest. Whiteboards have come a long way since their initial development in the 1960’s. In their early years, the boards were difficult to clean, especially since dry erase … Continue reading Choosing a Whiteboard

How to Avoid Discussing Politics with Family During Holidays

  There is no question that this past year has been brutal for politics. Friends and family have blocked each other on social media, lines were drawn, sides were taken and the final vote counts left pretty much every one either reeling or reveling. Personal feelings aside, the holidays are upon us, which will likely be … Continue reading How to Avoid Discussing Politics with Family During Holidays

Tips on Dealing with the Holiday Season at Work

The holiday season can be a very tricky time in the workplace. All those holiday parties, gift exchanges, feeding frenzies, and other holiday celebrations can get in the way of normal work activities, resulting in a significant loss of productivity. They can also make your colleagues who don't observe the same holidays or celebrate them differently … Continue reading Tips on Dealing with the Holiday Season at Work

Dealing with the December Dilemma

In recent years, some concerned citizens have expressed outrage with public schools promoting the religious aspects of Christmas, claiming they turn the classroom into a church. Others have expressed outrage with public schools acknowledging only the secular aspect of that holiday, without touching on the underlying reasons that it exists in the first place, especially … Continue reading Dealing with the December Dilemma

Active Sitting Benefits in Classroom and Workplace

Research has shown that incorporating motion into the classroom (and the workplace) promotes creativity and learning. Students and adults need to move and this can help them feel active and alert, which in turn helps their learning and productivity. Motion in the Classroom In addition to incorporating physical activities into the classroom, Active Sitting is … Continue reading Active Sitting Benefits in Classroom and Workplace

Getting Funding for Your New Classroom

We all have big dreams for the things that we’d like to do in our schools.  Designing active learning spaces.  Creating makerspace environments.  Putting powerful technology into the hands of our students. Unfortunately, our budgets aren’t always as big as our dreams.  The money is out there if you put in a little time and … Continue reading Getting Funding for Your New Classroom

History of the Jack O’Lantern

The celebration of Halloween in America didn’t take off until waves of immigrants from Ireland and Scotland arrived in the mid-1800s. Pumpkins are native to North America, so while it’s not known exactly when the first pumpkin was carved and lit, the first mention of pumpkins jack o’lanterns comes at around the same time. In … Continue reading History of the Jack O’Lantern