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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

Makerspaces on a Tight Budget

Even though it’s nice to dream of a makerspace with fancy gadgets and expensive technology, the truth is that you truly can start a makerspace with little or almost no budget. Here are 7 ways to create a Makerspace on a tight budget. 1. Spread the word Tap into the community. Chances are, parents will … Continue reading Makerspaces on a Tight Budget

Helping Kids Deal with the Bad News on Television

In the past few weeks, every time you turn on the TV or hop onto social media, it seems that all we see is devastation—hurricanes in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico, a huge earthquake in Mexico and now the mass shooting in Las Vegas. Bad news seems to be everywhere and constantly on the news. … Continue reading Helping Kids Deal with the Bad News on Television

Choosing Appropriate Chair Sizes for Students

Children are more likely to pay attention and are more open to learning if they are comfortable during class. You can positively influence the overall learning environment in your classroom by choosing chairs that are the right size for the children in your care. Figuring this out can be confusing and a little frustrating, which … Continue reading Choosing Appropriate Chair Sizes for Students

Tips on Setting up Your Home Office

Working from the comfort of your own home may sound like a dream. But if you don’t have all the right elements for your home office, it can have a detrimental effect on your productivity and even your health and happiness. No two home offices are the same. But regardless of the size and layout … Continue reading Tips on Setting up Your Home Office

Keep Your Classroom Healthy with Meditation!

School just started and the flu season is quickly approaching. So every year, you keep your classroom clean, you teach hygiene, encourage healthy eating and exercise, but have you tried meditation? Meditation isn’t just for our mental health! A healthy, relaxed mind can help the body fight off infection. It just might help keep the … Continue reading Keep Your Classroom Healthy with Meditation!

Labor Day and the Fight over the School Calendar

For many families, Labor Day is a welcome extension to the final weekend of summer. Some even take their summer vacation the week before Labor Day. But in school districts and states across the country, the day has become a battleground between legislators, educators and the tourism industry. The battle over when school starts: before … Continue reading Labor Day and the Fight over the School Calendar

Teacher’s Back-to-School Checklist

  Three weeks before the term begins:• Hit the back-to-school sales for supplies • Order any supplies your district allows. • Gather the other supplies you may need. • Create a course overview for the year. • Join at least one professional organization. • Decide on the resources you will need for each unit of … Continue reading Teacher’s Back-to-School Checklist