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  • 4 Strategies to Promote Student Engagement in your Classroom

    4 Strategies to Promote Student Engagement in your Classroom

    I’ve been teaching for many years and with those years come a vast knowledge of when I’m losing the crowd or when everyone is into their work. To be a master teacher you have to have...

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  • The Break Up With Reading: Why Reading for Fun is Important for Students

    The Break Up With Reading: Why Reading for Fun is Important for Students

    When did kids fall out of love with reading? I’ve been lucky enough to teach an upper grade level, and when you have that experience you see the evolution of children in their...

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  • [eBook] Special Education: Boosting Success for Exceptional Needs Students

    [eBook] Special Education: Boosting Success for Exceptional Needs Students

    Effectively reaching students whose exceptionalities run the gamut of intellectual, communicative, sensory, behavioral and physical is a continuous challenge faced by educators. As...

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  • A Student-Run Print Shop Teaches CTE Skills at Higgins Middle School

    A Student-Run Print Shop Teaches CTE Skills at Higgins Middle School

    With an emphasis on CTE programs in schools on the rise, so too are student-based enterprises - where students can brainstorm ideas, design and develop products, market their...

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  • Using Text Dependent Questions for Deeper Comprehension

    Using Text Dependent Questions for Deeper Comprehension

    For many years, comprehension strategies centered on students making connections to their texts. These may have included: Text-to-Self, Text-to-Text, and Text-to-World. However, this...

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  • [eBook] How to Build a Makerspace

    [eBook] How to Build a Makerspace

    By now, you've probably heard about "makerspaces" and how they're being added in schools across the country - encouraging students of all ages to explore, create, build, tinker, and...

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  • [Lesson Plan] Counting Strategies Activity: Build a Fruit Basket

    [Lesson Plan] Counting Strategies Activity: Build a Fruit Basket

    As more and more schools expand their curriculum offerings to include Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs spanning the 16 Career Clusters, the need for resources to help these...

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  • VariQuest Launches New Educational Tools – the Perfecta® 2400STP Poster Design System and Motiva™ 400 Specialty Printing System for the K–12

    VariQuest Launches New Educational Tools – the Perfecta® 2400STP Poster Design System and Motiva™ 400 Specialty Printing System for the K–12

    The newest additions to the VariQuest suite of solutions provide endless options for creating on-the-spot school-wide communication, recognition, and student engagement materials....

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  • [Lesson Plan] Order of Operations

    [Lesson Plan] Order of Operations

    "Class, what is the Order of Operations?" My energetic class of fifth graders shouted out loud, "Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally!" What? Who is Aunt Sally? When students initially...

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  • [eBook] Grant Funding Guide: How to Write a Grant

    [eBook] Grant Funding Guide: How to Write a Grant

    If we all held unlimited monetary resources, there's no end to what we would provide for "our kids." There are many professions far more lucrative than those in education - but for the...

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  • What is a Makerspace?

    What is a Makerspace?

    Engaging students in a meaningful learning experience is the ideal goal of an educator. Providing every learner with a hands-on, eyes-on, ears-on, and minds-on activity amplifies the...

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  • Valentine's Day Classroom Activity - Find who loves what you love!

    Valentine's Day Classroom Activity - Find who loves what you love!

    Are you looking for an easy, fun and inclusive Valentine's Day activity for your students this week? Or maybe you're looking for a classroom activity where students can learn about, and...

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  • [Lesson Plan] Celebrate the Chinese New Year!

    [Lesson Plan] Celebrate the Chinese New Year!

    Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, has been celebrated for thousands of years. It is one of the most important holidays widely celebrated in many Asian countries and...

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  • How 3D Printing is Benefiting Education at Holly Grove Elementary

    How 3D Printing is Benefiting Education at Holly Grove Elementary

    3D Printing is a relatively new concept in education curriculum - but it engages all kinds of learners, and instills real-world critical thinking and innovative problem-solving 21st...

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  • What's the Difference Between Boy and Girl Brains, When it Comes to STEM?

    What's the Difference Between Boy and Girl Brains, When it Comes to STEM?

    As STEM-related jobs are on the rise, women continue to be widely under-represented in STEM professions. Even though women make up more than half of college graduates, they comprise a...

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  • [Playbook] Building a Career and Technical Education Program for the 21st Century

    [Playbook] Building a Career and Technical Education Program for the 21st Century

    20, 15, even 10 years ago - when you thought about Career and Technical Education (CTE), you would picture a wood shop or auto mechanics class at a high school. But things have changed,...

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  • 21st Century Learning at The Career Academy

    21st Century Learning at The Career Academy

    CTE programs are built for students to learn their coursework by applying their knowledge to real-world scenarios, prepping them for future education or careers. The Career Academy...

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  • [Checklist] 6 Steps Toward a 21st Century Learning Environment

    [Checklist] 6 Steps Toward a 21st Century Learning Environment

    Despite being 18 years into the new millennium, we hear a lot about "21st Century Learning Environments" these days, as schools are struggling to adapt to meet the needs of a new kind...

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  • [eBook] Hands-On with Minds On: Why STEM Education and 3D Printing are a Perfect Pair

    [eBook] Hands-On with Minds On: Why STEM Education and 3D Printing are a Perfect Pair

    STEM education has traditionally focused on teaching subjects individually, with math and science as completely separate courses. But new standards suggest a more integrated framework,...

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  • How Does Kinesthetic Learning Benefit STEM? [Infographic]

    How Does Kinesthetic Learning Benefit STEM? [Infographic]

    STEM, or Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics curriculum is meant to be an immersive solution to teach students learning those four disciplines in a way that is meaningful...

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