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  • [Free Printables] Halloween Classroom Activity: You've been Boo'd!

    [Free Printables] Halloween Classroom Activity: You've been Boo'd!

    Have you been BOO-ed yet? Not sure what that even means?  Growing up, October was one of my favorite months. Seriously, who can say no to the candy, the parties, the s’mores and...

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  • [Lesson Plan] Social-Emotional Learning for Elementary Students: Courage

    [Lesson Plan] Social-Emotional Learning for Elementary Students: Courage

    Courage: not letting your actions be controlled by your fears. In the classic movie The Wizard of Oz, the cowardly lion is on the adventure to see the wizard because he's filled with...

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  • How Can I Incorporate Mindfulness in the Classroom?

    How Can I Incorporate Mindfulness in the Classroom?

    We hear a lot about mindfulness, or being fully present and aware in every moment, as it relates to distractions from our phones, computers, and TV screens, but is it about meditation,...

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  • [Lesson Plan] First Day of School Feelings

    [Lesson Plan] First Day of School Feelings

    It's back-to-school time again?! Already!? YAY!!! I understand how busy and crazy the first few days of school can be, so I’ve put together some materials for you to use on the first...

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  • [Video] Back-to-School Tips from The Curriculum Corner

    [Video] Back-to-School Tips from The Curriculum Corner

    It's that time already - we're heading back to school! As with any transition, both you and your students can benefit from some organized activities to get comfortable with the new...

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  • [Lesson Plan] Social-Emotional Learning for Elementary Students: Self-Discipline

    [Lesson Plan] Social-Emotional Learning for Elementary Students: Self-Discipline

    Self-Discipline: to be able to control your feelings or actions based on the strength you have inside. In a classroom setting, students learn to raise their hand before speaking, ask...

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  • Introducing...VariQuest Design Software v8.0 full of Engage Every Learner™ Content for Educators!

    Introducing...VariQuest Design Software v8.0 full of Engage Every Learner™ Content for Educators!

    In the spring of 2019, we made a big commitment to our customers. We promised LOTS of new and revised content and we're happy to report - we've delivered. Just in time for...

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  • Universal Design for Learning

    Universal Design for Learning

    The following is a guest blog from our favorite expert on Whole Brain Teaching & Learning, Dr. Melissa Hughes.  Some of you may know that I started my career in a 4th grade classroom....

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  • [Lesson Plan] Social-Emotional Learning for Elementary Students: Respect

    [Lesson Plan] Social-Emotional Learning for Elementary Students: Respect

    Respect: to think or act in a positive way about yourself or others. Important to learn in a school setting and in the greater world, respect is what students need to show themselves...

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  • Enhance the Pre-K Learning Environment with the VariQuest Cutout Maker!

    Enhance the Pre-K Learning Environment with the VariQuest Cutout Maker!

    Anoka/Washington County Head Start, based in Coon Rapids, MN, provides education, nutrition, mental health, school readiness and parent engagement services to children (aged 3-5) and...

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  • [Lesson Plan] Social-Emotional Learning for Elementary Students: Fairness

    [Lesson Plan] Social-Emotional Learning for Elementary Students: Fairness

    Fairness: making sure that everyone has what they need to succeed. A hot topic in our politics and world today, elementary school students can greatly benefit from lessons in fairness...

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  • [Video] 4 End-of-Year Projects from The Curriculum Corner

    [Video] 4 End-of-Year Projects from The Curriculum Corner

    It's hard to believe - but we're already coming up to the end of the school year! As you prepare students for their final weeks in your classroom, you may be thinking about how this...

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  • Top Teacher Discounts for Teacher Appreciation Week!

    Top Teacher Discounts for Teacher Appreciation Week!

    Teacher Appreciation Week 2019 is May 6th-10th and while we at VariQuest appreciate teachers every day, many stores and restaurants give special recognition and discounts to our...

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  • Why Does My School Need a Cutout Maker? Greece Professional Learning Center Loves Theirs!

    Why Does My School Need a Cutout Maker? Greece Professional Learning Center Loves Theirs!

    For 30 years, Greece Professional Learning Center (PLC) in Rochester, NY has been providing academic resources and professional learning opportunities to educators and community groups....

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  • 4 Test-Taking Tips from The Curriculum Corner

    4 Test-Taking Tips from The Curriculum Corner

    When testing season is upon your classroom, it makes for a very anxious time. Not only are students worried about the disruption to their routine, where multiple-choice questions and...

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  • [Lesson Plan] Social-Emotional Learning for Elementary Students: Kindness

    [Lesson Plan] Social-Emotional Learning for Elementary Students: Kindness

    Social-Emotional Learning is a concept top-of-mind with educators these days, and for good reason. While not a new idea by any means, developing students' social and emotional skills...

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  • Classroom Activity and Materials: Focus on Reading!

    Classroom Activity and Materials: Focus on Reading!

    The National Education Association's Read Across America Day is celebrated in classrooms across the United States each year on Dr. Seuss' birthday, March 2nd. But why stop at one day,...

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  • Dialed In: How to Bring Global Awareness Into the Classroom

    Dialed In: How to Bring Global Awareness Into the Classroom

    I remember when I started teaching, my students were acquiring more "life experiences" than I was. They were traveling abroad, going to the beach, hiking mountains...anything and...

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  • What Can Title I Funding Be Used For?

    What Can Title I Funding Be Used For?

    According to the U.S. Department of Education website, the Title I Grant program is meant to provide funding to  disadvantaged Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) to improve their...

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  • [Lesson Plan] Celebrate the Chinese New Year 2019!

    [Lesson Plan] Celebrate the Chinese New Year 2019!

    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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