How Nature Inspires Learning in Children

Elena Krasnoperova - Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

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Guest blog post by Grace Frenson

Natural environments provide the most ideal places for children to learn. They are flush with perfect examples of concepts traditionally taught in the classroom, but with far more engaging examples.

By using outdoor, natural spaces as impromptu classrooms, children absorb concepts with a minimal amount of effort and easily become fascinated by subjects and new ideas they may have previously considered “boring.”

Overall, any child, struggling or not, can benefit from more time outdoors. This applies to children of any age or at any level of education.

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Is Social Connection the Best Path to Happiness?

Nicole Lewis - Wednesday, August 8th, 2018

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From a young age, people need to learn how to communicate with each other, so that they can find happiness by being part of society. That is why parents need to teach their kids how to build connections with other people.

Although being a parent is a stressful job, the best way to raise happy kids is to be a happy, fulfilled person yourself. We can all achieve happiness and give it back to our children by using the easiest of methods – finding good, reliable, loyal friends.

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Handwriting vs. Typing: Why a Pen Is Mightier than a Keyboard

Elena Krasnoperova - Saturday, April 8th, 2017

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Guest post by Aris Grigoriou from Study Medicine Europe

In this infographic, you learn why a pen is mightier than a keyboard. Students retain knowledge better when they handwrite their notes rather than type them!

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10 Awesome EdTech Tools for Formative Assessment

Elena Krasnoperova - Saturday, April 8th, 2017

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Guest Blog Post by Diana Clark

Formative assessment is a critical tool for educators. It helps identify concepts that students are struggling with so that future instruction can be adapted to their individual needs. Fortunately, there are several new technology-based tools that make formative assessment more efficient and effective.

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Teaching Writing through Games

Elena Krasnoperova - Saturday, April 8th, 2017

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Guest Blog Post by Joan Selby, former ESL teacher and blogger

When we observe small children, we realize they are learning about the world by playing. When they see a flower, they will touch it, smell it, and find something to do with it. They like learning through stories and they keep asking questions.

That’s the kind of natural curiosity we tend to lose throughout life. The rigid educational system may be the culprit. Remember how you used to study boring lectures that killed your desire to explore more? Remember how you got boring academic assignments that suffocated your wish to be a better writer? We need to stop doing that to the new generations of students.

Today, teachers are left with much greater flexibility to adapt the teaching process to the wishes of the students. Since young students love playing, modern teachers are especially attracted to the concept of gamification. It’s adaptable to all classroom environments, as well as for homeschooling.

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6 Best Practices for Developing Leadership Skills in Students

Elena Krasnoperova - Saturday, April 8th, 2017

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Guest blog post by Julie Peterson, Founder of AskPetersen.Com

A teacher always has a lot to do. You have a curriculum to get through, and you need to evaluate your students on an individual basis. But you’re not just conveying and evaluating knowledge. You also have to teach students important skills. Leadership is one of those crucial skills.

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How School Fundraisers Develop Persuasive Skills in Students

Elena Krasnoperova - Saturday, April 8th, 2017

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Guest blog post by Clay Boggess, Senior Consultant with Big Fundraising Ideas

Fundraising programs in schools help close critical funding gaps and ensure a school has the resources it needs for our children to be successful. In addition to quality products and compelling prize programs, one of the key elements of a successful product fundraiser is the big pitch, which can teach students critical persuasive and public speaking skills.

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5 Tips for Using YouTube Effectively in Your Classroom

Elena Krasnoperova - Thursday, March 16th, 2017

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Guest Post by Quincy Smith

With rapid advances in technology, almost every child has access to a screen of some sort. Instead of condemning these screens as a distraction, smart educators can leverage their power and effectiveness by building lessons around them. YouTube is one of the largest sources of free video material in the world. Regularly utilizing YouTube content in the classroom can help you keep your class focused and engaged.  It also helps children learn that the Internet can be used for more than just games.

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10 Online Resources and Apps for Dyslexic Students

Elena Krasnoperova - Thursday, March 16th, 2017

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Guest post by Sharon Conwell

Having a child with dyslexia in your classroom is no longer an insurmountable challenge. In fact, these days there is no need for children with dyslexia to be at a disadvantage compared to their classmates. Technology has improved many aspects of life, including a variety of new tools that help dyslexic students thrive in school, and support their teachers. Here are the top 10 online resources and apps for dyslexic students.

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7 Tactics to Engage Students in Academic Writing

Elena Krasnoperova - Monday, March 6th, 2017

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Guest post by Gloria Kopp

Academic writing can sometimes be a difficult skill to teach. That is especially the case when your students are not interested and engaged in the lesson at hand. Each classroom will have a different dynamic, skills and ways of learning. As such, it’s essential that teachers adapt and adjust their methods in order to increase their classroom engagement and the interest of the individual students. Here are 7 tips for engaging students in writing:

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