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    Before Heading into the New Year, Reflect on th...

    The New Year is a time for resolutions, goal-setting, and new beginnings. However, how can you best chart a course and determine where to go next without first reflecting on where you’ve been? The best way to plan for the future is to consider past successes, opportunities that did not achieve optimal results, and lessons […]

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    Understanding the Rotational Model of Learning

    Are you looking for a new teaching technique you can add to your arsenal to help your students maximize their understanding of core concepts? The rotational learning model has been proven successful as a technique to support concept reinforcement and practical application for students of any age. If you’ve heard the term but haven’t experienced […]

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    Three Easy Ways to Form More Meaningful Connect...

    “Great teachers focus not on compliance, but on connections and relationships.” — PJ Caposey, Education Week What does it mean for you to connect with a parent? Is it thoughtfully attending each marking period’s parent-teacher conference with poignant insights about your student? Is connection something that can be achieved digitally, such as with Facebook groups, […]

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    How to Engage and Inspire Tech-Savvy Gen Z and ...

    The students filling the hallways in today’s schools are comprised of two unique but similarly minded generations. Gen Z, also known as the “iGen” generation, are students born between 1995 and 2012. Their younger counterparts, Gen Alpha, are those born in 2013 or later years. So what do they have in common? They are both […]

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    Five Ways to Strengthen Your Students’ Critical...

    It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. – Aristotle Critical thinking is defined by the Foundation for Critical Thinking as the “mode of thinking — about any subject, content, or problem — in which the thinker improves the quality of his or her thinking […]

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    Easy Ways to Show Your Students and Parents/Gua...

    It’s important for teachers to show students and parents or guardians that they care. If you look back at your education as a child, what you probably remember most is how your teacher made you feel. In 2013, Canadian educator Lori Gard wrote a popular piece for Huffpost where she said, “At the end of the […]

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    Homework Overload: How Much Homework is Too Much?

    Homework is a critical learning modality that helps students practice what they’ve learned and reinforce learning concepts. With students learning remotely, face-to-face, or a combination of both, the concept of homework takes on a whole new meaning. Much of student learning is already occurring at home, so the question we must ask ourselves is when […]

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    Consistency and Flexibility are Key Traits of O...

    Today, we are sharing an article written by our special guest and partner Steve Barkley. For the past 40 years, Steve has served as an education consultant to school districts, teacher organizations, state departments of education, and colleges and universities nationally and internationally, facilitating the changes necessary for them to prepare students to create their […]

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    Memorize This: Your Students Benefit From Learn...

    As an adult, you most likely have that one friend who tells you that when he was in school, he never had to study to earn all As. While some people are naturally well-inclined toward conceptual understanding and easy memorization, many of us need to put in some study time to earn good grades. To […]

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    Should You Give Students Bonus Points? Weighing...

    In general, students love extra credit. For some, it’s an opportunity to make up for a missed assignment or a poor test grade. For others, notably the high-achievers, it’s an opportunity to excel at the highest level. However, is extra credit a strategy that is genuinely in your students’ best interests? Before you offer your […]

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