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    What do you think about using AI in the classroom?

    Kelly Mekdeci, EdD | Sr. Vice-President for Professional Growth Several days ago, I had the eerie experience of watching an AI-generated version of CNN’s Anderson Cooper and being unable to distinguish the fabricated version from the real person. It’s not unusual for emerging technologies to evoke similar feelings of unease. Yet, before we know it, these […]

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    How Do Different School Districts Celebrate Bla...

    Each February, the United States celebrates Black History Month to commemorate the history, achievements, adversities, and lived and shared experiences of the Black community. The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) chooses an annual theme for the month, with the theme for 2023 being Black Resistance. (For an in-depth look […]

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    How to Get Your Students Inspired with Careers ...

    Inspiring students to pursue careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) begins in the classroom. When you incorporate STEM into your classroom curriculum, you’re encouraging students, especially underrepresented populations like minorities and women, to get involved in a field with projected growth, an array of career paths, and the opportunity to make impactful contributions […]

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    All About Juneteenth: The History Of and How to...

    Juneteenth, also referred to as America’s Second Independence Day, marks an important event in our nation’s history, as does its declaration as a federal holiday in 2021. Incorporating Juneteenth activities into your classroom is a great way to engage students while promoting an understanding of the history and meaning of this important day. In this […]

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    Favorite Podcasts from PLS Classes Instructors

    By now we should have piqued your interest on why you should give podcasts a try. Today, we’re sharing some of our instructor’s favorite podcasts. Disclaimer: PLS Classes does not endorse or get reimbursed for featuring any of the podcast in this article. Jenn Hund Recommends Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing […]

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    Can TikTok Be a Helpful Tool in the Classroom?

    Like it or hate it, social media is here to stay. And the latest video-based platform, TikTok is all the craze for many of your students. As of writing this article in January 2022, TikTok had 1 billion users worldwide with TikTok’s Gen Z penetration (born between 1997-2012) one of the highest user groups in […]

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    Our Top 10 TikTok Teachers

    Check out these accounts for some great ideas and a little entertainment! Since the pandemic started, it is safe to say that we all deserve a good laugh. During our many unoccupied hours of quarantine, TikTok became an outlet that brought people from all around the world together through short, one-minute videos. It not only […]

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    The Pros and Cons of Synchronous and Asynchrono...

    During the COVID-19 pandemic, students whose prior educational experience consisted of in-classroom lectures and at-home practice, in some cases, experienced a flipped model. They were asked to study independently or with their parents and come to virtual classroom sessions prepared to ask questions and discuss what they learned during self-study. And many students still flourished. […]

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    How to Welcome Diversity and Foster Inclusion i...

    The classroom is a crucial space for children and young adults to learn vital lessons in diversity, inclusion, and belonging. While classroom lectures can educate students on the benefits that come from exposure to people of different backgrounds, races, and religions, sometimes the simplest interactions—such as looking around and seeing a room of diverse peers […]

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    Resources from Fred Rogers Productions to Help ...

    When Fred Rogers was a child, he spent a lot of time inside due to asthma. He felt isolated physically and emotionally, which, in turn, made him feel sad and scared. Now, more than ever, we may all be experiencing some of the same feelings that young Freddie Rogers felt. Isolated. Sad. Scared. Stressed. Angry. […]

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    The Eight Best Teacher Blogs for Innovative Edu...

    Like our favorite teacher always said, sharing is caring. We love our PLS Classes Blog, but we also enjoy learning from other educators! We scoured the web and found the following teacher-focused blogs which provide valuable perspective to teachers who are looking for creative and innovative ways to improve student outcomes. Check out our findings […]

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    Integrate Math and Literacy to Improve Student ...

    You may find your students tend to have innate abilities that align with analytical and fact based skills such as math and science. You may have other students that seem to have a predisposition to more creative skills such as art or writing. For example, you may have a student who writes gorgeous prose but […]

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    Are Smartphones Making Our Students Smarter?

    Three Reasons Why Teens Should Take a Break From Their Digital Devices When parents say they fear their teen is addicted to their smartphone, they may be right. According to Common Sense Media, teens spend an average of nine hours a day online. Considering the average teen needs eight to ten hours of sleep per […]

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    April is Autism Awareness Month: How can teache...

    April marks Autism Awareness Month, a time to promote autism awareness, education, and acceptance, and to show support for the tens of thousands of young people and adults diagnosed with a spectrum disorder each year. Created nearly 25 years ago by the Autism Society, Autism Awareness Month is a growing initiative that has become a […]

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    Get Girls Excited About a Career in STEM!

    Annie Easley, Grace Hopper, Mary Allen Wilkes… If you’ve never heard of these women, you’ve surely heard of their accomplishments. Annie Easley “developed and implemented code” that led to the development of the battery used in the first hybrid cars.1 Grace Hopper, also known as “the mother of computing” helped to develop code called COBOL, […]

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    To Help Respond to Disrespectful Behavior in th...

    According to Public School Review, many public school teachers cite student attitudes, such as apathy and disrespect for teachers, as a significant problem facing schools today.1 What appears to be disrespect from students comes in many forms. As a teacher, you may see what you or others interpret as disrespectful behavior in your classroom. These […]

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    Girls and Bullying: How can teachers help ident...

    Pop culture movies, music, and television shows often depict girls—as early as during elementary school—as being viciously cruel and judgmental to their classmates. The “mean girl” archetype has evolved for a reason. According to National Voices for Equality, Education, and Enlightenment (NVEEE), more girls (59 percent) are cyberbullies than boys. The National Education Association (NEA) […]

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    The Case for Flexible Seating: Is it a Good Fit...

    As a teacher, you appreciate (read: crave) order and consistency. A place for everything and everything in its place may even be your classroom motto. Many teachers appreciate orderly rows of desks and knowing exactly where each student is seated may allow teachers to ensure every child is present and engaged so you they focus […]

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    The Power of Mindfulness in the Classroom

    Mindfulness represents a particular way of being present in the moment and noticing your surroundings. Jon Kabat-Zinn defines mindfulness as “the awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally.”1 What began as part of meditation and yoga instruction has grown in popularity and has been implemented by many K -12 […]

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    Give Your Students the Tools to Bridge the Summer

    With summer just around the corner and final exams wrapping up, students and teachers are undoubtedly looking forward to break. While students dream of free time, the great outdoors, hanging with friends, and family vacations, many teachers also plan to enjoy the warm weather, setting aside time for individual hobbies and interests. While everyone is […]

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