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    Seven Ways Teachers can Encourage Independent R...

    One of the many reasons that you are an inspiring teacher is that you appreciate the feeling of getting lost inside a great book. You know what it’s like to feel as if the characters are your friends, to wish to live in the same town or mythical world as the story’s hero, and even […]

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    Recognizing the Warning Signs of a Student Stru...

    As a teacher, you spend a lot of time with your students. And next to a student’s close family and friends you may be the best equipped to identify signs that something is wrong. Mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, and substance abuse don’t usually come out of nowhere. Yet sometimes it’s hard to […]

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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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    Cyberbullying: What it is, and What You Can Do ...

    As an educator, you know that bullying is a continuing problem in our schools. You also know that some types of bullying are overt and easy to spot (such as physical bullying), while other forms of bullying can fly under the radar (such as emotional and cyber). According to StopBullying.gov, “When adults respond quickly and […]

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    Ten Stress Relievers for Elementary and Middle ...

    New teachers. New schedules. New faces. Oh my! A new school year can be a stressful time for teachers and students alike! Adjusting to a new classroom, making new friends, changing classes, or even paying attention during lessons (after a long and lazy summer) can make even the most confident students stressed. While some stress […]

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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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    A New School Year: A New Chance to Involve Fami...

    You only get one chance to make a first impression. At the start of the school year, you may be excited to meet your new students, earn their trust, and generate excitement for the year of learning ahead. The beginning of a new year is also the perfect time to include and immediately involve parents […]

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    PLS Classes Master’s program at Wilkes recogniz...

    Wilkes University Ranks #4 on The 9 Best Online Master’s in Teaching Programs TheBestSchools.org recently published their list of the nine best online master’s in teaching programs in the US — and we are so proud that our PLS Classes program at Wilkes University came in at #4! The top degree programs were selected based […]

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    Teachers: Do You Have a Mentor?

    No matter how long you have been working in education, you have undoubtedly discovered that teaching can be a highly individualized experience. No two teachers, their styles, or their approaches to learning are the same—nor should they be. However, every teacher should consider having a mentor; someone to learn from, to be inspired by, and […]

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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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    These 14 Facts About the Fourth of July Will Su...

    You know your American history. You know that Betsy Ross designed the American Flag and that Francis Scott Key penned the Star-Spangled Banner during the British bombing of Ft. McHenry during the War of 1812. Think those are all the facts you will need to know to win a July 4th trivia contest this year? […]

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    Steve Barkley’s Summer Reading List for Educators

    Looking for some great books to read this summer? You’re in luck! We asked Steve Barkley, a trusted friend and partner of PLS Classes, to recommend the top books teachers should pick up and digest this summer. Steve is an educational consultant to school districts, teacher organizations, state departments of education, and colleges and universities […]

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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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    Our Cyber Monday deal is back!

    Enroll in a PLS Class now through Thursday, 11/30using one of our two available promo codes: Use Promo Code: GIFTCARD100 To receive a $100 Amazon.com Gift Card* OR Use Promo Code: DISCOUNT100 To receive a $100 discount off your course Rules & Eligibility In order to be eligible for the PLS Classes Cyber Monday promotion, […]

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    National Book Month Promotion

    Happy National Book Month 2023! Register and complete a PLS Classes course and receive a $50 Amazon gift card to expand your classroom library, providing opportunities for your students to explore new adventures through the joy of reading. How It Works: Register for a PLS course before November 27th. Use the promo code BOOKMONTH2023 when […]

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    We’re Thankful for You!

    We’ve Extended our Teacher Appreciation Week Promotion! We know you work hard day after day. That’s why we want to thank you for all that you do. Enroll in a PLS course between Monday, May 8 and Friday, May 19, 2023 and earn a $50 Amazon.com Gift Card* for each course you successfully complete.  How […]

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    Celebrating Women’s History Month with a ...

    March is Women’s History Month – the celebration and acknowledgment of the contributions and achievements of women who have had an everlasting impact on our world. There are a number of ways to share these contributions with your students, and we think reading about them in age-appropriate books is a great place to start! That’s […]

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    Catching up with PLS Instructor, Chris VonVolke...

    PLS instructor, Chris VonVolkenburg, recently taught the course, Developing Executive Function to Empower Learners™ (DEF), on-site. Held at Asbury Woods Nature Center in Erie, Pennsylvania, the 6-week course focused on developing and strengthening executive function in the areas of organization and planning, focus and attention, working memory, effort and resilience, cognitive flexibility, self-directedness, and inhibitory […]

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