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    Take a Break This Summer: Top Podcasts for Educ...

    Summer break represents a much deserved time of rest and relaxation for teachers across the country. It also offers a great opportunity for you to brush up on your core skills, learn about new and inventive teaching best practices, and dig deeper into what you are passionate about. There are many different ways to grow […]

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    Summer is Calling: How to Keep Students Focused...

    The days are getting longer, the air is warm, the sky is full of sunshine, and your students have one thing on their minds — summer vacation! In the weeks preceding summer break, you may find your students are more likely to stare out the window and daydream than focus on your instruction. Follow these […]

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    Elementary School Teachers: Top 10 Ways to Wrap...

    It’s hard to believe — it’s almost the end of another school year! The close of another academic year is bittersweet. After all, you’re so proud of all that your students have achieved and you’re happy to see them move forward, yet on the other hand, boy are you going to miss them! Before you […]

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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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    Summer Goals: Get Ahead, Learn More, Experience...

    Spring has finally sprung and the fresh, warm air promises that summer vacation will be here before you know it! As the school year winds down, you’ll probably be daydreaming about what you are going to do with your time off. After all, summer break is one of the major benefits of being a teacher. […]

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    Classroom Full of Chatterboxes? Five Techniques...

    Students will almost always outnumber teachers, which is why, at times, getting an excited, talkative group of students to focus can be one of the most challenging (and sometimes frustrating) aspects of your day. Regardless of the odds, there are proven techniques that can help you ensure you are maximizing the time available in your […]

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    Happy National High Five Day!

    PLS 3rd Learning is Celebrating National High Five Day! We’re sending out virtual high fives to teachers, students, and parents around the world. We hope this National High Five Day video celebration will inspire you to do some high fiving of your own. Thanks for watching. High five! ✋ […]

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    Get Past the Stress of Standardized Tests

    Standardized testing season is upon us, and these testing weeks can be stressful for teachers, school leadership, parents, and students alike. There is an extreme divide in how individuals feel about the common core standards and methods of teaching and testing. And then there is the pressure of new computer-based testing in some states. If […]

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    10 Stress Busters for Teachers

    As a teacher, you are probably already very aware of the stress that creeps into your workday. And you are not alone. According to a 2016 study, forty-six percent of teachers say they feel high daily stress, which is on par with other intense professions such as nursing and medicine.1 Yes, we can all agree […]

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    What’s New in Tech for Teachers?

    Just as students seek out the latest gadgets and innovations in technology, teachers across the country also benefit from advancements in digital learning that facilitate effective instruction and encourage students to learn to the best of their abilities. To inspire your search for the latest technology to blend or differentiate your instructional methods, we’ve compiled […]

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    The Many Benefits of Learning Online

    Teachers, if you’re considering taking an online class — the advantages are plentiful. Recent statistics show that nearly 6 million students are enrolled in online courses across the U.S.1 That’s approximately one out of four students enrolled in higher education! And there is no sign of online learning slowing down in the near future. The […]

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    Best Practices for Communicating Effectively wi...

    You have a lot in common with your students’ parents. You both want your students to succeed and are motivated to advocate for their achievement. While teachers can be impartial and objective when assessing a student’s performance, a parent may be more naturally inclined to express their frustration when they do not see the results they […]

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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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