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    Can Listening to Podcasts Help Boost Your Mood?

    Emerging in the early 2000s, podcasts have certainly gained momentum. “From 2008 to 2021, the average percentage of Americans aged 12 and older who listened to a podcast within the last month jumped from 9 percent to 41 percent” (Tutt, 2021). Now there are about 1.7 million podcasts available to listen to, and the number […]

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    It’s Our Favorite Time of the Year

    It’s Teacher Appreciation Week! In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, we want to thank you for all you do as an educator. Enroll in a PLS course between Monday, May 2 and Friday, May 6, 2022 and earn a $75 Target.com GiftCard* for each course you successfully complete.  How It Works: Register for a PLS […]

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    Earth Day Free Printables

    In honor of Earth Day, we’re sharing these free printables to help you introduce some ways in which you can encourage your students to help take care of our planet. Please note, the following grade levels are suggestions. Students can complete either activity regardless of grade. Earth Day Search & Find Grade Levels: K-1 According […]

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    April Quiz: What Flower Are You?

    Roses are red, violets are blue, take our April quiz to discover which flower are you!  […]

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    Help Us Support International Humanitarian Efforts

    For every enrollment between April 1-30, 2022, PLS Classes will donate $10 to the World Central Kitchen (WCK), a worldwide, not-for-profit organization providing meals in response to humanitarian, climate, and community crises. The organization’s most recent effort is serving food to displaced families of Ukraine, providing over one million fresh meals to those fleeing their […]

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    International Children’s Book Giveaway

    To celebrate International Children’s Book Day on April 2nd, we want to give you the opportunity to win some new books for your classroom (or for yourself)! Simply follow the instructions below to be entered for the chance to win a $25 Barnes & Noble eGift Card.* One winner will be randomly selected Monday, April […]

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    Easy as Pi Activities

    March 14th is Pi (π) Day! Pi Day was established by physicist Larry Shaw in 1988. Pi is the ratio of the circumference to the diameter of a circle, meaning that regardless of the circle’s size, the ratio will always equal pi. Fun fact: Did you know that 3.14 is also famed mathematician Albert Einstein’s […]

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    Teaching Empathy to Students

    Empathy is defined by A Very Well Mind as, “the ability to emotionally understand what other people feel, see things from their point of view, and imagine yourself in their place” (Cherry, 2020). Many studies have been published asking if humans are born with empathy or if it’s something that is learned. In a recent […]

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    Free Spring Break Goal Setting Printable

    With the second semester (or third marking period) in full swing, it is safe to say week-long breaks are essential for both teachers and students. Before heading into a well-deserved Spring break, give your students the opportunity to focus on making attainable and fun short-term goals. To help organize these short-term goals, we’ve created this […]

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    Help Your Students Shine Like a STAR!

    We have some exciting news to share with you today!  At PLS Classes, we’re always striving to make sure our courses are relevant and updated for today’s busy teacher. Today, we’re happy to announce that the PLS Class, Successful Teaching for Acceptance of Responsibility™ (STAR) is now available in an on-site and remote learning format […]

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    10 Stores That Offer Teacher Discounts

    According to the New York Times in 2016, 94% of public school teachers spent their own money on classroom supplies. Extra paper, crayons, prize box fillers, classroom decor, etc., can add up. If you’re like many teachers, we’re sure that you incur a lot of additional expenses throughout the year. If you are a teacher […]

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    Free Leprechaun Trap STEM Printable

    St. Patrick’s Day is only a few weeks away! Elementary students are particularly excited about the holiday because they can wear green to school, eat and drink green treats, read stories about the legend of the leprechaun, and participate in fun activities. To help you make this St. Patrick’s Day a golden one, we’re providing […]

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    Six Simple Things You Can Do To Lower Your Risk...

    As the cause of approximately one in every five deaths in the United States, it’s never too early to implement preventive measures for heart disease in your everyday life (NCCDPHP, 2022). According to the American Heart Association (2019), 80% of cardiovascular disease cases are completely preventable, meaning a bit of mindfulness can go a long […]

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    Great Ideas in Teaching

    How to Encourage Student Self-Reflection As We ...

    The beginning of a new year provides an excellent opportunity for students to reflect on their performance to date as well as their goals for the future. Although students might find it intimidating at first, self-reflection can strengthen learning and success both inside and outside of the classroom. Getting students into the practice of contemplation […]

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    New Year, New Ideas from PLS Classes Instructors

    Did you know our instructors at PLS Classes are also K-12 educators? Many are working teachers and others have retired. We recently asked a few of our working instructors to share some insight with us about what is going on in their classrooms, how to support student learning, and new ideas to help kick off […]

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    ‘Tis the Season For Savings!

    Our Year-End Promotion is Here! Enroll in a PLS Class now through Friday, December 30th using one of our two available promo codes: Rules & Eligibility: In order to be eligible for the PLS Classes New Year’s promotion, you must enroll in a PLS Class between Monday, December 26 and Friday, December 30, 2022, using […]

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    Reflection and Goal Setting Printable

    Reflection and goal-setting are important topics to address as we transition into a new year. To help introduce these topics and kick off the new year, this printable encourages students to reflect on 2022 and plan for 2023.  From the lessons they learned to the new things they tried, reflecting on the past year can […]

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    Holiday Classroom Idea: 12 Days of Visitors

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year! As excitement bubbles into your classroom this holiday season, why not sprinkle in some more fun? Today, we’re featuring a holiday activity idea that came to us from Western New York teacher, Allissa Wery. To help spread holiday cheer and change things up in her classroom before […]

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