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Welcome Back from Winter Break

Returning from winter break can be difficult. Students (and teachers) are accustomed to sleeping in, following their own schedules, and relaxing. It can be tough to return to the routine. Make the adjustment easier by using one of the following strategies. 1.) Make New Year’s Resolutions for School Returning from winter break is a great.

Supporting Civil Discourse in Classrooms

Most Americans believe that civility has severely declined over the past two decades. We hear stories daily about ridicule, bullying, and simple rudeness – and these stories are happening in homes, classrooms, on the Internet, and in businesses. There are several reasons for this decline. Some scholars suggest that as society has become more informal.

Super Social Studies

  “This is boring.” “Why do we have to learn this?” “My students don’t like Social Studies.” Why do students dread Social Studies and why do teachers find teaching Social Studies frustrating? There are many possible answers to this dilemma, but I suspect that a major cause is the marginalization of Social Studies due to.

Creativity and the Internet

  The information age has brought profound change to the delivery and volume of communication. Since the invention of the World Wide Web in 1990, the ways that we source information have radically changed. More than 3.7 billion people now use the internet. Every second, approximately 40,000 Google searches are conducted to easily and rapidly.

Promoting Public Service

  Our communities depend on individuals that believe in public service. How can we inspire and nurture public service with elementary students? First, have a discussion about the meaning of public service. Discuss different ways that public employees help the community. Brainstorm services provided by public servants. (firefighters, lawmakers, military personnel, postal delivery, teachers, and.

Basics of Creative Problem Solving

What is Creative Problem Solving? Creative Problem Solving is a process of breaking down a problem, generating multiple solutions, and evaluating ideas for the most effective result. The process was first formalized by Alex Osborne and Sidney Parnes in the 1950s. It has been taught in a variety of programs since that time to encourage.

Creative Problem Solving Strategies

Students need to experience creative problem-solving opportunities to prepare for the 21stcentury. Adobe recently surveyed 2,000 educators and policymakers from around the world. Three quarters of respondents predicted that careers which require creative problem-solving skills are less likely to be adversely impacted by automation and machine learning. Students need to be taught these critical skills.

More Facts than Fiction Please!

State and national standards are changing to emphasize the reading of more informational texts in elementary grades. In fact, Common Core standards require that 50% of reading in elementary grades should focus on reading non-fiction, informational text. Why? Reading informational text in elementary school prepares students for high school and college. Most of the text.

Social Studies Matters Today

In an age when you can find facts about geography and history in your phone, some may wonder about the purpose of social studies education. Social studies matters more than ever. Four Reasons to Study Social Studies in the Information Age: 1.) Information is everywhere (and it isn’t always fact-checked). We are inundated with information every.

Moving to Learn

The growing field of educational neuroscience supports a critical connection between movement and learning. But this area of study is nothing new. Maria Montessori highlighted the importance of the mind/body connection and movement during learning in her book, The Secret of Childhood, written in 1936. Early childhood studies have also linked early sitting and walking.
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