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Menu Math: Lesson Plan for Grades 1-3

Posted by Geena Maharaj on Fri, May 22, 2015 @ 04:28 PM

The following lesson plan is part of our partnership with two creative educators from The Curriculum Corner, bringing you free Common Core aligned lesson ideas, teacher resources, and templates you can easily print with your VariQuest™ Perfecta™ 2400 or your VariQuest™ Poster Maker 3600 - just be sure you have the latest VariQuest Software v4.0!

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Topics: Lessons/Activities/Templates, Student Engagement

Menu Math: Lesson Plan for Grades 4-8

Posted by Geena Maharaj on Fri, May 22, 2015 @ 08:23 AM

This lesson plan is part of our partnership with two creative educators from The Curriculum Corner, bringing you free Common Core aligned lesson ideas, teacher resources, and templates you can easily print with your VariQuest™ Perfecta™ 2400 or your VariQuest™ Poster Maker 3600 - just be sure you have the latest VariQuest Software v4.0!

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Topics: Lessons/Activities/Templates, Student Engagement, Academic Subject: STEM

Self Awareness: Lesson Plan for Grades 4-8

Posted by Geena Maharaj on Mon, May 18, 2015 @ 10:27 AM

This lesson plan is part of our partnership with two creative educators from The Curriculum Corner, bringing you free Common Core aligned lesson ideas, teacher resources, and templates you can easily print with your VariQuest™ Perfecta™ 2400 or VariQuest™ Poster Maker 3600 - just be sure you have the latest VariQuest Software v4.0!

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Topics: Lessons/Activities/Templates, Student Engagement

The Importance of Kinesthetic Learning

Posted by Geena Maharaj on Wed, May 13, 2015 @ 08:39 AM

Imagine if educators were required by law to hand out straitjackets to students before school started. There's no filibuster long enough that could save any lawmaker from the angry mob of parents and teachers that would follow.

But where's the public outcry when that immobilizing jacket is invisible? Students' ears are constantly being fed with information, and their eyes are getting their fill, too. But without the use of kinesthetic tactics in teaching, retention rates among students plummet.

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Topics: Maker Movement

How Will you #ThankATeacher This Week?

Posted by Margo Ensz on Tue, May 05, 2015 @ 10:30 AM

If you can read this, #ThankATeacher. If you can calculate a tip, #ThankATeacher. If you learned  a second language, #ThankATeacher. What do you thank a teacher for? It's National Teacher Appreciation Week!

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Topics: Recognition

EDTalks: A Hmong View of Public Education + Globally Competent Teaching

Posted by Margo Ensz on Tue, Apr 28, 2015 @ 10:00 AM

On a chilly Monday in Minneapolis, two women shared their dynamic experiences in education to an at-capacity Icehouse, a unique venue for this month's EDTalks.

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Topics: Education Policy

5 Posters for Earth Day!

Posted by Margo Ensz on Mon, Apr 20, 2015 @ 12:36 PM

Earth Day is Wednesday, April 22nd. This special holiday provides an opportunity to teach children and young adults about sustainability, day-to-day "green" practices and the importance of environmental care. Below are 5 high-resolution, downloadable posters meant to provoke thoughts, lend ideas, and inspire students, staff, and parents to make green choices.

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Topics: Lessons/Activities/Templates

Is PBIS Still Relevant?

Posted by Margo Ensz on Tue, Apr 14, 2015 @ 10:00 AM

“One of the foremost advances in school-wide discipline is the emphasis on school-wide systems of support that include proactive strategies for defining, teaching, and supporting appropriate student behaviors to create positive school environments.” (source)

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Topics: Student Engagement, Character Education

Makerspaces: High and Low Tech

Posted by Geena Maharaj on Thu, Apr 09, 2015 @ 01:44 PM

If you've been keeping up on education trends lately, chances are you’re familiar with the recent emphasis on doing, creating, crafting, constructing, designing, building…essentially, making! From using laser cutters to building a house of LEGO® bricks, the goal is to make. The importance of this multidisciplinary hands-on learning has been sweeping the nation, one makerspace at a time.

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Topics: Maker Movement

K-5: Math is Everywhere!

Posted by Margo Ensz on Tue, Mar 31, 2015 @ 01:00 PM

April is Mathematics Awareness Month! This year's theme is "Math Drives Careers."

Math can be an engaging and intuitive subject for some students, but often it is a dry subject for others. These students ask, "When will I use this in real life?" One way to answer that question and engage learners is to demonstrate that math is all around us. 

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Topics: STEM

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