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Creating Meaningful Context for The Scarlet Letter with Pinterest Boards

Posted by Margo Ensz on Sat, Sep 27, 2014 @ 10:30 AM

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When you teach Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, high school students aren't exactly sitting on the edge of their chairs. In fact, they can be downright bored and frustrated.

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Topics: Lessons/Activities/Templates, Student Engagement, Poster Maker 3600

Our Favorite Back to School Memories

Posted by Margo Ensz on Tue, Sep 23, 2014 @ 08:30 AM

The start of the new school year is a busy time for us here at Varitronics! While we work to make sure our VariQuest Visual Learning Tools are getting educators off to the start of their new year, we took a moment to reflect on our favorite memories from the first days of school. 

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Topics: Guest Edu Bloggers

Show Your School Spirit This Homecoming!

Posted by Margo Ensz on Thu, Sep 18, 2014 @ 03:00 PM

There's nothing liike the anticipation of Homecoming Week! How does your school celebrate Homecoming Spirit Week? Do students dress for a different theme every day? Are there class competitions in addition to athletic competitions? One way to get everyone in the spirit is to transform the hallways! School staff and student groups can help make homecoming enjoyable for everyone this year by facilitating school-wide visuals. 

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Topics: Student Engagement, Poster Maker 3600

What is the Maker Movement, & Why Should You Care?

Posted by Margo Ensz on Mon, Sep 15, 2014 @ 09:50 AM

This post serves as an introduction to our newest series on the Maker Movement and it's impact and implications in education. Watch for more blog posts on the topic and a white paper in the coming weeks. 

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Topics: Differentiated Instruction, Education Policy, Student Engagement, Maker Movement

How Visuals Help Us Learn

Posted by Margo Ensz on Fri, Sep 05, 2014 @ 01:43 PM

Daily Genius came up with this awesome infographic detailing how visuals help us learn last month, and this month Edudemic also covered the story. We were inspired by the facts and figures related to visual learning, and have listed them in a reader-friendly fashion below. The original inforgraphic is also included. Enjoy! 

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Topics: Differentiated Instruction, Poster Maker 3600

Hot Off the Press: 2014-2015 VariQuest Product Catalog

Posted by Margo Ensz on Tue, Sep 02, 2014 @ 09:26 AM

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Topics: Differentiated Instruction, Common Core, Special Education, Career & Technology Education (CTE), VariQuest Product Updates

Best Year Ever: Back to School Resource Roundup

Posted by Margo Ensz on Thu, Aug 28, 2014 @ 11:45 AM

Well folks, it's almost Labor Day weekend, which means the start of the school year is a) days away or b) already underway! If you're still looking for a few activities and resources to fill out the next couple weeks, don't fret! We have compiled some of our favorites. Enjoy, and best of luck with the new school year!

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Topics: Lessons/Activities/Templates, Student Engagement

5 Things I Wish I'd Known My First Year of Teaching

Posted by Margo Ensz on Mon, Aug 25, 2014 @ 10:12 AM

Julia Cremin is a 6th grade Reading, Language Arts and Math teacher at O'Keeffe Middle School in Madison, WI. She is certified in Elementary Education (grades 1-9) with a minor in Mathematics. This is her fourth year teaching middle school. 

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Topics: Professional Development, Guest Edu Bloggers

Back to School: Send Home Teacher "Business Cards"

Posted by Margo Ensz on Wed, Aug 20, 2014 @ 10:24 AM

Parent-teacher communication is vital to the success of any student, and it is important to begin
those relationships early in the year. As a teacher, making yourself accessible and easy to get into contact with is a great gesture to parents. 

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Topics: Lessons/Activities/Templates, Parental Involvement

Back to School Activity: Positing Post-It Questions

Posted by Margo Ensz on Sat, Aug 16, 2014 @ 09:52 AM

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Topics: Lessons/Activities/Templates, Poster Maker 3600

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