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Show Your School Spirit This Homecoming!

 
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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. 

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

 
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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. 

How NMA is Actively Closing the Achievement Gap

 
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New Millennium Academy, a K-8 charter school in Minneapolis, is remarkable for a number of reasons. Its mission, “To build a better life for our students by creating an environment of high academic achievement while preserving Hmong Culture and literacy,” encapsulates the school’s unique focus (read more about the school here), but for a moment let’s examine New Millennium Academy’s vision: “To close the achievement gap and be recognized as one of the top ten charter schools in Minnesota.”

"It's Working:" Case Study of New Millennium Academy

 
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Mission: 
To build a better life for our students by creating an environment of high academic achievement while preserving Hmong culture and literacy. 

 

How Visuals Help Us Learn

 
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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! 

Hot Off the Press: 2014-2015 VariQuest Product Catalog

 
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We are excited to announce the release of our brand new 2014-2015 VariQuest Product Catalog! 

Best Year Ever: Back to School Resource Roundup

 
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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!

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

 
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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. 

Back to School: Send Home Teacher "Business Cards"

 
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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. 

We love the idea of using a magnet as a business card of sorts to send home with students. Parents can of course program your information into their phones and computers, but there's something about a magnet on a fridge that has extra staying power! 


Back to School Activity: Positing Post-It Questions

 
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In our effort to bring you only the best and most innovative classroom practices, we recently went on a Pinterest searching spree for back to school and first day activities. We focused on interactive activities, and this activity from Miss Klohn's Classroom and Dandilions and Dragonflies was one of our favorites.

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