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8 eCards to Help You Make it to Winter Break

Posted by Margo Ensz on Wed, Dec 17, 2014 @ 10:00 AM

The weeks leading up to winter break can be a bit chaotic in the classroom. Here are 8 teacher-created ecards to lend comedic relief: 

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Makerspaces for Students With Special Needs

Posted by Margo Ensz on Sat, Dec 13, 2014 @ 01:00 PM

Reposted from Edutopia.org--original article (found here) by Patrick Waters

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Topics: Special Education, Maker Movement

Elementary Winter Activity Round Up

Posted by Margo Ensz on Tue, Dec 09, 2014 @ 03:00 PM

'Tis the season! If you're like us, you have no idea where 2014 went. If you're feeling a little short on classroom ideas to fill out the weeks leading up to winter break, don't worry! We've compiled some great activities and lessons from teachers just like you, spanning subject and ages. Enjoy! 

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Organize Those Anchor Charts!

Posted by Margo Ensz on Thu, Dec 04, 2014 @ 11:10 AM

“Anchor charts are a wonderful tool to document students' thinking and learning and serve as a visual reference of our learning process.  They keep what we are currently learning accessible and enable students to make later connections. Anchor charts 'anchor' our learning, bring focus to a particular strategy or standard we are working on and support students during independent practice, class discussions or whenever they just need a little reminder.” -Around the Kampfire 

We know how vital anchor charts are and how creative teachers are finding ways to incorporate these visuals into everyday lessons. However, what do you do with all the magnificent anchor charts you have created over the year? Surely not throw them away and start from scratch?!

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Topics: Lessons/Activities/Templates, Professional Development

Picture Book Month: Reflections + Lesson Plans

Posted by Julia Cremin on Tue, Dec 02, 2014 @ 01:00 PM

I’ve been particularly drawn to picture books recently, and not just because it was just Picture Book Month. Children of all ages love listening to a story, which makes a read aloud an engaging way to introduce a new unit of study at any grade level.

As a language arts teacher, I frequently use mentor texts as a springboard for discussion about a topic, or to model reading and writing strategies I want students to emulate. Continue reading to learn how I incorporate picture book read alouds in my 6th grade Reading and Language Arts class.

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Topics: Lessons/Activities/Templates, Common Core, Guest Edu Bloggers

How does the Maker Movement "Fit" with Standards?

Posted by Margo Ensz on Tue, Nov 25, 2014 @ 09:55 AM

“Although the Common Core and the Maker Movement grew from two very different places…both reflect a larger shift in how we think about teaching and learning, one that recognizes that rote testing isn’t going to prepare kids for the dynamic world ahead that will ask them to adapt to new technology and problems faster than we have ever had to.”
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Topics: Common Core, Maker Movement

Smart Snacks Requirements: What's the Impact?

Posted by Margo Ensz on Thu, Nov 20, 2014 @ 08:30 AM

The United States Department of Agriculture continues its efforts to create a healthier generation with the introduction of "Smart Snacks in Schools" nutrition standards.

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Topics: Career & Technology Education (CTE)

Maximizing Student Achievement with Classroom Environment

Posted by Margo Ensz on Mon, Nov 17, 2014 @ 12:00 PM

"For students to learn to their full potential, the classroom environment must be of minimum structural quality and contain cues signaling that all students are valued learners."

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Topics: Student Engagement

Tweet, Tweet--Win a VariQuest Sticker Station!

Posted by VariQuest Visual Learning Tools on Wed, Nov 12, 2014 @ 07:56 AM

'Tis the season of giving, and we're happy to announce our latest giveaway! Back by popular demand, we are conducting another Sticker Station giveaway, this time for our Twitter followers! It's easy to win:

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Topics: VariQuest Product Updates

Rural High School Engages District & Community with Student-Based Enterprise

Posted by Margo Ensz on Mon, Nov 10, 2014 @ 02:00 PM

Rural Otterville, Missouri has a new business in town, and its location may surprise you!

November's VariQuest Super School belongs to a district with a K-12 student population of about 250. The high school's Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) chapter encourages and fosters student leadership by using VariQuest Visual Learning Tools to teach business skills.

Otterville High School FBLA Chapter: Meeting School Needs & Engaging the Community

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Topics: Career & Technology Education (CTE), VariQuest Super Schools

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