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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

The Maker Movement: Supporting Teachers

Posted by Margo Ensz on Wed, Nov 05, 2014 @ 02:30 PM

The Maker Movement is, we admit, a buzz-worthy phrase, but it is a movement that has the power to truly transform education and learning. After President Obama hosted the first ever White House Maker Faire this summer, more schools are working to implement maker spaces in their own halls.  

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Topics: Professional Development, Maker Movement

Grades K-5: Polling our Pupils

Posted by Julia Cremin on Sat, Nov 01, 2014 @ 11:00 AM

With Election Day around the corner, now is the time to get students involved in how the election process works and informed about why it is important for them to be voting citizens.

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Topics: Lessons/Activities/Templates, Poster Maker 3600, Guest Edu Bloggers

Cooperative Learning: A Social Activity

Posted by Margo Ensz on Wed, Oct 29, 2014 @ 10:00 AM

"The best way to learn is to teach.” As Robert Slavin puts it, this is “the secret behind cooperative learning.” So, what is cooperative learning? It is a form of classroom group work that educators deem extremely effective. Instead of competitive or independent goals in group work, cooperative learning emphasizes working together.

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Topics: Differentiated Instruction, Character Education

Grades 6-8: Debating Election Issues

Posted by Julia Cremin on Tue, Oct 28, 2014 @ 02:55 PM

With Election Day around the corner, now is the time to get students involved in how the election process works and informed about why it is important for them to be voting citizens.

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Topics: Lessons/Activities/Templates, Poster Maker 3600, Guest Edu Bloggers

Awesome Poster Alert! The Bones of a Good Essay

Posted by Margo Ensz on Sat, Oct 25, 2014 @ 09:30 AM

This week We Are Teachers released this cool and seasonal poster--"The Bones of a Good Essay." Here's what they had to say:

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Topics: Lessons/Activities/Templates

Synonyms and Antonyms Apple Cutouts: Grades 1-5

Posted by Margo Ensz on Wed, Oct 22, 2014 @ 11:30 AM


Synonyms and antonyms are a vital part of a student's understanding of figurative language, and of words' relationships to each other. Learning the basics of synonyms and antonyms will give students the ability to express themselves more clearly, expand their vocabulary, and add emphasis to their speech and writing. 

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Topics: Lessons/Activities/Templates, Common Core

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