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4 Ways to Celebrate the 100th Day of School with VariQuest Visual Learning Tools

Posted by Margo Ensz on Wed, Jan 28, 2015 @ 09:11 AM

The 100th day of school is an exciting time for many primary students. Use your VariQuest Visual Learning Tools to enhance the celebration!


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Topics: Lessons/Activities/Templates

Why OERs Matter

Posted by Margo Ensz on Mon, Jan 26, 2015 @ 02:00 PM

Open Educational Resources, or OERs, have been around since the 1990s, however current technology has propelled OERs to the mainstream. Because the structure of the educational system is by nature exclusive, the ultimate goal of open educational resources is to make high-quality education available for any person to access at no cost. Because of revolutionary technologies of knowledge delivery, the world is closer to this point than at any other time. 

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Topics: Professional Development

Chinese New Year: Compare, Contrast, and Celebrate! (K-5 Lesson)

Posted by Julia Cremin on Thu, Jan 22, 2015 @ 02:30 PM

The Chinese New Year falls on February 19, 2015. In this lesson, students will read about Chinese New Year traditions, compare them to American traditions, then celebrate by practicing one of the Chinese New Year traditions.

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Topics: Lessons/Activities/Templates

Title I: 1965 to Today

Posted by Margo Ensz on Tue, Jan 20, 2015 @ 10:30 AM

April 11, 1965. President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965:

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Topics: Education Policy

Martin Luther King Jr: A Fact or Opinion Mini-Lesson (Grades 3-8)

Posted by Margo Ensz on Wed, Jan 14, 2015 @ 11:00 AM

Subjects: Arts & Humanities, Civics, Holidays, Language Arts, Social Studies, U.S. History 

Grades: 3-5, 6-8

In this lesson, adapted from an activity on Education World,  students will reinforce their understanding of fact and opinion while learning about the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. 

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Topics: Lessons/Activities/Templates, Poster Maker 3600

3 Visual Tools for the Dyslexic Student

Posted by Margo Ensz on Mon, Jan 12, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

Students with dyslexia are highly visual learners who benefit from multi-sensory learning environments. Because dyslexic students have a dominant right brain, it takes strategic effort and care to engage the left side of the brain. Engaging multiple sensory experiences into instruction will then engage multiple areas of the brain. This helps dyslexic students make connections, strenghthen their left brain, and better retain information. (source) Students with dyslexia tend to be more visual in learning, therefore, visual tools are vital to their sucess in grasping concepts and problem solving.

Here are three visual tools that can help students with dyslexia make connections, retain information, and deepen learning: 

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Topics: Differentiated Instruction

5 Ways to Improve Teaching with Brain-Based Research

Posted by Melissa Hughes, Ph.D. on Tue, Jan 06, 2015 @ 11:46 AM

Republished with permission from Melissa Hughes, Ph.D. Original article posted on December 2, 2014

There has been a lot of buzz lately around the maker movement. Recent brain-based research support the notion that hands-on making, building, and creating not only nurture creativity, but also impact cognition, working memory, and innovative problem solving. While we don’t have to have the working knowledge of neuroscientists, if we're going to improve our practice of teaching it's important to understand how the brain learns. 

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Topics: Professional Development, Guest Edu Bloggers, Maker Movement

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 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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