VariQuest Blog

The VariQuest Visual and Kinesthetic Learning Tools Blog contains resources on classroom ideas, lesson plans, industry news, events, and offers throughout education.

Free Lesson Plan Roundup!

Why Choose Cold Lamination vs. Hot?

How to Write a Grant eBook

How to Write a Grant eBook

This helpful guide includes an explanation of the grant process, including a checklist (with samples!), and useful links and resources to find funding!

Setting Your Classroom Up for Success: Parental Involvement

Professional Development Web Video Series: Glow and Grow

Top 10 Ways to Use VariQuest Perfecta® STP Series Scanners

[Poster] The Engineering Design Cycle

Professional Development Webinar: Growth vs Fixed Mindset

4 Strategies to Promote Student Engagement in your Classroom

The Break Up With Reading: Why Reading for Fun is Important for Students

[eBook] Special Education: Boosting Success for Exceptional Needs Students

A Student-Run Print Shop Teaches CTE Skills at Higgins Middle School

Using Text Dependent Questions for Deeper Comprehension

[eBook] How to Build a Makerspace

[Lesson Plan] Counting Strategies Activity: Build a Fruit Basket

VariQuest Launches New Educational Tools – the Perfecta® 2400STP Poster Design System and Motiva™ 400 Specialty Printing System for the K–12 Market

[Lesson Plan] Order of Operations

[eBook] Grant Funding Guide: How to Write a Grant

What is a Makerspace?

Valentine's Day Classroom Activity - Find who loves what you love!

[Lesson Plan] Celebrate the Chinese New Year!

How 3D Printing is Benefiting Education at Holly Grove Elementary

What's the Difference Between Boy and Girl Brains, When it Comes to STEM?

[Playbook] Building a Career and Technical Education Program for the 21st Century

21st Century Learning at The Career Academy

[Checklist] 6 Steps Toward a 21st Century Learning Environment

[eBook] Hands-On with Minds On: Why STEM Education and 3D Printing are a Perfect Pair

How Does Kinesthetic Learning Benefit STEM? [Infographic]

Professional Development Webinar: Pink Brains vs. Blue Brains: What Neuroscience Teaches Us About STEM

11 Things to Remember to Keep your Passion for Teaching Alive [Poster]

"Explore Your World" Lesson Plan Unit

The Neuroscience of Color

Professional Development Webinar Series: Whole Brain Instruction With a Kinesthetic Approach

Reflection: Lesson Plans for the End of the School Year

Tips to Engage Students While Closing Down Your Classroom and Prepping for the Fall

Make Time Fly! Lesson Plans for the End of the School Year

Thank You Teachers, for All You Do

Upcoming Webinar: Incorporate STEM and Kinesthetic Learning in the Classroom with STEM:IT

The Power of Experiential Learning

Discovery Charter Discovering the Difference with VariQuest

Perfecta™ 2400 Awarded DA’s Top 100 Products of 2016

Introducing the VariQuest Perfecta 3600STP - 36" Full Color Poster Design System

Promoting Meaningful Dialogue in Classroom Discussions

STEM vs. STEAM—Which One is it?

A Tale of Two Entities: a Girl & a 3D Printer

The Billions Behind STEM

VariQuest Opinion Writing Unit for Intermediate Classrooms

What Happens in the Brain When Students Collaborate?

Get Hands-On in VariQuest's Punctuation Writing Resource

Last Year's Perfecta Winner at ISTE: Maggie Helck

End the Year Right!

Top 5 Ed Topics of 2015/16 School Year

Students Aspire to New Heights through Bear Awards

Guide to Successful Parent Teacher Conferences

School Captivates Students with Transformed Classrooms

Every Student Succeeds Act: What We Know Today

NEW! Strengthen Your Instruction with VariQuest Professional Development

Black History Month Activity

Good Teaching Isn't Enough. Be Great!

Perfecta™ 2400 Awarded DA’s Top 100 Products of 2015

Building Fluency with Math Facts

Cover Next Generation Science Standards with Help from VariQuest

What Schools Will Gain from 3D Printing

Maker Movement Gains Traction in the Midwest with NSF Funding

Make Your School Life Easier with VariQuest™ Repositionable Paper

Why Your School Needs Trifecta™ 800 3D Printer

Understanding the Plant Cell: 3 Engaging Activities

How to Promote Anti-Bullying Behavior

Interactive Bulletin Board: Tweet About It!

#TBT: The One-Room Schoolhouse

Soledad O'Brien at ISTE 2015: "Technology for technology’s sake is a complete waste."

Last Year's Perfecta Winner at ISTE: Kitty Herbel

NAESP 2015 Focus Track: Student Achievement Gaps

Promote Student Engagement with the Common Core Toolkit

5 Interactive Bulletin Boards to End the Year!

Student Recognition Made Easy

Menu Math: Lesson Plan for Grades 1-3

Menu Math: Lesson Plan for Grades 4-8

Self Awareness: Lesson Plan for Grades 4-8

The Importance of Kinesthetic Learning

How Will you #ThankATeacher This Week?

EDTalks: A Hmong View of Public Education + Globally Competent Teaching

5 Posters for Earth Day!

Is PBIS Still Relevant?

Makerspaces: High and Low Tech

K-5: Math is Everywhere!

Still Need Resources for Women's History Month?

Women's History Month: Interactive Biography Lesson (3-12)

Response: Where Ed Tech is Failing Special Education

Differentiated, Personalized, Individualized: What's the Difference?

5 Colorful Classroom Management Posters

Helping ELL Students Retain Content with Classroom Visuals

Not Just for Science Fairs: High School Poster Sessions

Students Develop Confidence & Career Skills with Indian Ink (Video)

Supporting Future Educators with VariQuest Visual Learning Tools

Grades 6-8: The Symbolism Behind Animals of the Chinese Zodiac

Grades 9-12: Chinese Dynasties (1,500 BC-Present)

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

Why OERs Matter

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

Title I: 1965 to Today

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

3 Visual Tools for the Dyslexic Student

5 Ways to Improve Teaching with Brain-Based Research

8 eCards to Help You Make it to Winter Break

Makerspaces for Students With Special Needs

Elementary Winter Activity Round Up

Organize Those Anchor Charts!

Picture Book Month: Reflections + Lesson Plans

How does the Maker Movement "Fit" with Standards?

Smart Snacks Requirements: What's the Impact?

Maximizing Student Achievement with Classroom Environment

Tweet, Tweet--Win a VariQuest Sticker Station!

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

The Maker Movement: Supporting Teachers

Grades K-5: Polling our Pupils

Cooperative Learning: A Social Activity

Grades 6-8: Debating Election Issues

Awesome Poster Alert! The Bones of a Good Essay

Synonyms and Antonyms Apple Cutouts: Grades 1-5

The New CTE

Understanding the Maker Movement: A VariQuest White Paper

Setting Goals for Student Growth

Welcome Back to the Future: Meeting the Needs of Common Core

Creating a Culturally Responsive Classroom

Creating Meaningful Context for The Scarlet Letter with Pinterest Boards

Our Favorite Back to School Memories

Show Your School Spirit This Homecoming!

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

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

How NMA is Actively Closing the Achievement Gap

How Visuals Help Us Learn

Best Year Ever: Back to School Resource Roundup

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

Back to School: Send Home Teacher "Business Cards"

Back to School Activity: Positing Post-It Questions

Interactive PDF: Anchor Charts in the 21st Century Classroom

Summer Break: Time for Professional Development

Download Now! Reader's Workshop Launching Unit

VariQuest Visual Learning Tools is Reader's Choice Award Winner!

4 Ways to Pair Anchor Charts with Interactive Whiteboards

Summer Break: Discover New Materials and Resources

What Keeps Principals Up At Night: Determining Your School's Needs

Summer Break: A Time for Reflection and Preparation

Ready, Set, Print! Tips for using your VariQuest Perfecta

VariQuest Highlighted on TechFaster Preview of ISTE

Hot Topics at NAESP: Recommended Reading & Presentations to Attend

Back to Basics: Manipulatives in the Classroom

How New Principals Can Increase Parent Engagement

"Netiquette" Rules Roundup

Visual Learning Technology & Differentiated Instruction

One More Reason to Get Excited for #ISTE2014

Sneak Peek: Reader's Workshop Launching Unit

7 Anchor Charts for ELA Common Core Standards

Interactive PDF: School Environment & Bullying Prevention

On Pinterest? Here's Your Chance for a VariQuest Freebie!

Using Anchor Charts in an Autism Classroom via The Autism Helper

Looking for End of Year Ideas?

Creating Banners for PDF Printing in VariQuest Software

Digging Deeper into Student Engagement

Extend Reading Into Summer with K-5 Students

#ThankATeacher Reflections

School Environment & Culture and Bullying Prevention

Create Posters with PosterMyWall

End-of-Year Activity for Grades 9-12: Spread the Word!

End-of-Year Activity for Grades 6-8: Advice Column Scavenger Hunt

Reaching Goals & Implementing Strategies in ELL classrooms

Cultivating a Culture of Celebrated Academic Success

End of Year Reading Celebration! Idea & Resources for Primary Classrooms

End of Year Reading Celebration! Ideas & Resources for Intermediate & 7-12 Classrooms

End of Year Photo Booth! K-12 Classrooms

Staying on Topic (Intermediate) - Lesson Plan + Templates

Teacher Appreciation Week is May 4-10

Math Problem Solving Strategies (Primary) - Lesson Plan & Templates

Focusing on Common Core: English Language Learners

End of Year Candy Awards for Students and Staff

Introduce Primary Students to the Scientific Method - Lesson Plan + Templates

Character Traits (Intermediate) - ELA Lesson Plan + Templates

4 Ways to Increase Attendance through Involvement

Math Problem Solving Strategies (Intermediate) - Lesson Plan & Templates

Staying on Topic (Primary) - Mini-Lesson Plan & Templates

Use up Classroom "Leftovers" with This End of Year Student Gift

The Scientific Method (Intermediate) - Lesson Plan & Templates

End of Year Recognition Made Easy and Affordable with your VariQuest Awards Maker!

Character Traits (Primary) - Mini Lesson & Templates

The Power of Anchor Charts

Printing in Multiple Sizes: A New VariQuest Feature

Building Character Through Student Recognition

Grades 9-12: Recognizing National Mathematics Awareness Month

Grades 6-8: Exploring Pi

Grades K-5 Lesson: Top Ten VariQuest Math Activities

PDF-To-Poster: A New VariQuest Software Feature

What's new with VariQuest?

Get Ready for Earth Day!

Focusing on Common Core: Are States Pulling Away?

Focusing on Common Core: Students with Disabilities

Focusing on Common Core: What do Teachers Say?

School Environment & the Common Core: A VariQuest eGuide

Curating Content on Pinterest

Policy and a Pint: The State of Education

Edutopia on Common Core & Visual Literacy Strategies

Valentine's Day Fun!

Grades 9-12 Lesson: Creating Infographics to Illustrate Data Trends

Grades 6-8 Lesson: Closing in on the Dream

Grades K-5 Lesson: Exploring African-American Inventors

6 Ways to Engage Students with Visual Aids

3 Ways to Use VariQuest Tools to Implement Common Core Standards

Rethinking Parent Engagement in Urban Schools

Sound Off: The Student Success Act

From Culture to Character: Ways to Increase Student Attendance

Students Develop Career Skills with VariQuest

Grades 9-12: Examining Texts – Identifying Central Idea and Summary

Grades 6-8: Mapping out a Story

Grades K-5: Setting the Foundation for Reading Literature

Perfecta™ 2400 Named One of DA’s Top 100 Products

Close Reading & the Common Core Standards for English Language Arts

Case Study: Minnesota Vocational Program Students Learn Real-World Job Skills, Build Confidence With VariQuest Visual Learning Tools

Case Study: Illinois Elementary School Engages Students With Vibrant Learning Environment Created With VariQuest Visual Learning Tools

How I Talk to Students About Bullying Prevention & Awareness – Part II

Rebuilding a Kindgergarten Classroom After Tragedy

How I Talk to Students About Bullying Prevention & Awareness – Part I

Planning for Success

Getting There: One Teacher’s Professional Development Journey

5 Myths & Mission Statements for Engaging Gifted Learners

Education Reform: Change or Peril?

Launching STEM Initiatives with the VariQuest Cutout Maker

Grades 9-12 Activity: Number Tricks & Algebra

Grades 6-8 Activity: Logic Puzzles

Grades K-5 Activity: Solving Word Problems

Differentiated Activities for Engaging Students with Spelling

Grades 9-12 Activity: Student-centered Learning

Grades 6-8 Activity: Setting up Students for Success

Grades K-5 Activity: Creating Literacy Centers

5 Back-to-school Tips from VariQuest Featuring Wise County Public Schools

Poster Maker for Schools | Visual Learning Tools

3 Simple Ideas for On-the-Spot Student Recognition

Barack Obama

Activities for Students with Speech/Language Difficulties

Tools to Define and Communicate Clear Expectations

Activities to Promote Positive Behavior

Water Cycle

Geometric Shapes

North American Explorers

Diversity, Tolerance and Acceptance

Biography Book Report

Teach Healthy Eating Habits with the MyPlate eBook Activity Guide

Colors – Paint Lesson Plan

Shapes Lesson Plan - House/Train

Numbers: Ladybug Lesson Plan

Letters-Alphabet Puzzle Pieces Lesson Plan

Creating a Visual Learning Environment Using 21st Century Die-Cutters: White Paper

Differentiated Instruction Webinar: How to use the VariQuest tools to enhance your instructional strategies and classroom management techniques

Visual Learning Webinar: Develop Student Thinking Skills with VariQuest and Inspiration

Incorporating Technology in Your School Using VariQuest

Instructional Strategies for ELL Students Using VariQuest

3 Simple Ideas for On-the-Spot Student Recognition

Poster Maker for Schools | Visual Learning Tools