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Student Engagement | Featured Topics: Student Engagement | Kinesthetic Learning | student achievement | Funding | social-emotional learning | visual learning

Have You Spent Your COVID Relief Funding?

By: VariQuest Visual and Kinesthetic Learning Suite
August 16th, 2022

Now, don't panic yet...but ESSER I funding is expiring on September 30th, 2022. It's "use it or lose it" crunch time. ESSER II funding ends September 30th, 2023. ESSER III funding ends September 30th, 2024. According to a FutureEd analysis, most schools focused on spending their funding dollars on academic recovery, staffing, and school facilities and operations. Followed by technology, mental and physical health supports, and other miscellaneous financials, you, of course, have lots to consider as you determine how to finalize your spending of these precious funds.

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Student Engagement | VariQuest Tools: Cold Laminator 2510 | VariQuest Tools: Motiva 400 | VariQuest Tools: Perfecta 2400STP | VariQuest Tools: Perfecta 3600STP | VariQuest Tools: Perfecta 2400PRO

Increase Student Engagement With VariQuest Tools

By: VariQuest Visual and Kinesthetic Learning Suite
August 4th, 2022

At VariQuest, we are your trusted source for the tools and resources you need to make your classroom a more powerful learning experience for students. The learning tools for visual learners we offer can help teachers teach more effectively and with greater ease and also help your students excel in their ability to absorb, comprehend, and retain educational information.

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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!

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Lessons/Activities/Templates | Student Engagement | Parental Involvement | Grade Level: Primary (PK-2) | Grade Level: Intermediate (3-6) | Featured Topics: Lessons and Activities | social-emotional learning | classroom management

[Lesson Plan] Morning Welcome Activity for Elementary Teachers

By: VariQuest Visual and Kinesthetic Learning Suite
July 20th, 2022

Belonging. Community. Inclusive. Comfortable. These words describe the environment that educators work so hard to achieve in their classrooms and school buildings. Our students need our help and support now more than ever, as we all work through challenging and divisive times. When a student enters your classroom for the first time or the 100th time, you want them to feel like they belong, and that for the short time they're with you, they are in supportive surroundings where they can fully focus on learning and growing. Enter the morning welcome - a way to set the tone for every day. In partnership with Cathy Henry, an educator and founder of The Curriculum Corner and Free Word Work, we've created this Morning Welcome Activity lesson plan and download pack for Elementary teachers to help introduce students to their day in the classroom - the moment they step foot through the door. And it not only helps students settle in for their day, but it teaches them valuable social-emotional learning skills in the process.

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Recognition | Student Engagement | VariQuest Tools: Cutout Maker 1800 | Featured Topics: Student Engagement | Featured Topics: Professional Development | student achievement | social-emotional learning | classroom management

Bulletin Board Ideas for Your Classroom & School Building

By: VariQuest Visual and Kinesthetic Learning Suite
June 30th, 2022

When it comes to bulletin boards, the creativity that educators display knows no bounds. It's the timeless school décor that brings back the most familiar and fondest of memories for both young and old. As you plan for the upcoming school year, here are some fun bulletin board ideas to implement in your classroom or school building!

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Professional Development | Recognition | Student Engagement | Parental Involvement | Featured Topics: Student Engagement | Featured Topics: Professional Development | student achievement | social-emotional learning | VariQuest Resource Center | classroom management

4 (plus more) Professional Development Videos for Educators

By: VariQuest Visual and Kinesthetic Learning Suite
June 16th, 2022

When it comes to professional growth as an educator, you have a lot of choices to expand your skillset to help your students and further your goals, but your time is precious. From continuing education on social-emotional development and neuroscience, to tactical strategies for learning in the classroom, we at VariQuest have put together a list of some of our best professional development webinar and video opportunities for educators to help you fill your teaching toolbox with valuable resources and future-forming assets.

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VariQuest Tools: Cold Laminator 2510 | classroom management

What is the Difference Between Hot and Cold Laminating?

By: VariQuest Visual and Kinesthetic Learning Suite
June 2nd, 2022

Depending on your particular requirements and budget, you may want to use hot or cold lamination to laminate materials. Items that are subject to cold lamination are placed under pressure, while hot laminating may damage certain items due to applied heat. Each technique, however, uses a film to laminate the material, and the strength of the lamination and its durability depend on the thickness of the film used. Lamination also provides wipe-clean surfaces for your materials, making them easy to frequently disinfect. At VariQuest, we offer an energy-efficient, easy-to-use cold lamination machine, the Cold Laminator 2510, to help you preserve and protect banners, posters, and bulletin board cutouts for repeated yearly use.

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Lessons/Activities/Templates | Student Engagement | Parental Involvement | Grade Level: Primary (PK-2) | Grade Level: Intermediate (3-6) | Featured Topics: Lessons and Activities | social-emotional learning | classroom management

[Lesson Plan] Create a Motivation Station for Your Classroom

By: VariQuest Visual and Kinesthetic Learning Suite
May 19th, 2022

After the last two years being anything but normal, you might be on a constant quest for ideas and ways to support the social-emotional wellbeing of your students and boost their self-esteem. Social-emotional learning (SEL) has become a critical focus in helping our students grow not only personally, but academically as well. In partnership with Cathy Henry, an educator and founder of The Curriculum Corner and Free Word Work, we've created this Motivation Station Social-Emotional Lesson Plan activity to help spread a little positivity! And it's not only approaching the topic from a self-love standpoint, but encourages peer-to-peer support as well!

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Academic Subject: Reading | virtual learning

Tips to Choose the Right Visual Aids for Your In-Class Teaching

By: VariQuest Visual and Kinesthetic Learning Suite
May 12th, 2022

At VariQuest, we empower students and educators with effective teaching and learning aids to help them benefit in an enhanced classroom experience. From our selection of academic visual teaching tools, you can literally transform your classroom into another level of learning that achieves fantastic results. Visual aid posters in the classroom can make learning both fun and easy.

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Perfecta | Student Engagement | Grade Level: Post-secondary (12+) | Grade Level: Secondary (7-12) | VariQuest Tools: Cutout Maker 1800 | Kinesthetic Learning | Project-based Learning | VariQuest Tools: Perfecta 2400STP | Academic Subject: Reading | VariQuest Tools: Perfecta 3600STP | social-emotional learning | visual learning | VariQuest Tools: Perfecta 2400PRO | Engage Every Learner Content

[Videos] What are the Best Educational Tools for Schools? #variquestvalue

By: VariQuest Visual and Kinesthetic Learning Suite
May 4th, 2022

Have you ever wondered why we choose to work for VariQuest? We've got a whole team of dedicated employees and in our new promotional video series, #variquestvalue, you can hear their unique stories and perspective on our brand and the value our products and services bring to our customers!

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[Download] VariQuest Work Request Form

By: VariQuest Visual and Kinesthetic Learning Suite
April 28th, 2022

We appreciate teachers, we appreciate principals, we appreciate admins, we appreciate paraprofessionals, we appreciate parent volunteers, and we appreciate all other school building staff members. Most importantly, we appreciate everyone who works tirelessly to educate and support the education of students. And we know educators and school staff appreciate all the help they can get. The VariQuest Perfecta® Poster Design System, Cutout Maker 1800 Digital Die-Cut System, and Motiva® 400 Specialty Printing System are tools designed to help educators and students create vibrant, colorful visual learning and promotional supports. Using the VariQuest Design Software containing thousands of templates, cutouts, graphics, fonts, and collections in our Engage Every Learner® Content, the possibilities are endless.  And because there's so much to choose from, we've created a helpful tool to save time and make creating even easier - especially when you have help! VariQuest Customers can download and utilize our new work request forms, tailored to each VariQuest product, now available free for customers in the Teacher Resources section on the VariQuest Resource Center!

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