VariQuest Blog

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

Blog Feature

Academic Subject: English Language Arts | VariQuest Tools: Perfecta 2400 | VariQuest Tools: Poster Maker 3600 | Featured Topics: Templates for FREE download

Awesome Poster Alert! The Bones of a Good Essay

By: Margo Ensz
October 25th, 2014

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

Read More

Share

Blog Feature

Featured Topics: Character Education | VariQuest Tools: Poster Maker 3600 | VariQuest Tools: Cutout Maker 1800 | Academic Subject: Arts and Music

Setting Goals for Student Growth

By: Julia Cremin
October 11th, 2014

Whether we like it or not, high stakes testing has arrived. One of our main responsibilities as educators is to prepare students for success on these tests. For students to succeed, we must get students’ buy in on the importance of these tests. If students own their growth in their test scores, they are more likely to take the test seriously. They are also more likely to invest time into their education, which is what we ultimately are trying to achieve.

Read More

Share

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!

Blog Feature

VariQuest Tools: Poster Maker 3600 | Featured Topics: Student Engagement

Creating a Culturally Responsive Classroom

By: Margo Ensz
October 1st, 2014

Students perform better when they feel like they are a part of a classroom and school community. Use culturally responsive practices to create a learning community where all students are engaged.

Read More

Share

Blog Feature

Academic Subject: English Language Arts | Grade Level: Secondary (7-12) | VariQuest Tools: Poster Maker 3600 | Featured Topics: Lessons and Activities

Creating Meaningful Context for The Scarlet Letter with Pinterest Boards

By: Margo Ensz
September 27th, 2014

When you teach Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, high school students aren't exactly sitting on the edge of their chairs. In fact, they can be downright bored and frustrated.

Read More

Share

Blog Feature

VariQuest Tools: Poster Maker 3600 | VariQuest Tools: Cutout Maker 1800 | VariQuest Tools: Awards Maker 400 | Featured Topics: Classroom Celebrations/Holidays | Featured Topics: Student Engagement

Show Your School Spirit This Homecoming!

By: Margo Ensz
September 18th, 2014

There's nothing liike the anticipation of Homecoming Week! How does your school celebrate Homecoming Spirit Week? Do students dress for a different theme every day? Are there class competitions in addition to athletic competitions? One way to get everyone in the spirit is to transform the hallways! School staff and student groups can help make homecoming enjoyable for everyone this year by facilitating school-wide visuals. 

Read More

Share

Blog Feature

Featured Topics: Industry News and Trends | Featured Topics: Differentiated Instruction | VariQuest Tools: Poster Maker 3600 | VariQuest Tools: Cutout Maker 1800 | Featured Topics: Student Engagement

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

By: Margo Ensz
September 10th, 2014

Mission: 
To build a better life for our students by creating an environment of high academic achievement while preserving Hmong culture and literacy.  
Vision:
To close the achievement gap and be recognized as one of the top ten charter schools in Minnesota.

Read More

Share

Blog Feature

Featured Topics: Industry News and Trends | VariQuest Tools: Poster Maker 3600 | VariQuest Tools: Cutout Maker 1800 | Featured Topics: Education Policy

How NMA is Actively Closing the Achievement Gap

By: Margo Ensz
September 9th, 2014

 

Read More

Share

Blog Feature

Grade Level: Primary (PK-2) | Grade Level: Secondary (7-12) | Grade Level: Intermediate (3-6) | VariQuest Tools: Poster Maker 3600 | Featured Topics: Lessons and Activities | Featured Topics: Templates for FREE download

Back to School Activity: Positing Post-It Questions

By: Margo Ensz
August 16th, 2014

Read More

Share

Blog Feature

VariQuest Tools: Design Center Software | VariQuest Tools: Perfecta 2400 | VariQuest Tools: Poster Maker 3600 | VariQuest Tools: Cutout Maker 1800 | VariQuest Tools: Awards Maker 400 | VariQuest Tools: Cold Laminator 2510 | Featured Topics: Professional Development

VariQuest Highlighted on TechFaster Preview of ISTE

By: Margo Ensz
July 8th, 2014

We were thrilled to be an Editor's Choice for TechFaster's preview of this year's ISTE conference. Ashley Allen, a staff writer for TechFaster, spoke to our Director of Marketing and New Product Development, Nina Swienton mid June. Check it out! You can see the original article here.

Read More

Share

Blog Feature

Featured Topics: Differentiated Instruction | VariQuest Tools: Poster Maker 3600

Reaching Goals & Implementing Strategies in ELL classrooms

By: Margo Ensz
May 6th, 2014

Sherman Oaks School is a TK-6 Two-Way Spanish Dual Immersion School located in San Jose, CA, the heart of Silicon Valley. The school has 520 students enrolled, including many out-of-district families who enroll for the dual language experience. With 72% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch, the entire school is Title I funded. Perhaps the most remarkable aspect of this learning community, however, is the 70% of students who are English Language Learners, or, ELLs. This month we are thrilled to recognize Sherman Oaks for their commitment to student success and academic achievement. 

Read More

Share