INSIGHTS & INSPIRATIONS

With testing season upon us, it's important that you find ways to reduce students' test anxiety and help them relax. Yoga, for example, has been shown to have numerous health and academic benefits, such as improving memory and focus, encouraging community within the school and classroom, and providing students with healthy ways to express their emotions and behavior. In the first of this month's featured Insights and Inspirations articles, we discuss additional reasons to utilize yoga in education settings and provide you with the tips and information you need to start using yoga in your classroom. Read More...
Summer is fast approaching! Make sure you help your students avoid summer learning loss by encouraging them to keep learning outside of the classroom during their summer break from school. Summer learning loss continues to be a major issue, and in the second of this month's featured Insights and Inspirations articles, we talk about the importance of focusing on summer learning materials and activities that emphasize skill maintenance. We also provide tips on how you can give parents the resources they need to help them feel more comfortable facilitating their child's learning at home during the summer months. Read More...

Challenging Behaviors

Addressing Challenging Behaviors
Prevention Techniques to Address Challenging Behaviors in the Classroom Whether a child hits others, uses ...Continue Reading...

Classroom Setup

Choosing an Educational Carpet or Rug
Educational carpets and area rugs can help brighten your classroom or child care center and make the space more ...Continue Reading...

Current Issues

Addressing Bullying In Schools
Recent social movements resulting from teen suicides and traumatic school shootings have brought increased attention ...Continue Reading...

Engineering

Engineering and Design Learning Opportunities
Whether it's a sandcastle or a miniature replica of a famous building, children love to build things. Giving ...Continue Reading...

Faith-Based Programs

Creating a Faith-Based Learning Environment for Children
Creating a calm, safe learning environment is essential to children's overall growth and development. The colors you ...Continue Reading...

Family Engagement

Dealing with Challenging Family Members
As an educator, you are undoubtedly going to feel frustrated with the parents and family members of the children in ...Continue Reading...

Furniture

Choosing an Educational Carpet or Rug
Educational carpets and area rugs can help brighten your classroom or child care center and make the space more ...Continue Reading...

Inclusive Classroom

Supporting Children with Autism
Children who are diagnosed with autism or another type of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) struggle with social ...Continue Reading...

Instructional Strategies

Adding Rigor to Gardening Projects
Gardening provides a variety of hands-on, project-based learning experiences for elementary students. Adding rigor ...Continue Reading...

Literacy

Designing Your Classroom Reading Area
How you set up your classroom reading area will ultimately affect how successful reading time is for your students. ...Continue Reading...

Math

Explaining Daylight Saving Time to Children
Explaining why time changes two times each year in many countries and in most of the United States is a part of ...Continue Reading...

Miscellaneous

Criteria for Choosing Items for Children's Use
As a teacher, picking out new items for your classroom is always exciting (and a little nerve wracking). You want to ...Continue Reading...

Outdoor Spaces

Adding Rigor to Gardening Projects
Gardening provides a variety of hands-on, project-based learning experiences for elementary students. Adding rigor ...Continue Reading...

School Readiness

Helping Kids Avoid Summer Learning Loss
The word "summer" invokes images of vacations, spending time with family and friends, and outdoor ...Continue Reading...

Science

Educating Children About Weather and Climate
Children are often scared of thunderstorms, but they love jumping in puddles of water and looking at rainbows after ...Continue Reading...

Social & Emotional Development

Addressing Challenging Behaviors
Prevention Techniques to Address Challenging Behaviors in the Classroom Whether a child hits others, uses ...Continue Reading...

STEM

Using Block Play to Promote STEM
Block play has long been a favorite learning center in preschool classrooms and child care centers, but it can also ...Continue Reading...

Teaching Tools

CCEI vs. Quorum: Which Online Professional Development Opportunity Works Best for You?
Professional development courses and trainings help keep early childhood and school-age educators up to date on the ...Continue Reading...

Technology

Using Cameras and Video Cameras as Learning Tools
Do you use cameras and video cameras to facilitate learning and support family engagement in your elementary ...Continue Reading...

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