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Easy Learning This Summer with Toys

Many children look forward to going to school and are excited by learning new things. When it comes to summer, kids are ready to head outdoors and get in some serious play time. It can be difficult to maintain the same level of attention from children around summer time, but that is when you get to put on your own thinking cap and get creative! Every child loves to play with toys, so if you can incorporate learning with playing, you have a recipe for success.

Go with the Flow and Head Outdoors

If you are able to, enjoy the warm weather and take your lessons outside, or bring the outdoors into your classroom. Introduce your young students to a kid-friendly microscope and let them investigate everyday objects up close. Set up an “exploration station” for students to use on their own through…

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Five Ways To Create a Healthy School Climate

When children feel cared for by the adults in their school, it creates a sense of belonging and trust. Collaborative and caring interactions boost self-esteem. In turn, self-esteem boosts academic achievement and decreases problem behavior like bullying.

Here are five ways to create a healthy school climate:

  1. Create a school-wide plan.
  2. Get everybody on board. All teachers, staff, students and parents need to feel like they have an investment in creating a positive school climate. Why? Positive and safe schools are necessary in order for students to learn and thrive, for teachers to enjoy and continue their work and for parents to feel like they have a connection to their child’s academic world. 

  3. Teach behavior expectations.
  4. If …
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3 Tips for Great Question Writing

[caption id="attachment_9141" align="alignleft" width="300"] Figure 1. Tower of Hanoi Puzzle[/caption]

Count the number of moves required to duplicate the exact arrangement of disks on the first tower and the last tower.

Rules: Only move one disk at a time. You may never place a larger disk on top of a smaller disk.

Hint: Sketch out your strategy versus trying to walk through the steps in your head.

Possible answers: 5, 7, 9 or 11 moves


Most blog posts don’t open with an assignment for the reader. Why have I chosen to do so? And do you even care why, or are you hoping that in the next few lines I will reveal the correct answer? Chances are, if you actually tried out the puzzle above, you want to know the sol…

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16 Best Teaching Tumblrs

If you like reading education blogs, you’re probably already familiar with Teach100; the blog is a great one-stop shop for writing tips from student teachers to school counselors.

But if you’re short on time, microblogs like Tumblrs may be more your speed. Since they’re designed as a way to quickly share — whether it’s thoughts, pictures, or news clippings — Tumblrs are fun and easy to skim, as well as participate in.

Here are a few of our favorite education blogs (in no particular order), ranging from silly to serious, for the next time you need a quick, fun or informative read:

  1. I don’t do, I teach
  2. This blog is mainly a source of hilarious .gifs about the teaching experience, but also answers (h…
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Student Teaching: Teaching Your First Classroom

Your student teaching experience is the first step to becoming a transformative teacher. This time in your education (whether through your Bachelors or Master of Arts in Teaching degree) provides you with hands-on experience in the classroom, and allows you to develop your personal teaching style.

Feeling nervous or apprehensive? Totally normal. The following guest post is from Pro Student Teacher, a blog dedicated to providing aspiring teachers with helpful hints to navigate their student teaching experience and be prepared for their first years of teaching.


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Welcome to Student Teaching

Your student teaching experience is the first step to becoming a transformative teacher. This time in your education (whether through your Bachelors or Master of Arts in Teaching degree) provides you with hands-on experience in the classroom, and allows you to develop your personal teaching style.

Feeling nervous or apprehensive? Totally normal. The following guest post is from Pro Student Teacher, a blog dedicated to providing aspiring teachers with helpful hints to navigate their student teaching experience and be prepared for their first years of teaching.


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10 Coursera Classes to Boost Your Teaching Skills

It’s back to school for your students, but have you considered a few courses for yourself? If you want to acquire tools for helping kids with special needs, get acquainted with helpful ed tech and learn some leadership skills to get closer to that school principal position. With online education site Coursera, you can take free classes to advance your skills and career.

Keep learning! Click on the course title to learn more about these classes, which take place fall through winter:


1. Surviving Your Rookie Year of Teaching: 3 Key Ideas & High Leverage Techniques

  • School: UNSW Australia
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