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How to Keep Your Students Feeling Safe and Calm During Lockdown Drills

January 14th, 2020

Today’s students are growing up in a time and place where active shooter lockdown drills are as commonplace as parent-teacher conferences and ice cream socials. While the need for such rehearsals is a reality of today’s society, we must be aware that such drills may be stressful on our students. No matter the age of… Continue Reading >

The Eight Best Teacher Blogs for Innovative Educators Like You

January 7th, 2020

Like our favorite teacher always said, sharing is caring. We love our PLS Classes Blog, but we also enjoy learning from other educators! We scoured the web and found the following teacher-focused blogs which provide valuable perspective to teachers who are looking for creative and innovative ways to improve student outcomes. Check out our findings… Continue Reading >

SMART Goal Setting for the New Year

December 31st, 2019

What was your New Year’s resolution last year? Did you keep it? If not, how long did you stick to your resolution before reverting to your previous habits, deciding that the resolution was too lofty? Or did you simply forget that you made it? Rather than focusing on a New Year’s resolution—a decision to change… Continue Reading >

Eggnog — Everyone’s favorite seasonal beverage?

December 16th, 2019

Ask someone if they like eggnog and you’ll probably get strong reaction — they either love it or despise it. And then there’s the people who have never tried it. Since this season is really the only time you may be offered the beverage during the entire year, we thought we’d have a little fun… Continue Reading >

Teaching Students Lessons of Kindness

December 10th, 2019

Dr. Wayne Dyer famously wrote, “If you have a choice between being right and being kind, choose kind.” Since we know that acts of bullying have detrimental effect on young people’s self-esteem, it’s more important than ever before to teach children how to be kind, and why it’s so important. Much of what children learn… Continue Reading >

Help Your Students Spread Holiday Cheer with These Eight Creative Ideas

December 9th, 2019

It is indeed though giving to others that we receive. This invaluable lesson must be experienced to be learned. It is critical for all students—our nation’s future leaders—to understand the value of giving and the benefits of selfless volunteerism first-hand. Even if you work in a public school system with a diverse population of students,… Continue Reading >

‘Tis The Season for Giving, Service, and Practicing Gratitude

December 1st, 2019

The holiday season is upon us. With so much diversity among the student body, it’s a good time of the year to pause and reflect upon how we as teachers can help instill compassion and the importance of service amongst our students. We recently asked some of our PLS instructors and team members to share… Continue Reading >

Giving Thanks to Our Teachers

November 18th, 2019

Ask a friend to tell you what she ate for dinner the night before, and your question is likely to be received with a pause and a shrug. Ask the same friend to name a teacher who greatly impacted her life, and she will likely respond with exuberant appreciation and a meaningful story. This month,… Continue Reading >

Explore Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences

November 3rd, 2019

Online Course Spotlight: Purposeful Learning Through Multiple Intelligences™ — Accelerated In this four-week course, you will identify and apply the multiple intelligences (MI) to meet the needs of today’s diverse classrooms. Based on Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligence™, you will demonstrate the power of teaching and learning through this unique instructional process. Gardner suggests… Continue Reading >

PLS Instructors Discuss Common Classroom Themes and Challenges on The Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud Podcast

November 1st, 2019

Steve Barkley continues to share ideas and insight into popular classroom topics on his weekly podcast, Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud! We are delighted to share three recent episodes that feature our very own PLS instructors. (You can download the following podcasts for free and listen to them anytime.) PLS Instructors Featured on Steve Barkley… Continue Reading >