PLS Classes

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 >

Should You Give Students Bonus Points? Weighing the Pros and Cons of Giving Extra Credit

October 30th, 2019

In general, students love extra credit. For some, it’s an opportunity to make up for a missed assignment or a poor test grade. For others, notably the high-achievers, it’s an opportunity to excel at the highest level. However, is extra credit a strategy that is genuinely in your students’ best interests? Before you offer your… Continue Reading >

Integrate Math and Literacy to Improve Student Comprehension

October 8th, 2019

You may find your students tend to have innate abilities that align with analytical and fact based skills such as math and science. You may have other students that seem to have a predisposition to more creative skills such as art or writing. For example, you may have a student who writes gorgeous prose but… Continue Reading >

Student Mental Health Awareness: The Importance of Early Intervention and Warning Signs for Teachers

October 1st, 2019

The most common disease affecting students today is not cancer — nor is it diabetes. The most significant disease, mental illness, affects 17.1 million students—more than the number of children and adolescents with cancer, diabetes, and HIV combined. The first week in October is Mental Health Awareness Week. It brings light onto the fact that… Continue Reading >

Five Ways to Encourage More Classroom Participation from Your Students

September 17th, 2019

How many times in the day do you find yourself asking questions of your students, and then staring out into a room of disinterested faces? Or how about facing a group of students trying not to make eye contact with you because they don’t want you to call on them? There are many reasons why… Continue Reading >