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How Your Body Language Impacts Your Teaching Success

January 15th, 2019

It’s not what you say; it’s how you say it. This truism is particularly relevant for teachers who spend their days standing in front of a group of young people helping them learn critical life skills and academic concepts. Throughout a school year, your students will become familiar with many intricacies of your body language… Continue Reading >

A Holiday Treat from PLS Classes

December 13th, 2018

‘Tis the season to take a break and enjoy a little bit of peace and quiet. And why not do that with a warm, steaming cup of creamy hot chocolate? We hope you enjoy this holiday recipe from our team at PLS Classes. Homemade Hot Chocolate Ingredients: 2 cups of milk (You can also use… Continue Reading >

Seven Tips to Stop the Spread of Germs in Your Classroom

December 10th, 2018

We are fully in the grasp of cold and flu season, which means that every coughing, sneezing, sniffling child in your classroom could put other students—or you—at risk of falling ill too. According to WebMD, the average American child contracts six to 10 colds per year, making colds the number one illness resulting in doctors’… Continue Reading >

Five Holiday Time Savers for Busy Teachers

December 1st, 2018

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! And, it’s also one of the busiest! With the holidays upon us, you might find you have less time than usual to get everything done. This season, we’re here to help! Follow these five tips and you’ll have more free time to spend with friends and family,… Continue Reading >

Seven Ways Teachers can Encourage Independent Reading In and Out of the Classroom

November 7th, 2018

One of the many reasons that you are an inspiring teacher is that you appreciate the feeling of getting lost inside a great book. You know what it’s like to feel as if the characters are your friends, to wish to live in the same town or mythical world as the story’s hero, and even… Continue Reading >

Recognizing the Warning Signs of a Student Struggling with a Mental Health Disorder

November 1st, 2018

As a teacher, you spend a lot of time with your students. And next to a student’s close family and friends you may be the best equipped to identify signs that something is wrong. Mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, and substance abuse don’t usually come out of nowhere. Yet sometimes it’s hard to… Continue Reading >

Girls and Bullying: How can teachers help identify and stop bullying?

October 4th, 2018

Pop culture movies, music, and television shows often depict girls—as early as during elementary school—as being viciously cruel and judgmental to their classmates. The “mean girl” archetype has evolved for a reason. According to National Voices for Equality, Education, and Enlightenment (NVEEE), more girls (59 percent) are cyberbullies than boys. The National Education Association (NEA)… Continue Reading >

Cyberbullying: What it is, and What You Can Do as a Teacher to Help

September 25th, 2018

As an educator, you know that bullying is a continuing problem in our schools. You also know that some types of bullying are overt and easy to spot (such as physical bullying), while other forms of bullying can fly under the radar (such as emotional and cyber). According to StopBullying.gov, “When adults respond quickly and… Continue Reading >

Ten Stress Relievers for Elementary and Middle School Students

September 18th, 2018

New teachers. New schedules. New faces. Oh my! A new school year can be a stressful time for teachers and students alike! Adjusting to a new classroom, making new friends, changing classes, or even paying attention during lessons (after a long and lazy summer) can make even the most confident students stressed. While some stress… Continue Reading >

The Case for Flexible Seating: Is it a Good Fit for Your Elementary or Middle School Students?

August 24th, 2018

As a teacher, you appreciate (read: crave) order and consistency. A place for everything and everything in its place may even be your classroom motto. Many teachers appreciate orderly rows of desks and knowing exactly where each student is seated may allow teachers to ensure every child is present and engaged so you they focus… Continue Reading >