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Teachers: Do You Have a Mentor?

July 26th, 2018

No matter how long you have been working in education, you have undoubtedly discovered that teaching can be a highly individualized experience. No two teachers, their styles, or their approaches to learning are the same—nor should they be. However, every teacher should consider having a mentor; someone to learn from, to be inspired by, and… Continue Reading >

The Power of Mindfulness in the Classroom

July 20th, 2018

Mindfulness represents a particular way of being present in the moment and noticing your surroundings. Jon Kabat-Zinn defines mindfulness as “the awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally.”1 What began as part of meditation and yoga instruction has grown in popularity and has been implemented by many K -12… Continue Reading >

These 14 Facts About the Fourth of July Will Surprise You

July 1st, 2018

You know your American history. You know that Betsy Ross designed the American Flag and that Francis Scott Key penned the Star-Spangled Banner during the British bombing of Ft. McHenry during the War of 1812. Think those are all the facts you will need to know to win a July 4th trivia contest this year?… Continue Reading >

Steve Barkley’s Summer Reading List for Educators

June 19th, 2018

Looking for some great books to read this summer? You’re in luck! We asked Steve Barkley, a trusted friend and partner of PLS Classes, to recommend the top books teachers should pick up and digest this summer. Steve is an educational consultant to school districts, teacher organizations, state departments of education, and colleges and universities… Continue Reading >

Take a Break This Summer: Top Podcasts for Educators

June 14th, 2018

Summer break represents a much deserved time of rest and relaxation for teachers across the country. It also offers a great opportunity for you to brush up on your core skills, learn about new and inventive teaching best practices, and dig deeper into what you are passionate about. There are many different ways to grow… Continue Reading >

Summer is Calling: How to Keep Students Focused in the Days Before Summer Vacation

June 5th, 2018

The days are getting longer, the air is warm, the sky is full of sunshine, and your students have one thing on their minds — summer vacation! In the weeks preceding summer break, you may find your students are more likely to stare out the window and daydream than focus on your instruction. Follow these… Continue Reading >

Elementary School Teachers: Top 10 Ways to Wrap Up the Academic Year

May 29th, 2018

It’s hard to believe — it’s almost the end of another school year! The close of another academic year is bittersweet. After all, you’re so proud of all that your students have achieved and you’re happy to see them move forward, yet on the other hand, boy are you going to miss them! Before you… Continue Reading >

Give Your Students the Tools to Bridge the Summer

May 24th, 2018

With summer just around the corner and final exams wrapping up, students and teachers are undoubtedly looking forward to break. While students dream of free time, the great outdoors, hanging with friends, and family vacations, many teachers also plan to enjoy the warm weather, setting aside time for individual hobbies and interests. While everyone is… Continue Reading >

Summer Goals: Get Ahead, Learn More, Experience Something New

May 8th, 2018

Spring has finally sprung and the fresh, warm air promises that summer vacation will be here before you know it! As the school year winds down, you’ll probably be daydreaming about what you are going to do with your time off. After all, summer break is one of the major benefits of being a teacher…. Continue Reading >

Classroom Full of Chatterboxes? Five Techniques to Keep Students Focused

April 24th, 2018

Students will almost always outnumber teachers, which is why, at times, getting an excited, talkative group of students to focus can be one of the most challenging (and sometimes frustrating) aspects of your day. Regardless of the odds, there are proven techniques that can help you ensure you are maximizing the time available in your… Continue Reading >