PLS Classes

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 >

Updated Course: Differentiated Instruction for Today’s Classroom™ Online

September 11th, 2019

You asked, we listened! Based on the feedback and suggestions from past participants, Differentiated Instruction for Today’s Classroom™ has recently been revised and updated (Fall 2019) to enhance your overall learning experience. In this course, you’ll earn 3 graduate credit hours while you acquire key knowledge, skills, and strategies to differentiate instruction in your classroom…. Continue Reading >

Community Outreach and Engagement Ideas for Teachers

September 9th, 2019

It’s been said that it takes a village to raise a child, which means the residents of your community are just as crucial to helping your students achieve their academic and personal development goals as nearly any other members of your administration. Obtain community support and show your neighbors why they should be invested in… Continue Reading >

How To Identify and Empower Gifted Students

September 5th, 2019

Teachers with an opportunity to foster the educational experience for gifted students stand to become highly influential in the early learning experiences of a young person who may be destined for high achievements in his or her life. Identifying gifted students in their nascent academic years and engaging them in ways that are both challenging… Continue Reading >

Four Ways to Incorporate Social Emotional Learning into the Classroom

August 13th, 2019

Adolescent years are more than a time for educational development. They are a time for young people to learn the critical personal and interpersonal skills needed to succeed in the workplace and life. Schools across the country are incorporating social emotional learning (SEL) techniques into their instruction to help students understand the complexities of emotions… Continue Reading >

Two New On-Site Instructors Join Our Team

August 12th, 2019

Please help us extend a warm welcome to Darnell Decker and Brittany Ranck, the two newest on-site instructors to join the PLS Classes team. Both instructors will be teaching a total of three different courses through our partner Mercyhurst University this fall! What follows is a little background on each instructor as well as information… Continue Reading >

Drake University and PLS Classes Launch New Self-Paced Online Course

August 8th, 2019

Together with our partner Drake University, we are pleased to announce Building a Professional Network, a new self-paced facilitated online course for graduate students in education. Participants will learn knowledge and skills essential to building a professional network. Topics include pedagogy resources, professional responsibilities, 21st century networking tools, and ongoing professional growth to support classroom… Continue Reading >