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Are Smartphones Making Our Students Smarter?

FacebookTwitterLinkedinPinterestPrintemailThree Reasons Why Teens Should Take a Break From Their Digital Devices When parents say they fear their teen is addicted to their smartphone, they may be right. According to Common Sense Media, teens spend an average of nine hours a day online. Considering the average teen needs eight to ten hours of sleep per… Continue Reading >

April is Autism Awareness Month: How can teachers best support students on the spectrum?

FacebookTwitterLinkedinPinterestPrintemailApril marks Autism Awareness Month, a time to promote autism awareness, education, and acceptance, and to show support for the tens of thousands of young people and adults diagnosed with a spectrum disorder each year. Created nearly 25 years ago by the Autism Society, Autism Awareness Month is a growing initiative that has become a… Continue Reading >

Get Girls Excited About a Career in STEM!

FacebookTwitterLinkedinPinterestPrintemailAnnie Easley, Grace Hopper, Mary Allen Wilkes… If you’ve never heard of these women, you’ve surely heard of their accomplishments. Annie Easley “developed and implemented code” that led to the development of the battery used in the first hybrid cars.1 Grace Hopper, also known as “the mother of computing” helped to develop code called COBOL,… Continue Reading >

To Help Respond to Disrespectful Behavior in the Classroom Get to the Root of the Behavior

FacebookTwitterLinkedinPinterestPrintemailAccording to Public School Review, many public school teachers cite student attitudes, such as apathy and disrespect for teachers, as a significant problem facing schools today.1 What appears to be disrespect from students comes in many forms. As a teacher, you may see what you or others interpret as disrespectful behavior in your classroom. These… Continue Reading >

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

FacebookTwitterLinkedinPinterestPrintemailPop 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 >

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

FacebookTwitterLinkedinPinterestPrintemailAs 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 >

The Power of Mindfulness in the Classroom

FacebookTwitterLinkedinPinterestPrintemailMindfulness 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 >

Give Your Students the Tools to Bridge the Summer

FacebookTwitterLinkedinPinterestPrintemailWith 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 >