Handwriting vs. Typing: Why a Pen Is Mightier than a Keyboard

Saturday, April 8th, 2017

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Guest post by Aris Grigoriou from Study Medicine Europe

In this infographic, you learn why a pen is mightier than a keyboard. Students retain knowledge better when they handwrite their notes rather than type them!

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10 Awesome EdTech Tools for Formative Assessment

Saturday, April 8th, 2017

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Guest Blog Post by Diana Clark

Formative assessment is a critical tool for educators. It helps identify concepts that students are struggling with so that future instruction can be adapted to their individual needs. Fortunately, there are several new technology-based tools that make formative assessment more efficient and effective.

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Teaching Writing through Games

Saturday, April 8th, 2017

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Guest Blog Post by Joan Selby, former ESL teacher and blogger

When we observe small children, we realize they are learning about the world by playing. When they see a flower, they will touch it, smell it, and find something to do with it. They like learning through stories and they keep asking questions.

That’s the kind of natural curiosity we tend to lose throughout life. The rigid educational system may be the culprit. Remember how you used to study boring lectures that killed your desire to explore more? Remember how you got boring academic assignments that suffocated your wish to be a better writer? We need to stop doing that to the new generations of students.

Today, teachers are left with much greater flexibility to adapt the teaching process to the wishes of the students. Since young students love playing, modern teachers are especially attracted to the concept of gamification. It’s adaptable to all classroom environments, as well as for homeschooling.

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6 Best Practices for Developing Leadership Skills in Students

Saturday, April 8th, 2017

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Guest blog post by Julie Peterson, Founder of AskPetersen.Com

A teacher always has a lot to do. You have a curriculum to get through, and you need to evaluate your students on an individual basis. But you’re not just conveying and evaluating knowledge. You also have to teach students important skills. Leadership is one of those crucial skills.

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How School Fundraisers Develop Persuasive Skills in Students

Saturday, April 8th, 2017

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Guest blog post by Clay Boggess, Senior Consultant with Big Fundraising Ideas

Fundraising programs in schools help close critical funding gaps and ensure a school has the resources it needs for our children to be successful. In addition to quality products and compelling prize programs, one of the key elements of a successful product fundraiser is the big pitch, which can teach students critical persuasive and public speaking skills.

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5 Tips for Using YouTube Effectively in Your Classroom

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

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Guest Post by Quincy Smith

With rapid advances in technology, almost every child has access to a screen of some sort. Instead of condemning these screens as a distraction, smart educators can leverage their power and effectiveness by building lessons around them. YouTube is one of the largest sources of free video material in the world. Regularly utilizing YouTube content in the classroom can help you keep your class focused and engaged.  It also helps children learn that the Internet can be used for more than just games.

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10 Online Resources and Apps for Dyslexic Students

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

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Guest post by Sharon Conwell

Having a child with dyslexia in your classroom is no longer an insurmountable challenge. In fact, these days there is no need for children with dyslexia to be at a disadvantage compared to their classmates. Technology has improved many aspects of life, including a variety of new tools that help dyslexic students thrive in school, and support their teachers. Here are the top 10 online resources and apps for dyslexic students.

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7 Tactics to Engage Students in Academic Writing

Monday, March 6th, 2017

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Guest post by Gloria Kopp

Academic writing can sometimes be a difficult skill to teach. That is especially the case when your students are not interested and engaged in the lesson at hand. Each classroom will have a different dynamic, skills and ways of learning. As such, it’s essential that teachers adapt and adjust their methods in order to increase their classroom engagement and the interest of the individual students. Here are 7 tips for engaging students in writing:

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5 Things Teachers Wish They Could Tell Parents

Sunday, March 5th, 2017

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Guest post by Paula Hicks, blogger and editor

In this day and age, being a teacher is one of the most challenging and stressful professions. Not only do they have to deal with the increasingly demanding curriculum and getting through to the students which are too preoccupied by social media, but they also have to deal with their parents who sometimes have unrealistic expectations.

Of course, it is only natural for every parents to think their child is God’s gift, but the fact of the matter is that reality is always different. Teachers see more than parents do, because they get a front row seat, and they know how education really works. This is why we have put together a list of five things teachers wish they could tell parents, but can’t for one reason or another.

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How Does Homework Affect Students? (An Infographic)

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

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Guest blog post by Martina Lavoie from Oxford Learning

Homework can help a child succeed in school, but it can also become a source of considerable stress. As parents, you can help your child have a stress-free homework experience. Having a clear and organized homework routine at a young age helps children develop better homework habits as they get older, when homework becomes more difficult and time-consuming. There are many ways in which you can support your child, including providing a quiet homework area, creating a consistent schedule, hiring a tutor, and more.

Read the infographic below to learn more about how homework can lead to students’ stress, as well as helpful tips on helping your child deal with that stress.

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