After-School Conversation: How to REALLY Connect with Your Child

Saturday, August 13th, 2016

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Guest Post by Patty Wipfler, Hand in Hand Parenting, author of Listen: Five Simple Tools to Meet Your Everyday Parenting Challenges

It’s Back to School time. For many parents, that means restarting the conversation we’ve had a hundred times before: “How was school today?” – “OK”. “What did you do?” – “I dunno”. It’s hard to know how to REALLY connect with our children after a long day at school. But it’s simpler than you think.

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12 Best EdTech Writing Tools for Middle School Students

Thursday, August 11th, 2016

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Guest post by eLearning consultant and blogger Gloria Kopp

Every educator is always looking for ways to find the learning process more engaging and exciting for their students. Here are 12 of the best education technology writing tools we recommend trying for students in Middle School. Try them out this term, and see the difference that they make.

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Collecting Payments from Your Group on SimplyCircle

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

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One of the most common requests we’ve been getting from circle managers is to be able to collect payments from their group members. We heard you! Starting today, you can request, collect, and easily track payments from your group directly on SimplyCircle. Need to collect field trip donations, class fund contributions, or PTA dues? Want to sell school spirit wear, concert tickets, or tickets to a sports event? You can do it all on SimplyCircle!

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Indispensable Classroom Cleaning Hacks: An Infographic

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

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Guest post by Eugene Feygin, Program Manager at Quill

Classrooms is a magnet for great things like kids and their parents, but also for not-so-great things like bacteria and viruses. Lots of people traipsing through a classroom bring germs, as well as general dirt and debris. But there are ways to quickly and easily clean your classroom. Let us show you how with our Indispensable Classroom Cleaning Hacks infographic.

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The Best Summer Jobs for Teachers (Guest Post)

Monday, July 18th, 2016

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Guest post by Joyce Wilson, co-creator of TeacherSpark.org

Summer break can be a welcome change for teachers. But many teachers find that they need to supplement their income by getting a flexible summer job – ideally one that pays more than minimum wage. Finding that temporary gig can be stressful, but it isn’t impossible. Here are some great summer job options that you may not have thought of.

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How to Make Summer Reading Fun for Kids

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

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Guest blog post by Jessica Thiefels, Editor of Whooo’s Reading blog

Every summer, kids look forward to carefree fun-in-the-sun activities, which puts summer reading on the back burner.

But studies show that there are significant benefits of summer reading. Kids who read regularly during the summer break have higher reading comprehension scores when they return to school in the fall than those who don’t read.

Many teachers hand out summer reading lists at the end of the school year. These lists are helpful, but parents find themselves stuck with the difficult task of enforcing the recommended reading. Instead of fighting your child every step of the way, use these fun and simple ideas to make reading more exciting.

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Classroom Organization Hacks for Teachers: An Infographic

Sunday, June 19th, 2016

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Guest post by Eugene Feygin, Program Manager at Quill

Every teacher starts a new school year with the best of intentions: to keep classroom clutter to a minimum. But classroom organization can be difficult to maintain all year long. A long school year and a couple dozen students can wreak havoc with even the most organized teacher. Fortunately, there are simple, inexpensive hacks you can use to tame the mess and organize your classroom. Let us show you how with our Classroom Organization Hacks infographic.

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How to Use Behavior Charts for Kids

Sunday, June 5th, 2016

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Behavior charts are typically used for kids from age 2 to about 10. A behavior chart can reinforce new skills, remind kids to do chores or homework, and generally encourage positive behaviors and discourage negative behaviors. Follow our 5 simple tips on how to use behavior charts effectively. Download our free printable behavior charts and chore charts, and use stickers or markers to reward good behaviors.

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How to Choose the Best Summer Camp for Your Child

Saturday, May 28th, 2016

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Summer is almost here! Hopefully your summer is already (mostly) planned. But if you still need to arrange some summer camps, don’t panic. It’s not too late!

Follow the handy step-by-step guide below to choose the best summer camp for your child.

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Celebrating Dads with Father’s Day Classroom Party

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

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This year Father’s Day falls on Sunday, June 19th. The school is going to be over by then, so make sure to organize your Father’s Day classroom party before school closes for the summer break.

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