365 Fun and Creative Writing Prompts For Kids – One For Each Day Of The Year

365 Fun and Creative Writing Prompts For Kids – One For Each Day Of The Year

Creative writing prompts stimulate innovative minds and imagination. Anyone who writes, not just authors, experiences times when they can’t write a thing. Writing prompts help children and adults to overcome writers’ block. Teachers use writing prompts to stimulate students in various ways; it inspires imagination and critical thinking, problem-solving, innovative ideas, and is fun. We…

Fifteen Fun Phonemic Awareness Activities and Games For Kids

Fifteen Fun Phonemic Awareness Activities and Games For Kids

Phonemic awareness games may help your child read fluently. Research has shown that the quicker a child differentiates the sounds in a word, the faster they understand. According to the National Reading Panel report on Teaching Children to Read, teaching kids phonemic awareness significantly improved their reading in various age groups and grades. What is…

21 Icebreaker Questions You Should Ask Your Students On Their First Day Back To School

21 Icebreaker Questions You Should Ask Your Students On Their First Day Back To School

It’s the first day of a new school year, and with it comes an entirely fresh group of students in your classroom.  Each of these children have their own story – their own unique dreams, fears and goals. And you know none of them. Over time, you certainly will uncover these nuggets of information.  But…

The Best 15 Books to Raise Children’s Emotional IQ and Teach Empathy

The Best 15 Books to Raise Children’s Emotional IQ and Teach Empathy

One of the best tools to raise your children’s emotional IQ and empathy are books. Reading a story with your children gives you ample opportunity to talk about the story, the cause of the emotions and what is the best way to act and react in a similar situation. Help your children improve their coping…

Our Maker Mindset

Our Maker Mindset

There is no greater joy than watching children create something. Whether the creating is done solo or in a group, thinking is visible. You can see the “wheels turning”. Hands-on work requires trial and error. If something doesn’t work, a child doesn’t stop working, but instead tries something else without prompting. Making is a natural…

Adding EdTech to Your Classroom? 3 Non-Negotiable “Old School” Components to Include in Every Lesson

Adding EdTech to Your Classroom? 3 Non-Negotiable “Old School” Components to Include in Every Lesson

Educational technology: it’s the hottest movement out there in education, and has been for some time. In fact, there seems to be a rather non-discriminating admiration for anything edtech among many teachers today. You can’t open an educational journal, print or online, without being bombarded with ads and articles extolling the virtues of the “latest…

Ultimate Project Based Learning – How Student Teamwork Built a World Championship Car

Ultimate Project Based Learning – How Student Teamwork Built a World Championship Car

Every year for the past twenty the Saint Thomas Academy Experimental Vehicle Team (STA EVT) has built a new vehicle from the ground up to give our students the best engineering experience a high-schooler can get. The internationally recognized program started in 1997. My fellow moderator Mark Westlake and I believe in the importance of…

15 Popular Pencil Case Options for Quirky Cool Kids

15 Popular Pencil Case Options for Quirky Cool Kids

Whether it’s for school, art, or work, everyone loves a new pencil case. A schoolbag essential, a pencil pouch doesn’t just store pencils, pens, erasers, and rulers. It also expresses personality and encourages organization, tidiness, and responsibility. Every child needs a place to store their tools for school, so why not get the best? Here…

Avoid The Brain Drain! Here’s How You Can Make the Most of Outdoor Learning This Summer

Avoid The Brain Drain! Here’s How You Can Make the Most of Outdoor Learning This Summer

The summer months are notorious for triggering brain drain. The shear gap in time, combined with the hiatus from hours of learning every day, prompts a decline in knowledge acquisition and retention. Now, it is no wonder why summer activities and routines make it difficult to convince children to complete ungraded practices. Kids would much…

The Student-Teacher Relationship Matters More Than You Might Think

The Student-Teacher Relationship Matters More Than You Might Think

Quality instruction isn’t the only factor that determines students’ academic achievement. Students’ sense of belonging to the school community is also significant to student achievement. A growing body of research shows the sense of belonging or “connectedness” to the school community also has positive educational outcomes for all students. “Sense of belonging” is defined as the…

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