The Best Headphones For School For Students

The Best Headphones For School For Students

The best headphones for school make it easier for students to focus and actively listen in the classroom. External noise can irritate students and impair learning and cognition in students. Headsets provide great sound to improve the sound quality experience of most devices used for speaking activities and listening in the classroom. There are several…

Why Is Phonological Awareness Important

Why Is Phonological Awareness Important

Literacy is the comprehension and decoding of the written language; phonological awareness is a foundational skill to become literate. Phonological awareness is vital to the foundation for reading success; it is a prerequisite skill to literacy. Researchers show that poor reading and spelling development can be predicted by how a child struggles or comprehends phonological…

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…

Setting SMART Goals In Your 2018 Classroom

Setting SMART Goals In Your 2018 Classroom

Dreaming big dreams and desiring to achieve something worthwhile is natural to people. Setting the concrete goals to achieve these dreams is a skill that everybody of all ages needs to learn. It’s not natural for adults; neither is it natural for kids. A study done at Dominican University showed that people who had written…

SMART Goals Template

SMART Goals Template

The below ‘S.M.A.R.T.’ template is published under Creative Commons. Feel free to share on your own blog, school site or social network. Over a 150 years ago, Abraham Lincoln said “a goal set properly is halfway reached.” However, it’s harder to set a actionable goal rather than express a feeling or dream about the future….

Reading – Everyone’s Assignment For The Summer

Reading – Everyone’s Assignment For The Summer

The children are home, and the summer activity routine has taken over.  The day is full of driving to baseball practice, swim lessons, and trying to fit in some fun time at the beach as well.  Maybe you have found the time to get your children involved with a monthly STEM subscription, Khan Academy lessons,…

All The World’s An Inference

All The World’s An Inference

NEVER.  READ. A. JOKE.  Trust me, just don’t ever do it.  As well written, as well crafted, as a joke may be, like a note of music, it must be played and performed.  It must be told.  The pause.  The look.  The voices.  The nervous stammer for effect.  It’s more important than any words on…

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…

Your Technology-Focused Lesson Plan Could Be Worth $1000

Your Technology-Focused Lesson Plan Could Be Worth $1000

Are you a K-12 teacher based in the United States that has a technology-focused lesson plan in any subject others would benefit from seeing?  If so, you could receive a $1000 grant from Verizon’s The Beacon.  I received an email from a reader that alerted me to the contest (thanks, Jessica).  Therefore, I had to…

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…

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