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10 Tips for Keeping Kids Safe Online

10 Tips for Keeping Kids Safe Online

There is no denying that the internet provides wonderful learning opportunities, for adults and kids alike. It has revolutionized how we learn, how we connect with one another, and even provides entertainment with streaming videos and apps and games. But with the potential for learning, there is also potential danger, particularly for children and teens. In…
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Are School Reading Level Groups Bad for Students?

Are School Reading Level Groups Bad for Students?

Many teachers place their students into different reading level groups, which the kids tend to stay in for the rest of the year. Kids who score high in reading are grouped together, while those who score lower are placed in separate groups and given less challenging books to read. Ability Groups for Reading: A Time-Honored…
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Should Your State Switch to a Four-Day School Week?

Should Your State Switch to a Four-Day School Week?

While the five-day school week remains the norm across most of the country, an estimated 560 districts (primarily rural) in 25 states are experimenting with a four-day school week as a way to save money, says the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). More than half of those districts are in Colorado, Montana, Oklahoma, and…
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A Teacher’s Take on What Makes a Student Successful

A Teacher’s Take on What Makes a Student Successful

Why are some students more successful than others? Believe it or not, teachers are looking for more than just perfect attendance and a spotless homework record. Teachers recognize that good students often share common attributes that are factors in their academic success. Here are seven traits that our contributing teacher identified as essential for student…
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What Is “Whole Brain Teaching” and Does It Work?

What Is “Whole Brain Teaching” and Does It Work?

Teachers are always looking for new techniques that can more fully engage their students’ attention and mental capabilities. While many concepts are tested and abandoned, one technique, known as Whole Brain Teaching (WBT), is gaining popularity, and some teachers are campaigning to have it more widely implemented in classrooms nationwide. First developed in 1999, Whole…
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Teachers’ Perspective: How to Prep for School Success

What do teachers say is the key to academic success? We asked seven teachers for advice on how to prepare for a successful new school year. Here’s what they suggest.

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