Benefits of Google Apps from the Classroom to Home

google apps in schoolAre you using Google Apps in your classroom setting? Start your classroom with the organized and technology friendly features that Google Apps has to offer.

Google Apps has become such a huge asset within today’s technology, but many people are still not taking advantage of the endless benefits of all the programs have to offer. The classroom is an ideal environment that benefit teachers, students, administrators, and parents alike.

April Smith’s 5 Ways To Engage Parents Using Google Drive, highlighted the key uses of Google Drive inside the classroom. The constant challenge of keeping parents, students, and teachers on the same page may feel never-ending, but with Google Apps in the mix , everyone can be a winner! Continue reading

5 Ways to Take Your Parent Teacher Communications to the Next Level

female teacher with students and better parent student engagementBetter Parent Teacher Communication Makes Students More Successful

 

Henry Ford once said, “If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself”. I believe this couldn’t be closer to the truth than in the classroom. As a mother of a 1st grader and a 4th grader, I rely heavily on the parent teacher communications that come home with my children. We all need to be on the same page, right? Each parent has an equal share of responsibility along with the teacher in helping his/her child be successful in the classroom. Continue reading

Top 3 Reasons to Incorporate Blended Learning Into Your Classroom

blended learningWe all have heard about the many advantages of adding blended learning methods into the classroom, but what are the top reasons you should really make this a part of your curriculum this year?  We will discuss this here today!

First off, let me clarify what I mean when I say blended learning. There are so many different interpretations and variations out there, so I want to make sure we are all on the same page.  For the sake of today, I am talking about the face-to-face model of blended learning where the student attends a daily classroom in person and the teacher’s lessons are augmented with digital tools or computer mediated activities.

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Why Teaching Active Listening is One of Your Best Student Engagement Strategies

Student Engagement Strategies in the classroomTeachers are always looking for the best student engagement strategies in their classroom, right?

More highly engaged students mean a more efficient classroom with more effective learning.  But, there can be a lot of distractions for students in the learning environment both internally and externally.  Any tools or techniques we can provide our students to increase their engagement and learning is always welcome.

Here is where we can introduce a small technique to help with your student engagement…it’s called active listening.  From the moment you are born you are expected to be able to hear and listen to voices. When you enter your school years you are expected to be able to listen for longer periods of time. Listening is a skill we all have and most of us are still working on mastering it.

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American Education Week Spotlight 3: Education Support Professionals Day

happy employee and education support professionals dayHere are six appreciation ideas to celebrate Education Support Professionals Day and thank the people who work behind the scenes.

When you think about school, who comes to mind? Teachers, students, the principal, coaches? Those are all great choices, but to keep a school running it takes many more hands than that.

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