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A is for Apple, but how do they get from tree to table?

Posted by Guest Author on Jun 30, 2017 11:58:01 AM

“Food, Agriculture & Resources in Motion” or FARM Science Lab is hitting the road, beginning its mission to take agricultural education to elementary schools statewide in Michigan!

Extracting DNA from wheat germ, using the scientific method to explore if petroleum or soybean based crayons produce the brightest color, and using the five senses to investigate how apples get from tree to table. These are just a few of the exciting new lessons students can engage in via a 40-foot mobile classroom equipped with the latest teaching technologies and tooled with STEM-based lessons to increase agricultural awareness.

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Topics: Curriculum

How Schools can Prevent & Reverse Summer Reading Slide

Posted by Guest Author on Jun 12, 2017 11:01:38 AM

There’s no time like the present to focus on literacy, especially as school is letting out and giving way to summer, a season of sun and fun, but also a time when many students take a break from school work and let their literacy skills lapse until school starts back up again.

Literacy is a critical component when predicting the future success of students. According to research, the implementation of a reading slide prevention program can drastically reduce intervention costs resulting from summer learning loss.

Studies show that the end of third grade and beginning of fourth grade is a crucial time in a scholastic career. Children who are not proficient at reading by this point are four times as likely to drop out of school than their better-read peers.

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Topics: Literacy, Summer Loss

Data Notebooks: A Student Engagement Strategy that Works

Posted by Guest Author on Apr 3, 2017 5:00:00 AM

I have always known there is value in students taking accountability of their learning - but when I actually put it into practice, I realized just how critical it could be in helping students achieve!

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Emotional Monster Successful in Reaching a Student

Posted by Guest Author on Mar 27, 2017 5:00:00 AM
It was the combination of trying to help my students with their personal trauma and my love for that lead me to “Emotional Monsters.” I had browsed over the item a few times, but a certain run-in with a young man made me click the button to charge $14.50 to my account without hesitation. An investment I couldn’t have imagined would be so valuable in helping me to reach a student.
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Classroom Peace Corner

Posted by Guest Author on Mar 21, 2017 7:30:00 AM

Behavior is the language of the child, and we see many behaviors through out our school day.

As adults, we may think we are the stressed-out ones and wonder what can a child possibly have to be stressed-out about? I can answer that question. Most days a child’s experience follows an ebb and flow, and within that ebb and flow they are trying to find their way. Their way within their family environment, their way within their classroom environment, their way within the before and after school care environments. And, some have to find their way within a sports team or extracurricular environment...those are a lot of lines to be crossing and a lot of different environments to acclimate to. Today's children have stress and anxiety, even the young ones.

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Topics: Student Learning, Student Trauma, Classroom Management

3 Characteristics to Develop to Get the Job of Your Dreams!

Posted by Guest Author on Mar 10, 2017 7:00:00 AM

It is job-seeking season in education! In the weeks and months ahead, prospective teachers will tidy up their resumes, dust off their best business attire, and prepare to make an impression upon school leaders and/or human resource representatives. 

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Topics: Leadership, teachers, Human Resources

Why College Readiness in an Elementary School?

Posted by Guest Author on Feb 21, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Investing in college readiness at urban elementary and middle school levels is one of the most important tasks that educators can make. Contemporary educators, policymakers and parents have questioned the efficacy of schools serving primarily minority and low-income students. For far too long, the prevailing narrative that surrounds the schooling experiences of minority and low-income students has been dominated by tales of academic failure, behavioral problems, disengaged parents, and abandonment by civic institutions and organizations. Sadly, many teachers, students, and parents have accepted the widespread belief that minority and low-income means academic failure and behavior problems.

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Topics: Student Expectations, Culture, Grit

Collaborative Desks Meet the Needs of the Today's Classrooms

Posted by Guest Author on Jan 31, 2017 5:05:00 PM

Adding collaborative desks to your classroom is a smart way to go.  Flexible furniture allows for project based learning and group activities in today's classrooms.

With the increasing popularity of project-based learning and group work, collaborative desks are becoming an integral ingredient in modern classrooms. While classic school desks can be used for working in small groups, they are definitely not ideal. Any educator who is looking to maximize time and productivity in a collaborative learning environment can benefit from flexible classroom furniture.

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Topics: Classroom Management, Classroom Furniture

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