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Getting Students to Talk AND Listen in the Classroom

There’s no doubt that many students can become guarded when we ask them to share out ideas in class. The peer pressure and thought of putting ideas out there can be very intimidating for lots of students. So, how do we create a classroom where our students can feel comfortable to engage in the necessary communication skills we’re expected to teach? Here are few ideas to try

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Start Every Day with Hello

By: Jodene Smith, M.A.Posted 09/07/18
Start Every Day with Hello

What do you do when you see your colleagues in the morning? You probably greet them in some way…maybe with hello or good morning. So, it only makes sense to do the same thing with your students as well. Establishing the routine of greeting every student, every day is a great way to engage with students. It may even become your favorite part of the day! Here are a few reasons you may want to consider starting every day with hello.

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4 Strategies to Reduce Students’ Stress and Anxiety

Stressed and anxious about testing, paperwork, and getting everything done before the end of the year? Your students may be too. Here are a few simple things you and your students can do in the classroom to relieve anxiety and stress, especially during “test-taking season.”

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4 Simple Ways to Build Mindfulness in Your Classroom

By: Melissa Cheesman SmithPosted 04/11/18
4 Simple Ways to Build Mindfulness in Your Classroom

Help your students cultivate awareness, clarify thinking, and improve focus by opting into mindfulness. Here are four simple mindful activities that you can incorporate into your classroom!

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Creating Community in the Classroom

By: Sara McDaniel M. Ed.Posted 07/22/16
Creating Community in the Classroom

Looking for new ways to build a sense of community in your classroom? Here are three easy ways you can create a safe, collaborative, and interactive learning environment, so that your students are excited to participate in class!

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Feeling Safe at School

By: Diana Herweck Ph.D.Posted 06/15/16
Feeling Safe at School

The threat of gun violence seems to get more real with each passing year, and we must be prepared to handle such incidents. Here are some things that teachers can do, for themselves and in the classroom, to help students cope with the fear and anxiety that develop from the reality of these tragedies.

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