Back to the Basics: Addressing Truancy in Our Schools

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Let’s get back to basics. Not in the sense you may think— I’m not going to talk about reading, writing, and arithmetic. Let’s go even MORE basic. Most simply stated, in order to learn, kids need to be physically at school. August is National Truancy Prevention Month, so there is no better time to discuss … read more »


Tech Tool of the Month: ClassTag

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Communication in the classroom is key! Did you know that June is Effective Communication Month? I can’t think of many skills that are more important, as an educator, than being an effective communicator. The tech tool we are sharing this month is ClassTag, a management system for teachers to engage and communicate with parents. ClassTag … read more »


Tech Tool of the Month: Class123

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The New Year always brings new opportunities, new inspiration, and a new time for self-reflection. If your goals include delving deeper into classroom management strategies and tools, Class123 (TeachersFirst review) is a site that you won’t want to miss. The Tech Tool of the Month for January offers basic classroom management tools for grades K-6, … read more »


A New Year, A New Focus on Classroom Management

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Happy New Year!  With a new year, often comes a re-energized sense of determination to make THIS year the best yet!  With New Year’s resolutions abundant, I thought it would be an appropriate time to broach the topic of classroom management—I mean who doesn’t want to improve strategies in this area? The more controlled, inviting, … read more »


Infusing Mindfulness Into the School Day

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“The best cure for the body is a quiet mind.” -Napoleon Bonaparte Imagine the possibilities – – – What if our teachers approached each day, each class period, with a quiet mind? What if our students began each day, each lesson, with a quiet mind? What if our administrators approached each classroom observation or interaction … read more »