Helping students affected by trauma

Ashley BellomyTeacher Resources

student trauma

Research shows that one out of every four students has been exposed to a traumatic event that can impact their learning and/or behavior. As educators, we are faced with tremendous responsibility to assist students – not just through their academic studies, but through emotional situations that may be happening at school or at home. Students who are suffering from traumatic … Read More

Ways to combat math summer slide

Ashley BellomyBlended Learning, Learning Management, Teacher Resources

While keeping students active and learning during the summer is something that can make a big difference in knowledge retention, it can be difficult to find ways to incorporate the skills students need to practice into their regular summer routines. These three tips can help keep math fresh in students’ minds without making them sit and do drill and practice … Read More

Ways to combat summer slide in reading

Ashley BellomyLearning Management, Teacher Resources

Summer Slide is the term used to describe the potential loss of learning gains students suffer during the summer months while schools are closed. Without intervention, these “slides” can result in students being grade levels behind in reading over time. Here are three easy ways you can help your students keep sharp, even when school is not in session:  

How schools can help end cyberbullying

Ashley BellomyTeacher Resources

stop bullying

What is cyberbullying and why is it important? Cyberbullying is any unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance and that takes place over digital devices. It includes sending, posting or sharing negative, harmful, false, or mean content about someone else and can sometimes cross into unlawful behavior, according to StopBullying.gov. Cyberbullying is … Read More

Social-Emotional Learning basics for your school

Gary FalconSchool Management, Teacher Resources

The idea that social and emotional learning is a crucial part of education isn’t a new one. SEL has been an integral part of curriculum in lower elementary grades for decades, but typically loses classtime in favor of academic instruction as students get older. Looking for a primer on what SEL is? Look no further. SEL consists of five main … Read More

Check out these five resources for arts and humanities curriculum development

Gary FalconTeacher Resources

In recent years STEM has evolved into STEAM, incorporating arts into STEM activities. There are lots of places to look for inspiration as you are trying to start planning your courses and lessons for your non-STEM courses. Although our new school planning guide has some great options for curriculum development, there’s always room for more resources when it comes to thinking about … Read More

Gamify your classroom with these 5 tips

Gary FalconSchool Management, Teacher Resources

One of the educational buzzwords making its rounds over the last several years is “gamification” of learning. In short, gamification helps motivate students making curriculum and learning more like the video games that attract the attention of our students. Gamification typically entails some kind of task-based challenges with awards or recognition at the end to entice students to participate. Liz … Read More

Get your STEM curriculum planning underway with these resources

Gary FalconTeacher Resources

As you’ve started thinking about your new school, you’ve probably put some time into curriculum planning and what types of courses you’d like your school to offer. Although our new school planning guide has some great options for curriculum development, there’s always room for more resources when it comes to thinking about the most important component of your new school. In today’s … Read More

Using flexible seating to make your classrooms student-centered

Gary FalconSchool Management, Teacher Resources

The idea of flexible seating—allowing students to sit wherever they want around the room in various types of seats from exercise balls to milk crates, to bean bag chairs — has gained some traction over the last several years. The idea is that students, especially young students, need a chance to move, fidget, and sit in different ways throughout the … Read More