Checklist: Establish classroom management, routines, and rituals with students in the first few weeks of school

Have you ever found yourself in the middle of the school year realizing your class seems completely out of control? Unfortunately, once students have been allowed to exhibit inappropriate behaviors, it’s extremely difficult to turn things around in your classroom.  It’s extremely important to establish clear behavioral expectations, proactive redirection strategies, and consequences to support teaching…

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5 Practical ways for school leadership to prioritize equity

When we take a step back and look at our communities, it’s easy to understand the importance of equity. When underserved students are provided with a high quality education and individualized support, they are significantly more likely to break generational cycles of school drop outs, poverty, trauma, and the school to prison pipeline. However, these…

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High-quality homework: How to assign the right amount, and the most effective formats of homework for the 2019-2020 school year

Although studies have shown that homework offers some benefits to students, assigning too much homework can actually cause students to experience higher stress levels and physical and mental health issues. In this article, we’ll discuss guidelines you can use to assign high quality homework for your students. What is the “ten-minute homework guideline?” The National PTA…

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7 tips for teachers to learn new instructional strategies over the summer break

#1: Avoid packaged and scripted curricula. Responsive teaching means that we must take into consideration that each child may have a different way of processing new information.  Quite often, we utilize different teaching styles based on the content being taught and resources to support teaching and learning. Curriculum publishers create educational content for teachers to support…

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