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  1. How to Plan Your Month (Like a Pro)

    How to Plan Your Month (Like a Pro)

    Written by Wil Malski, Customer Service Manager at Success by Design, Inc. My wife is a planning pro! She’s the mother of our two young children, a part-time writer, brand ambassador, homemaker, and our family chef. Careful planning is essential for her! On the last day of every month she pulls out all of her planning devices and starts...
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  2. 6 Reasons for Parents to Volunteer in the Classroom

    6 Reasons for Parents to Volunteer in the Classroom

    By now we all know volunteering in any way will help your child's school - and even your child. There are many good reasons for parents to volunteer in the classroom. It's a great way to show your kids that you take an interest in their education, and it sends a positive message that you consider school a worthwhile cause...
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  3. 5 Teacher Tips for Increasing Parental Involvement

    5 Teacher Tips for Increasing Parental Involvement

    We know that parental involvement is crucial to success in school. There are numerous studies that prove that parent involvement can improve students' behavior, attendance, and achievement. Despite the research, parental involvement still continues to be a challenge. How can you, as an educator, encourage greater parent involvement? 5 Teacher Tips for Increasing Parental Involvement Be Clear: Maybe...
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  4. Tips to Make Lesson Planning Easier

    Tips to Make Lesson Planning Easier

      Lesson Plans – love them or hate them, they are a part of the job for teachers. They help you run your classroom, inform substitute teachers, and even keep your students focused. But, there’s one problem: they take hours to complete. Lucky for you, we have some advice for easier lesson planning!  7 Lesson Planning Tips 1. Make...
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  5. Setting SMART Goals With Your Students

    Setting SMART Goals With Your Students

    A new school year is the beginning of new challenges and adventures. What better time is there to talk to your students about setting goals for themselves? Setting goals provides students with focus and direction, but the types of goals and how they are set makes a difference. Students may need help setting realistic goals and developing a plan...
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  6. Year-Round School: Is It the Right Choice?

    Year-Round School: Is It the Right Choice?

    For the majority of students, it is almost time to go back to school, but for students that attend year-round schools, there is no traditional “back to school” time. About 3,700 K-12 public schools across the country operate on a year-round calendar — approximately 4 percent of all U.S. schools in 2011-12, according to the latest data available from the...
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  7. Tips to Kick off the New School Year

    Tips to Kick off the New School Year

    [caption id="attachment_185" align="aligncenter" width="554"] Image courtesy of gomamaguide.com[/caption] Summer is ending and you are getting your classroom ready for a new group of students. Starting the new school year is an exciting and stressful time for teachers. As you prepare for the new school year, you have a chance for a positive start that will motive students and get...
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  8. Back to School Shopping Tips for Educators

    Back to School Shopping Tips for Educators

    It is common knowledge that educators spend money out of their pocket on classroom supplies in order to provide their students with the best. We understand that funds can get tight when trying to get your classroom ready for the new school year. Back to school shopping does not have to break the budget. Check out these 7 tips to...
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  9. 5 Facts About Poverty and Its Effect on Learning

    5 Facts About Poverty and Its Effect on Learning

    Did you know that a staggering 43% of children in the US live in low-income families, with 21% of these children from families that fall below the federal poverty threshold? Research shows us that poverty can impede children’s ability to learn and contribute to social, emotional, and behavioral problems. It also can contribute to poor health and mental health. Risks are greatest for children who experience...
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  10. 7 Tips for Teaching Interviews

    For prospective teachers, the season for interviews has arrived.  Many hopeful teachers are printing out resumes, ironing their best clothes, and showing up for those nerve-racking interviews. Some will be successful in landing their dream job and some won’t. Teaching interviews can be stressful, especially if you are just out of college or reentering the profession. What can you do to impress...
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