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Top-Rated Apps and Games for Creative Kids
PUBLISHED: Wednesday, August 08, 2018 by Andilynn Feddeler
There are millions of apps and websites in the digital world, and although it’s sometimes hard to ensure that kids are being responsible and productive with their devices, there are some programs that have provided valuable learning opportunities for kids for many years. Common Sense Media has compiled numerous lists of website, game, and app (as well as movie, book, and TV) reviews to help parents and kids decide which ones to visit and download in order to have a positive experience. Here are some of the top contenders for gifted and creative students: read more...
The Positive Effects of an Art Education on Emotional and Mental Health
PUBLISHED: Wednesday, August 01, 2018 by Andilynn Feddeler
Although many educators and parents already know about some of the more tangible benefits of art education, the positive effects of creative expression on emotional and mental health are often underestimated. Arts activities in schools and at home can help foster cognitive development as well as provide outlets for children to express how they feel and develop their self identities. There are many different ways to introduce the arts to students, and each concentration has its own benefits on kids’ emotional development and mental health: read more...
Using Nothing You Can’t Do! in the Classroom
PUBLISHED: Monday, July 30, 2018 by Mary Cay Ricci
Many teachers have heard about the value of instilling growth mindset thinking into their classroom. However, many are not quite sure how to do that once they get past providing feedback and praise to students in a way that encourages perseverance and resiliency. We all know that students need a lot of opportunities to read a variety of nonfiction texts. Nothing You Can’t Do!: The Secret Power of Growth Mindsets (grades 3–8) can be used as one way to help students internalize just exactly what growth mindset thinking is all about. It was written to purposefully engage the reader by asking questions providing opportunities to reflect. read more...
Prepare Students (and Yourself) for Back-to-School Success
PUBLISHED: Wednesday, July 25, 2018 by Andilynn Feddeler
Educators and parents have been preparing for the beginning of the new school year all summer, but it’s almost impossible to fully anticipate every detail of such a hectic time. Although nobody really needs to be reminded to shop for back-to-school supplies or to actually register for the year, some broader ideas slip our minds from time to time. Kids often struggle with the transition from the less structured days of summer to listening and learning attentively all day, and may need some gentle reinforcement about tough topics, such as respect, paying attention, and staying organized. read more...
Work Together!: How Parents Can Help Teachers Start the School Year With Everything They Need
PUBLISHED: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 by Andilynn Feddeler
As those long supply lists are coming out for the upcoming school year, teachers across the country are preparing to spend hundreds of dollars out of their own pockets for materials students’ families may not be able to provide. Parents often complain about having to spend so much money on very specific items for the classroom—supplies their own child may not even use—but a little extra help can make a teacher’s job somewhat less overwhelming. Teachers put in endless hours, money, and energy into making sure every student has a great school year, and thinking about having enough notebooks to go around should be the last of their worries. read more...
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