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With the advancement in technology, the ability to code is becoming increasingly important. There are so many benefits of coding for students that go beyond the use of a computer. Coding has become another form of literacy, like a new language but for computers. Living in the 21st-century, children are growing up in a digital era and coding is a skill that can be used every day.

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November 08, 2018
Amanda Myers

Implementing "Brain Breaks" in the Classroom

Learning Through Play, Learning at Home

Sitting at a desk for long periods of time while focused on mentally demanding tasks is difficult. Eventually, you might get the wiggles, you may zone out or your attention may wander to distractions in your environment. For students like my sixth graders, sitting at a desk for an eighty minute class period can be arduous too.

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November 01, 2018
Kaitlyn Lee

Playful Learning on a Budget

Learning Through Play, Learning at Home, STEM Education / Play, Creativity, Kids And Creativity

Various playful and gaming aspects can be used in learning; some of them require our imagination and nothing else, others are more demanding and work best with special attributes, classroom themes, and so on. Teachers have to use all their creativity to reenact all those learning ideas and set up the right atmosphere.

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October 25, 2018
Rachael Tom

Improving Student Focus with Physical Activities

Learning Through Play, Learning at Home

There is no doubt that academic learning is important, but what happens when it's paired with physical activity in the classroom? It turns out that there are many benefits linked to combining the two subjects, resulting in a more focused class of students.

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October 18, 2018
Lina Awshee

Fun Activities to Strengthen Your Child's Vision

Learning Through Play, Learning at Home

“Your child has 20/20 vision” is often a statement that many are excited to hear. Yes, that’s great news… but have you ever wondered what 20/20 is? And what exactly does “perfect vision" mean? How does that affect school performance? 

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October 04, 2018
Kristin Crouch

Using Games to Build Soft Skills

Learning Through Play, Learning at Home

I have long sung the praises of games in the classroom. As we begin our school year together, they help me get to know my students, understand their reasoning skills, and introduce healthy debate. Games provide excellent opportunities to move around the room and practice the soft skills necessary to be a productive citizen such as camaraderie, decision making, thinking on your feet, and the all-important: handling successes and failure gracefully. 

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September 27, 2018
Danielle Novascone

Building Confidence Through Play

Learning Through Play, Learning at Home

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. And, that’s it. Thanks for your time, folks. I’m kidding! Well, kind of, but I do have a few more ideas. Let’s discuss.

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