15 Ways to Inspire Movement in Class

*Originially published on Becker’s Insight’s on Early Learning Blog. “The development of the mind comes through movement.” ~Maria Montessori Movement is essential in the early years. Students learn by doing and need ample opportunities throughout the day to engage their minds and bodies. Active learning environments allow students to...

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Parent Partnerships: Volunteers for Learning

Parent partnerships are crucial! Creating a variety of opportunities for parents to volunteer throughout the year can truly change the dynamic of the classroom for the better. Rather than using parent volunteers for standard organizational tasks only, integrate opportunities for them to truly support instruction. They can provide the additional...

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13 Tips for a Talkative Class

I LOVE my class this year. Diverse. Capable. Sweet. Unique. Enthusiastic. Energetic. Hard-working. Funny. Lovable. These are some of the words that come to mind when I think of my first graders. But one more word that also comes to mind is…chatty. Very chatty. We are a work in progress with...

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20 Dollar Tree Finds for Teachers

Dollar Tree is a thrifty teacher’s best friend. I personally can’t exit that place without a cart full of teaching supplies, organizational materials, classroom decor, readers’ theater props/costume items, or prizes for my class shop. It’s my go-to place when I’m in need of some retail therapy after a...

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30 Brain Break Clips: Fight the Fidgeting!

Brain breaks have been popular for quite some time now. We’ve learned that regularly incorporating short movement activities throughout the instructional day not only allows children to get their wiggles out, but it energizes them while increasing their ability to focus on the next learning activity as well. Just...

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50 “Community Helper” Jobs

As teachers, we want each student to feel special. We want them to feel like they are an ntegral part of our classroom community. Assigning a “community helper” job to every student not only promotes a sense of responsibility, but it can also help us maintain a smooth and...

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