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Why Smart Girls Underachieve and How To Encourage Them To Be High Achievers

Why Smart Girls Underachieve and How To Encourage Them To Be High Achievers

  Creating strong, capable women who are high achievers starts not only at home but also in the classroom. When many smart girls encounter a new or difficult challenge, they often believe that they will be unsuccessful, so they give up. Smart Girls underachieve for a bunch of reasons! Have you ever noticed this pattern, […]

How to Reach Unreachable Students

How to Reach Unreachable Students unreachable student

I’m sure there has been a time during your teaching career, (and if not, hang on there probably will be) that you’ve encountered an unreachable student in the class. But what is an unreachable student, and how can they be identified? An unreachable student is one who does not participate in a class or make […]

Learning About Lesser-Known Figures in Black History Month

Learning About Lesser-Known Figures in Black History Month

  February is Black History Month. It’s the perfect opportunity to discuss the Civil Rights movement with students and the impact that Black History has left on America. But what if we approached teaching it a different way? Most students are educated on the legacies left behind by those such as Rosa Parks, Martin Luther […]

The Importance of Teaching Logic

The Importance of Teaching Logic

Logic is the beginning of wisdom, not the end – Leonard Nimoy Logic, can it be taught? Or is it something that is naturally instilled? Actually, it can be taught! Breathe a sigh of relief. It is one of the most important skills to teach in elementary grades because it is a foundational critical thinking […]

THE SECRET TO TEACHING YOUR KIDS TO WRITE SCARY STORIES

THE SECRET TO TEACHING YOUR KIDS TO WRITE SCARY STORIES SCARY STORY

You’re terrified. Your heart is pounding, and your chest feels like it’s going to EXPLODE!  You breathe faster and faster as sweat drips from your shaking hands. Are you going to die?  NO.  You’re just listening to a SCARY STORY. Being scared is exciting, right?  If it wasn’t, why would we go on haunted hayrides, […]

TURNING RELUCTANT WRITERS INTO AWESOME AUTHORS

TURNING RELUCTANT WRITERS INTO AWESOME AUTHORS tips to turn reluctant writers into awesome authors

Are your students reluctant writers? Do you have kiddos who either write terrible stories, or hate writing altogether?  I used to have to pull teeth to get any decent writing out of my kiddos. Whenever I announced we were going to write about something, they’d moan and groan, and (I hate to admit this), I’d […]