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November 19, 2018
You Need to Hear This! 3 Facts You Didn’t Know About Listening
You Need to Hear This! 3 Facts You Didn’t Know About Listening

By Greta Pauly

We learn by listening. In fact, 85% of what we have learned in our entire life is through listening. Maybe we’re listening to a story over dinner, or having a phone call with a friend on the way to work. Every day we play the role of active listener, and this certainly holds true in the classroom.

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November 7, 2018
Why Classroom Acoustics Matter
Why Classroom Acoustics Matter

By Greta Pauly

We may not realize it, but the acoustics of a classroom can affect many aspects of the teaching and learning experience. This includes some obvious attributes like the way students and teachers hear, and also some less obvious ones like stress levels and behavior issues.

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October 25, 2018
3 Ways to Gain Insight into How Students Learn
3 Ways to Gain Insight into How Students Learn

By Shaun Fagan

Just because a student gets an A on an assignment doesn’t mean they fully understand the material. Evaluations, parent/teacher conferences, and report cards capture a snapshot of how well students are digesting classroom assignments, but none of these really show a true, detailed image of students’ performance and how they learn based on their individual styles. Here’s a trio of techniques that educators can use to further their knowledge of how their students learn.

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October 9, 2018
4 Easy Ways to Address Hearing Loss in the Classroom
4 Easy Ways to Address Hearing Loss in the Classroom

By David Solomon

Did you know that 15% of school-age children have some degree of hearing loss? To better accommodate students’ needs, teachers need to understand and evaluate their physical challenges from the start. They’re easy to overlook, especially if the child tends to be quiet in the classroom. Every student deserves access to life-enriching education, but to build their knowledge, they first need to be able to hear what the teacher is saying. 

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September 24, 2018
Start the School Year Off with These 3 Icebreakers
Start the School Year Off with These 3 Icebreakers

by Shaun Fagan

A new school year is a great time to set realistic and attainable goals for ourselves and reflect on last year’s lessons learned. One important aspect of starting the year off right is getting to know your students: did you know that on average, teachers affect more than 3,000 students during their career? And when teachers spend time to get to know their students, it can have a positive effect on their performance, engagement, and even test scores.

Don’t gloss over getting to know your new students as unique individuals this year. Try using these icebreaker ideas to support a collaborative and meaningful learning environment for your classroom.

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