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Topics: Learners Edge News

Thank You to Teachers

Thank you to Community Builders, Passion and Purpose Providers, Compassion Deliverers
(a.k.a. Teachers)

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Topics: Teaching Wellness & Inspiration, Learners Edge News

Parent Teacher Communication Tips

Teachers and parents team-up for education outcomes each year and play to win for the sake of their child, our student. Just as each student brings a unique set of strengths and challenges, so do the parents. It’s our job to inspire and educate all our students based on their individual needs, which means we must also inspire, educate, and tag-team with parents to ensure our combined efforts result in progress and success for their child, our student.  

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Topics: Teaching Advice

Advice for Teachers from a Middle School Student


My middle school aged son, Garrett, (not pictured above) is not a huge fan of school which is a struggle since he has an educator for a mother (that’s me!). He gets average to above average grades, but when I ask, he claims he hasn’t learned a thing. He says school is boring! So, I wondered, what advice would he give teachers to make school better.  

Check out his responses, and note, like most teenage boys, he was not very thorough or overly compelling, so I’ve added some tips to help you apply the information!  

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Topics: Teaching Advice

Resolving Conflict in the Classroom

Handling classroom conflicts is a part of most teachers’ lives. Even seemingly small disputes can negatively impact the classroom environment and interfere with long-term relationships. This is why managing student conflict peaceably is such an important part of our work as educators. If we want to establish a classroom culture that values community, conflicts between students should be approached with true reconciliation as the goal. We can turn these situations into teachable moments by helping students understand their actions, the actions of others, and find solutions together. 

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Topics: Teaching Advice

Teacher Inspiration: Lessons Learned from a Student

 Every single one of our students has a story….

Is it just me or has the entire Prom experience morphed into a full-blown production? Online videos are posted, both expecting and un-expecting dates-to-be are surprised in front of large groups of peers, and more is made of the “question” than the event.  Yes, I get it…It’s almost a competition and I like to win.  There was an occasion, however, when a different type of “promposal” took place for all of the wrong reasons.

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Topics: Teaching Wellness & Inspiration

Learners Edge Launches New Continuing Education Course: Teach Like a Historian

Make History Come Alive! 

Teach your students to “think like historians” in our engaging new Learners Edge course! 5017: Teach Like an Historian: Teaching Historical Investigations in Social Studies is designed for middle and high school social studies teachers looking for new ways to engage students with the past. At the center of this course is the text, Why Won’t You Just Tell Us the Answer? Historical Thinking in Grades 7-12. The product of nearly twenty years of social studies teaching, author Bruce Lesh’s work is based in real-world applications, practical strategies, and a healthy understanding of the fun and challenges of teaching middle and high school students. We love this text, and we think you’ll love the chance to share the power of historical thinking with your students!  

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Teaching Tips to Increase Classroom Conversation

What’s the condition of conversation in your classroom today? Are students engaging with each other - exchanging ideas, building relationships, and learning together? Are you connecting in face-to-face dialogue with your students throughout the school day? Is there a buzz of talk underlying daily learning outcomes? Are students looking up from digital devices routinely and strategically to discuss new learning?  If so - congrats, keep going!  If no - keep reading for some conversation inspiration! 

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Topics: Teaching Advice

Technology for Teachers: Google Keep- A Busy Teacher’s Best Friend

I did it!  I found the perfect app to help organize my busy personal AND work life.  It integrates so easily into my current Google workflow and is accessible on all of my devices. It’s called Google Keep and if you haven’t experienced its wonders, then you are totally missing out.  

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Topics: Technology

Teacher Wellness: 5 Lessons from Happy Teachers

Great teachers are happy teachers! Happy teachers feel confident, energized, and purposeful. They face new challenges with curiosity and resiliency. People who are genuinely happy also tend to be physically healthier and have healthier relationships. But what happens when you don’t feel happy? Teaching is joyful, but it is also hard. Take a few minutes now to learn how to foster happiness each day with these helpful tips. You deserve it! 

Don’t Worry, Be Happy! 

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Topics: Teaching Wellness & Inspiration

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