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Tips and Resources for Teaching Summer School

 

**This blog was originally published in 2017, but we thought it would be a good  topic to highlight for those special teachers that are embracing the adventure that is summer school!** 

Every spring as the school year began to wind down, I began to gear up for summer school, or Extended School Year (ESY), which is specifically for students with special needs. Sometimes my teacher friends questioned my sanity for signing up for ESY in special education every summer, but I truly enjoyed it!ESY was the perfect opportunity for students to work on their academic and social/emotional/behavioral skills based on the needs outlined on their Individual Education Plans (IEPs) in a small, laid-back summertime setting. 

Please allow me to take you through a typical summer school/ESY morning. 

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Topics: Teaching Advice, Classroom Management

Tips to Organize and Declutter Your Classroom

The topic of minimalism has been popping up all around me the past few years. According to the website The Minimalists, “minimalism is a tool to rid yourself of life’s excess in favor of focusing on what’s important—so you can find happiness, fulfillment, and freedom.” Eager to find out how this movement could impact my own life, I picked up some books on the subject from the local library and set out on a journey to downsize, declutter, and make way for more living. I’d like to share with you what I learned and how these concepts might help you as teachers design more organized, vibrant classrooms!

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Topics: Classroom Management, Teaching Advice

Classroom Organization: Managing Absent Work [VIDEO]

Managing make-up work can be a daunting task for both students and teachers. Learn how  to create a homework station for students to access in your classroom to ensure students have the materials and information they need when they return to school.

 

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Topics: Classroom Management, Video

10 Tips on How to Organize a Classroom

Late spring is a time when teachers typically wrap-up and pack-up classrooms for summer break. The school year has been a whirlwind (I’m 100% sure about this) and students are buzzing with energy for “movin’ on” with their lives. Teachers begin to feel a faint sense of relief tinged with a hint of hope that all their Herculean efforts to instruct and inspire have impacted their beloved students. Soon year-end testing will be checked-off the list, report cards will be completed, and then it’s “School’s out for summer!”  But not until classrooms are cleared and cupboards and closets filled with materials and random left-overs from learning….  

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Topics: Classroom Management

Tips and Resources for Teaching Summer School

 

Every spring as the school year began to wind down, I began to gear up for summer school, or Extended School Year (ESY), which is specifically for students with special needs. Sometimes my teacher friends questioned my sanity for signing up for ESY in special education every summer, but I truly enjoyed it!ESY was the perfect opportunity for students to work on their academic and social/emotional/behavioral skills based on the needs outlined on their Individual Education Plans (IEPs) in a small, laid-back summertime setting. 

Please allow me to take you through a typical summer school/ESY morning. 

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Topics: Teaching Advice, Classroom Management

How to Prevent Cyberbullying in Your Classroom



National Bullying Prevention Month is a nationwide campaign founded in 2006 by PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center. The campaign is held during the month of October and unites communities around the world to educate and raise awareness of bullying prevention. The goal is to encourage communities to work together to stop bullying and cyberbullying by increasing awareness of the prevalence and impact of bullying on all children of all ages.

According to Sameer Hindua and Justin Patchin authors of, School Climate 2.0: Preventing Cyberbullying and Sexting One Classroom at a Time, cyberbullying is defined as willful and repeated harm inflicted through the use of computers, cell phones, and other electronic devices. In short, it is bullying using technology.

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Topics: Classroom Management, Teaching with Technology

4 Ways to Create a Classroom Community

Learners Edge is lucky enough to review outstanding coursework from teachers across the country. Sometimes their coursework is so fantastic, we think it needs to be shared! Below are some great suggestions from submitted coursework along with some ideas from our own Curriculum and Instruction team on how to build community within your classroom…

There they are – staring at you. Cute lil’ folks in desks or at tables, looking a little fearful but mostly excited, catching side glances from their buddies. You stare back – trying to figure out what you were supposed to be doing with them, completely drawing a blank and your heart beginning the telltale palpitations of increased nervous adrenaline….

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Topics: Classroom Management

5 Tips to Consider in Designing Your Classroom

It’s the start of a new school year and that means you have a blank slate in terms of setting up your classroom. This is a great opportunity to reflect on what worked well and what you want to change. Well-run classrooms begin with the room’s physical layout. Keep these teacher-tested tips in mind as you work on this year's classroom design.

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Topics: Classroom Management

How to Understand and Empower Teens

Successfully managing a classroom, especially if you are a secondary teacher, requires more than knowledge of content and teaching strategies, insight into adolescent culture also plays a critical role in classroom success. Adolescence is a difficult time in development - students often lack motivation, and may be confused about their place in the world. So how can you help students transition through adolescence and succeed academically? After taking Learners Edge Course 693: Fully Wired: Understanding & Empowering Adolescents, a secondary teacher outlines the effects, causes and adaptations you can utilize to help better understand & empower teens.

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Topics: Classroom Management

Homework: How Much is Too Much?

Students and homework-a dilemma every teacher faces. Have you ever asked yourself or a colleague any of the following questions?

  • I’ve got a nagging sense that some of the homework I assign is busy work. Is that a good thing?
  • What exactly does the research show on the effects of homework?
  • Is the battle over homework really one I should be fighting with students, parents and other teachers?
  • What are the best ways to integrate homework into the mix?
  • Should students have homework?
  • How much homework is too much?
  • How do I get my students to do their homework?

You are not alone. These are questions that each and every teacher asks themselves and depending on who you ask, the answers to these questions varies. At Learners Edge, we will try to make sense of it all and provide you with some solid take-a ways that you can bring back to your classroom to implement with your students in terms of homework.

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Topics: Classroom Management

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