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Teachers Pay Teachers Is Having a Sale This Week & Here’s Everything on Our Wishlist
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Teachers Pay Teachers Is Having a Sale This Week & Here’s Everything on Our Wishlist

Hooray! It’s time for the 2020 back-to-school Teachers Pay Teachers sale! With most schools prepping for some sort of distance learning option, this is the perfect time to purchase new materials for online learning or to print and send home. On August 4th and 5th you can use code BTS20 to save up to 25% on Teachers Pay Teachers items. (Note: Some sellers may not be offering the full 25% off on their items.) While you may already have a list of what you want to buy during the sale, we thought we’d put together some of our favorite Teachers Pay Teachers items. The sale is an especially great time to buy the pricier bundles, and the ones below come with great reviews! Plus, check out our favorite TPT sellers for kindergarten, first grade, second grade, third grade, fourth grade, fifth grade,...
A Shoe Organizer Might be the Answer to Your Classroom Organization Problems
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A Shoe Organizer Might be the Answer to Your Classroom Organization Problems

Does anyone else have a school supply organization system that looks something like the box below? Transform your school supply organization with a simple-to-make and easy-to-use over-the-door organizer. Use it in your classroom or in your teach-from-home space! Step 1: Go shopping and print out your labels Pick up a hanging shoe organizer and some brads. While you’re there, you might as well pick up a box of fun colored pens or some new cute binder clips. After all, you will now have a fun place to store them. You’ll also need to download and print out a set of our free classroom organizer labels. (We printed ours on heavy-duty card stock and they turned great, but if you have access to a laminator, that would work out well, too.) Click here to print your labels. Step 2: Hang your shoe...
Teach Kids How Germs Spread with This Free Printable Activity
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Teach Kids How Germs Spread with This Free Printable Activity

Teaching kids about germs can help prevent them from getting sick. This germ education activity was designed especially with grades K-2 in mind and teaches kids how germs spread through a fun story and cut-and-paste task. Plus, it provides extra practice in an important reading skill: sequencing! We love this activity because it works for either in-person or virtual learning. The Story: “A Germy Day” Follow Tim as he makes his way to school … and picks up lots of germs on the way. Depending on your students’ reading levels, you can read this aloud, post it in a center, print it out for them to read on their own, or send it for learning at home. The Activity: Sequencing Students can color in the comic squares before they cut them out and paste them in order on the story mat. This makes f...
Five things you can use for your students this fall (whether your school is in-person or remote)
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Five things you can use for your students this fall (whether your school is in-person or remote)

Maybe you’re adapting your entire curriculum to work in a hybrid or remote teaching environment. Maybe you’re teaching in-person—but in a classroom environment that  doesn’t feel like any you’ve experienced. Or maybe (and, oh man, our hearts go out to you), you’re still just not sure what your school has planned for the school year.  No matter what, you know there will be a list of things you’ll need for your students to learn. Here’s five things you can stock up on right now, no matter whether you’ll be teaching in-person, remote, or a mix of both. We’ve made sure there’s more flexible shipping options available than ever, so for lots of items, you don’t need to be at your school building to get packages delivered. 1. Basic supplies Kelly, a third grade teacher in Virginia, is s...
We’re Taking Steps to Improve Federal Loan Servicing
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We’re Taking Steps to Improve Federal Loan Servicing

By: Chief Operating Officer Mark Brown, Federal Student Aid You may have heard that changes are coming to student loan servicing, and that’s true. But, there’s no need to panic. Your loan servicer will not be changing this year. In fact, long before your loan servicer changes, we’ll communicate with you. We’ll make sure you have lots of advance notice, we’ll explain how your loans will be serviced going forward, and we’ll make sure your account transfer is as seamless as possible. As a matter of fact, we’ve set out to make all of your experiences with federal student aid better. In 2017, Federal Student Aid (FSA) launched the Next Gen FSA initiative to bring the federal student aid experience into the 21st century and improve how you—students, parents, borrowers, and schools—int...
Tap Out! Help Students Self-Assess Fast
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Tap Out! Help Students Self-Assess Fast

A MiddleWeb Blog Looking for a fresh, fun way to quickly and easily assess your students’ progress? Try having them “Tap Out!” Tap Out is a very simple method for helping students think about their progress toward meeting a learning target. It also provides teachers with on-going formative assessment data that they can use to help students meet academic and social goals. (Inside this post, I’ve included a “Covid” version you might try. And near the end there’s a bonus idea – having your students self report their likely grades.) Have Students Self-Assess? Helping students practice self-assessment of their learning process is a win-win. When students self-assess: • They are more likely to take ownership of their learning.• The locus of control over learning shifts from teacher to...
When Should We Skip the Graphic Organizer?
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When Should We Skip the Graphic Organizer?

By Sunday Cummins Quite often when we hand students a graphic organizer to complete while analyzing a text’s structure, we’re doing the thinking for them. We’re telling them how the author has organized and developed the ideas in that source. The students just have to find the details that fit into the graphic organizer.   This is a missed opportunity for kids to engage in critical thinking of their own. Providing students with graphic organizers related to text structures can also be problematic because many authors use multiple structures in a source. For example, an article about the latest drone technology may appear to be descriptive, describing what a drone is and how drones are used. But what about when the author also addresses the potential effects drones may have on ou...
National Education Policy 2020: Major Impact On Your Child’s Curriculum & Future
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National Education Policy 2020: Major Impact On Your Child’s Curriculum & Future

In a revolutionary move, the Narendra Modi-led central government replaced a 34-year-old National Policy on Education, framed in 1986, with the National Education Policy (NEP) of 2020, on July 29.  Ever since, it has been the talk of the town with parents and students trying to comprehend the impact of the new policy. Bringing a sea of change, most educators suggest that the NEP is ambitious and futuristic.  Approved by the union cabinet, the policy makes sweeping reforms in school and higher education including teaching and curriculum.  As discussed in our previous blogs, curriculum establishes the foundation for your child’s future. Thus, it’s more than important for you to understand how every change in the National Education Policy 2020 impacts your child’s education.  Let’s star...
How Libraries Stretch Their Capabilities to Serve Kids During a Pandemic
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How Libraries Stretch Their Capabilities to Serve Kids During a Pandemic

In return, the public is leaning more on libraries to support their kids during the pandemic. Before coronavirus forced school and business closures, Americans already viewed libraries as essential to communities. But since shutdowns began back in March, use of library services has increased sharply. Digital book loans have skyrocketed, with children’s e-book checkouts more than doubling since the COVID-19 closures began, according to a report from NPR. A majority of libraries have made borrowing digital media easier by relaxing and extending online renewal policies, offering a wider range of ebooks and streaming media, and increased virtual programming, according to a Public Library Association survey.  Though it doesn’t look like it has in year...
Why Student Voice is Critical for Managing Discipline When Schools Reopen
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Why Student Voice is Critical for Managing Discipline When Schools Reopen

It’s unclear when school buildings will reopen across the U.S., but when they do, it won’t be education as usual. Coronavirus precautions may include wearing masks, spacing desks six feet apart, restricting hallway movement and eating lunch inside classrooms. Students will be reconnecting with peers after months of limited contact, and some will still be dealing with the stress caused by the pandemic’s medical or financial impact on their families. This unusual brew of circumstances has some educators worried about more than just the spread of germs. Will enforcement of new health and safety measures lead to increased disciplinary actions, further disrupting students’ education? And if so, will it exacerbate the disproportionate punishment rates that Black students and students with disabi...