Classroom Organization Hacks to Keep You Sane

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We know it’s only July and schools don’t open for another month or so, but back to school season is already gearing up. Most major retailers are already pushing school supplies and uniforms.  And while most teachers are dreaming up new themes and décor, we want you to prepare to put organizational systems in place that will last you all year long.  Well thought out classroom organization can go a long way to reducing chaos and stress while keeping everyone working effectively and efficiently.
Here are some of our favorite classroom hacks to stay organized all year:
Student Display Space
  • For this hack from BoredTeachers.com, use laminated colored paper and a clothespin to create a special space to display student work all year. Students will love having an honored place to show off their hard work.
Color Code Classroom Technology
  • Color code your technology with this hack from Prodigy. Use colored tabs to help students find the right spot for the device and the matching cable!

 

Say Goodbye to Glue Sticks
  • Make glue sponges. All you need is glue, a sponge, and a small Tupperware container. This hack found on WeAreTeachers.com will save you so many glue sticks!
Dry Erase Dots
  • Use dry erase dots on your group table. Save yourself the trouble of getting out the dry erase boards and storing them all year. Create a dry erase board right on the table with this hack from BoredTeachers.com.
AWOL Binder
  • Create an “AWOL” binder (Absent Work Organizational Log) with this hack from WeAreTeachers. Use this binder to keep track of what was done in class each day as well as any assignments that are due. Be sure to insert any handouts or other assignments.

 

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You Made It! It’s Time to Reflect on an Unprecedented Year

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Congratulations! You made it through an unprecedented year. This month’s resources are here to help you reflect and refresh. Take a moment to celebrate your success and reflect on all the challenges that you overcame. Explore all the free professional development options for summer learning and growth below!

Take a Moment to Reflect

Download and print our free “Year in Review” document to reflect on a year like no other! This document will help you process the challenges and shift your focus to a new and brighter year to come!

Explore Opportunities to Learn and Grow Over the Summer
  • Coursera – Join for free and access free courses from Yale, Johns Hopkins, and other major universities! Topics include Race and Cultural Diversity, Social & Emotional skills, etc.
  • Learning for Justice (formerly Teaching Tolerance) – Explore the library of webinars and self-guided learning.
  • Learner’s Edge – View these free previously recorded webinars with options for completion certificates after viewing.
  • Sanford Inspire – These are not just webinars. Dive into more than 70 free professional development courses with end of course assessment credits.
  • Facing History – Gain new perspectives and add more tools to your teaching toolbox with Facing History’s online seminars and workshops.
  • TeacherFirst Workshops – Live, free, and interactive. If you’re looking for a more hands-on professional development option, TeachersFirst might be just what you are looking for!
  • Edweb – Check out these free educational webinars on a wide range of topics.

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Thank You Teachers! Teacher Appreciation Week Giveaway!

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In honor of all your hard work, patience, and flexibility this year and every year, we are dedicating this post to celebrating YOU! Thank you for your patience, empathy, positivity, enthusiasm, knowledge, flexibility, leadership, kindness, perseverance, humility, and resilience. Check out all of the freebies and giveaways below!

Thank you teachers!

We are so proud of the work you do every day to make a difference in your students’ lives. This month, the Student Learning and Partner Success team is giving away a $25 Amazon gift card.

Click here to enter for a chance to win!

Teacher Appreciation Week Freebies & Deals

Free Event: Choice in Education Celebration

Have you heard about the Choice in Education Celebration? This celebration is in lieu of our annual Choice in Education Conference. We are throwing a virtual party to close out the school year and show appreciation for our private school leaders, educators, parents and students. This FREE event will be held virtually on May 20th from 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. We will hear from Keynote Speaker Gerry Brooks, and giveaway fabulous prizes! Save your seat and REGISTER TODAY!

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Autism Awareness Month Resources for All Classrooms

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In honor of National Autism Awareness Day on April 2nd, this month’s post highlights resources to support the success and acceptance of unique learners in your classroom. We hope you will use these resources throughout the year!

Person First Language

A disability does not define an individual! Identify the individual first rather than the disability. Explore the resources below to learn more about person first language and be sure to adopt this practice in your classroom and your everyday life.

Social Stories

Social stories are a great way to explain simple concepts or experiences with visuals. This is a great tool to use BEFORE a student experiences something. If a teacher knows a fire drill is taking place soon, she can review a fire drill social story to prepare the students.

Visual Tools & Symbols

Visual tools are a great way to promote functional communication.  The resources below offer options to use for visual schedules, social stories, behavior charts, etc. Both resources offer functional graphics that are simple to interpret.

Puzzle Piece Project Tool Kit

It is important for all students to understand and accept people with autism! Autism Speaks created the Puzzle Piece Project to increase the understanding and acceptance of students with autism in all grade levels.

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Free Printable March Madness Reading Challenge

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In honor of Read Across America Day, this month we’re featuring a March Madness Reading Challenge! And, because every month should include stories of diverse American heroes, the theme of the reading challenge is: Unsung Heroes of Black History. Challenge your students to get to know these 16 influential little-known heroes. Which inspiring story will become your favorite unsung hero?

Looking to inspire your middle and high school students?

Sometimes middle school or high school students struggle to connect authentically with history lessons. One way to inspire them to pick up a biography about a historical figure is to show a documentary tied to that figure’s life and structure class discussion around the documentary. Consider viewing Mighty Times: The Children’s March, a 2004 American short documentary film about the Birmingham, Alabama civil rights marches in the 1960s, highlighting the bravery of young activists involved in the Children’s Crusade and using discussion questions provided by Learning For Justice. You just might inspire your students to pick up a book about movement leaders Rev. Andrew Young and Rev. James Bevel, or Carolyn McKinstry, one of the marchers profiled in the documentary.

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Project Based Learning Made Simple

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10 free Project Based Learning resources from Tech & Learning.

Here are two of our favorite options:

  1. Houghton Mifflin Project Based Learning Space
    • Houghton Mifflin offers resources for teachers with in-depth discussion of project-based learning. This site includes an overview of the issues surrounding PBL, the student’s role in the process, and several projects to get you started (including the popular “egg drop” experiment and “Mission to Mars”).
  1. Better Lesson Problem Based Units
    • A huge collection of PBL lessons, activities, and resources for grades K-8th including NASA Rocks! and Introduction of Spider Bio-Diversity.
Check out these age & grade level specific Project Based Learning projects for Remote Learning from the Buck Institute for Education. You can use this collection of project resources while facilitating online or in person learning with your students!
Looking for a Good Read?

Check out Natalie Wexler’s book “The Knowledge Gap.” Through the stories of educators, students, and parents, “The Knowledge Gap” dives into the real issues at the heart of what we call the achievement gap. The book zeros in on the importance of building knowledge of the world rather than focusing solely on skills. It’s a deep dive into the heart of reading, literacy, and the disparities in our education system that you won’t want to miss! Click here to learn more!

 

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Resources for Accommodations in the Classroom and FREE One-Day Teacher Summit through ASU!

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Happy New Year Teachers! As we begin 2021, we wanted to tackle the often overlooked topic of accommodations. This month’s resources will help you access, select, and implement accommodations for students with unique abilities in your classroom.

Here are ten resources to assist with accessing, selecting, and implementing accommodations for the students in your classroom:

  1. This document published by the Florida DOE in 2010 aims to assist school district personnel and parents when making decisions about the use of accommodations by students with disabilities in instructional situations. View the slightly shorter updated version of the manual here.
  2. Check out the Center for Parent Information and Resources webpage, dedicated to, “Supports, Modifications and Accommodations” for students with disabilities.
  3. Explore this webpage from Understood.org providing some common accommodations and modifications that schools and families can discuss as possible options.
  4. Click here to look through the SmartKids with Learning Disabilities website providing examples of Accommodations and Modifications available to students with disabilities.
  5. Watch this video from the Exceptional Children’s Assistance Center illustrating how to implement accommodations and modifications for students with disabilities.
  6. Explore the National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET) webpage dedicated to accommodations for students with disabilities in High School.
  7. Click here to find the Texas A & T Faculty Resource Guide promoting access for students with disabilities.
  8. Us this helpful document published by the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities through the U.S. Department of Education on Adaptations and Accommodations for Students with Disabilities.
  9. Check out these test taking tips for students with learning disabilities developed by Super Duper®
  10. To explore diagnostic, instruction, and technology support services check out the Florida Diganostic and Learning Resources System (FDLRS) website.

Free One-Day Teacher Summit with Professional Development Credit from Arizona State University:

REMOTE K12: The Connected Teacher Summit, hosted by ASU is a free, one-day virtual event to be held on January 9, 2021 to help K-12 educators deliver better online and blended learning experiences. Learn and network with educators from across the country who will share learning techniques and insights on assessment, collaboration, instructional design, innovation amid adversity, instructor presence, self-care and wellness, student engagement and more. Click here to learn more and sign up for Free!

Free Building Inclusive Schools Professional Development options through Step Up for Students:

All trainings are FREE thanks to support from Step Up For Students and our generous donors.

  • Foundations of an Inclusive Community (Vanessa Douyon – Promise 54)
  • Is Your School Anti-Racist? (Vanessa Douyon – Promise 54)
  • LGBTQ Culturally Competent Best Practices (De Palazzo – Equality Florida)

Click here  to learn more about the content of these trainings. Click here to register.

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Free Professional Development, Giveaway, Resources, and More!

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Free Training through Step Up for Students (Giveaway Alert!):

Learn about how you can live out your commitment to creating psychologically safe and inclusive spaces. Explore the links below to learn about multiple FREE virtual training opportunities coming up for you and your staff.

All trainings are FREE thanks to support from Step Up For Students and our generous donors.

  • Foundations of an Inclusive Community (Vanessa Douyon – Promise 54)
  • Is Your School Anti-Racist? (Vanessa Douyon – Promise 54)
  • LGBTQ Culturally Competent Best Practices (De Palazzo – Equality Florida)

Click here  to learn more about the content of these trainings.

Giveaway Alert! – Register for any of these trainings before December 18, 2020 to be entered into a giveaway for a set of books for a diverse classroom library!                    Click here to register.

Free Technology Conference for Educators:

Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC)-  January 26 -29, 2021

FETC 2021 will be a fully interactive FREE virtual multi-day conference experience using state-of-the-art technology. Hear from top experts and innovators in education technology, experience AI-based networking, and explore the cutting edge FETC Virtual Expo to see the latest apps, hardware, software, and tech tools to support your teaching in this new era. Click here to learn more!

Looking for a good book over the break?

Check out Natalie Wexler’s book “The Knowledge Gap.” Through the stories of educators, students, and parents, “The Knowledge Gap” dives into the real issues at the heart of what we call the achievement gap. The book zeros in on the importance of building knowledge of the world rather than focusing solely on skills. It’s a deep dive into the heart of reading, literacy, and the disparities in our education system that you won’t want to miss! Click here to learn more!

Planning Resources for the Break:

We know you’ll most likely be doing some planning over the break. Here are a few resources to help keep your plans organized!

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STEM Giveaway and Free Printable Election Activities

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In honor of November’s National STEM Day, our resources this month are all about STEM! No doubt, your students are also still talking about the results of the 2020 election. What better time to roll out a math lesson on the election results? Check out the details below and explore more exciting activities to use this month.

STEM Giveaway!

For National STEM Day we are giving away a sample of simulated dirt from Mars! Could we survive on Mars? Experiment with different plants and soil types by growing plants in “dirt” that is similar to the surface of Mars.  Click here to enter!
Free STEM & Math Lessons and Activities:

Nominate students now for the 2020 Virtual Rising Stars Awards! Click here to nominate.

 

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4 Live Virtual Field Trip Options You Don’t Want to Miss!

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We know that with all the adaptations teachers are making this year, there is not much time to search for interesting activities or engaging field trips. For many teachers, in-person field trips are not even an option right now. That is why this month’s resources are designed to provide you with easy to access, free, exciting, live field trips and virtual tours that you can experience with your students. We hope these resources can help engage both the in-person and remote learners in your classroom!

  1. Skype in the Classroom
    • By far the best option for virtual field trips, guest speakers, tours, and virtual connections. This completely free resource offers personal tours and conversations with experts in any field! Check out their library of virtual field trips, join a special live event, or schedule a scientist or a best-selling author to be your next guest speaker.
  2. Live Distance Learning from the National Parks
    • The National Parks have gone virtual! Chat with a Ranger or join one of their many educational live events. Two parks with excellent live distance learning options are Zion National Park and Grand Canyon National Park.
  3. National Pro-Football Hall of Fame’s Free Youth & Education Video Conferencing Programs
    • The NFL Pro-football Hall of Fame’s Youth & Education Center offers free video conferencing programs on a whole host of topics.
  4. Free Virtual Tours & Live Programs from the Center for Interactive Learning & Collaboration
    • Tours and programs cover topics such as Art, Nature, History, STEM, and so much more!
Don’t have time to schedule a live session? Try a Virtual Tour!

Let Educate help provide your faculty with personalized pathways of support. There is more to Educate than technology. To view support pathway options, click here.

Hispanic Heritage Month       
  • The deadline for the 2020 Hispanic Heritage Month art and essay contests with the theme of “Celebrating Untold Stories and Contributions of Hispanic Americans in Florida” has been extended to 5:00 pm Eastern Time on Thursday, October 15, 2020. In addition, students, parents, teachers, and principals are invited to nominate full-time educators in elementary, middle and high schools for the Hispanic Heritage Month Excellence in Education Award. Click here for more information!

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