With school funding stretched thin, teachers need to take the lead in seeking out alternate funding opportunities

How can schools, classrooms, and teachers receive additional funding? Money is out there, but it’s not always easily accessible. Add in that administrators are bombarded by teacher requests for funding for various programs and--with limited time to research, validate, and explore the many options available--are often left feeling wary and overwhelmed. What …

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What is Convergent and Divergent Thinking? Convergent and divergent thinking are valuable tools in the classroom, but the concept didn’t start in the classroom. It started in the discipline of psychology. The terms convergent and divergent thinking came from American psychologist JP Guilford in the 1950s. Guilford's theory of the structure of human intellect identified three factors of intelligence that help define a person’s overall intellectual ability …

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While there are many traditional methods of communication that are used in schools and will continue to be used for years to come, there are also new means to speak with students that are proving to be effective. While nothing will ever quite match a teacher standing in front of the students and delivering a lecture or explaining something patiently, emails are now a common tool for distributing messages and …

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It is tough to get into college these days. With stiff competition from thousands of applicants, one place to set yourself apart is during your interview. Not all colleges require (or even offer) an interview component to their application process, but many do, so check the school’s website or contact the admission office to find out if interviews are offered and how to schedule one. Interviews may be conducted …

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A growth mindset is a new concept in a lot of educational circles, but it is trending in education right now because it introduces the idea of shifting the focus from achievement (grades) and placing it on effort and determination to accomplish goals. Carol Dweck: Growth Mindset Pioneer In a book published in 2007, psychology professor Carol Dweck was one of the first to embrace the concept of the growth …

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Hands-on experiences are one of the best ways to learn and make education more engaging. Give your students the opportunity to make lasting memories and to learn something new as you consider this list of free activities and field trip locations, from great works of art to the great outdoors! If you’re a teacher or a parent looking for free learning opportunities for your curious crew, check out one …

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Students in Tennessee prepare every year to take the TNReady test and prove they have learned enough to enter the world or proceed to college. The tests are an important benchmark for student progress. They are intended to measure understanding instead of memorization. Students in third through eighth grade take TNReady assessments in English language arts, math, science, and social studies at the end of each school year. Teachers cover …

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Are we here already? Is it testing season again? Well of course it is, and just like death, taxes, and another movie based on a comic book, we’ve got to deal with it. Students- and parents- will stress and fret, and there is nothing we can do to prevent that. There are, however, some nuggets of wisdom we can try to impart to help them deal with this time …

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As spring approaches, teachers, students, and parents in the great state of Indiana have much for which to prepare. The iLearn measures student achievement from 3rd through 8th and 10th grade. The two-part testing system checks student understanding of English, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies. The combined results of these exams are used to measure the efficacy of the Indiana school system as a whole. Additionally, the class of 2019 …

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You’ve dreamed about this since you were old enough to cheer for their sports teams. You’ve imagined yourself enmeshed in the campus life you’ve seen pictures of online. You’ve talked to your friends and family about achieving this goal you’ve had for so long – being accepted to your dream college. But how do you do that? Sitting back wishing and hoping isn’t enough. Just …

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"My child has a 3.90 GPA, always aces math tests, and excels in AP English, but can't seem to figure out the SAT!" This is something we hear from parents at least a few times a week. To them, and especially to students, the stark incongruity between a student's notable academic performance and not-so-notable SAT or ACT scores is difficult to reconcile, and can be extremely discouraging …

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Most educators will see social media as nothing more than a distraction for their students. It's true that sometimes, our attachment to it can look more like an addiction. However, there's more to social media than meets the eye. After all, Facebook has its roots in Harvard University, so can it be used to improve education? Here's how it can be used in the classroom, and beyond …

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Excerpt from CompTIA Cyberstates 2017 report.

Source: November 2013 ETS Research Report, 21st Century Workforce Competencies

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For a teacher, it is important to bring real-world experiences and events to the students in the classroom. These teachable moments happen every day. With access to social media and 24-hour news, it is easy to find information to share and use with your students. These can range from small, local events to larger, national or international ones. There is a wonderful teachable moment occurring on August 21, 2017 in …

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by Beth Kotz The typical high school curriculum covers a tremendous breadth of information on a wide range of topics, yet personal finance is rarely among them.

Considering many high school students will soon be college students, ready to take on student loans, open bank accounts and learn how credit cards work, perhaps it's time that money management takes on a more prominent role in high school classes. If …

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