Matt Davis

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Tags Student Engagement
June 27, 2013

Nothing says summer fun quite like the Fourth of July, especially for all those youngsters who’ve probably been counting the days. How is your family celebrating this year? A barbecue with friends? Homemade ice cream? How about a chemistry assignment? That’s right. Along with the parades,...

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Tags Student Engagement
June 4, 2013

Summer is here! But along with warmer weather, trips to the pool and the Fourth of July, comes a not-so-fun reality... the summer slide.

Too often students scowl at the idea of summer learning, but it doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, summer is the perfect time to dive into some fun...

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Tags Social and Emotional Learning
May 16, 2013

The end of the school year can be a nervous time for students, especially those that will be making the jump into elementary school, middle school, high school or college next fall. These transitioning students are left with a variety of questions -- from curiosities about academic rigor to...

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Tags Education Trends
April 30, 2013

Every year, National Teacher Day is celebrated in early May! There are so many different ways to show teacher appreciation, from poems, to thank-you notes and gifts. But I thought I'd put together a little bit of everything. Here there are inspirational teaching quotes, fun video clips, and a...

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Tags Student Engagement
April 5, 2013

Putting together this list, I could only think one thing. The Internet would have been a great tool when I was working on my science fair project way back when. There are so many great resources for students, parents, and teachers online, and maybe the project I did as a third grader --...

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Tags Student Engagement
April 3, 2013

April is the best month to celebrate jazz, a uniquely American art form. First, April is Jazz Appreciation Month. But the celebration doesn't stop there. The New Orleans Jazz...

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Tags Student Engagement
April 1, 2013

'Tis National Poetry Month! In April, classrooms around the country will dive into the expressive art of poetry. Shakespeare, Frost, Yeats, the list goes on and on.

There are many great ways to bring poetry into the classroom, and whether it's reading, writing or performing prose, poetry...

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Tags Teacher Leadership
February 26, 2013

(Updated 10/13)

For many educators, conferences are coming up soon, and it can be a stressful time of the school year. To help parents and educators prepare for parent-teacher conferences, we've rounded up a variety of Web resources.

From ideas for highlighting student...

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Tags Student Engagement
February 25, 2013

Editor's Note: This year, Read Across America day is Monday, March 3rd -- a day later than usual. We published this reading-themed blog last year for Read Across America and Dr. Seuss's birthday, and it was a huge hit with readers. This year, we've updated the post to include a few new...

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Tags Student Engagement
February 18, 2013

The Academy Awards are just around the corner, and there are a number of nominated films that can be great teaching tools for educators this year. It looks like it might be a big year for Steven Spielberg in the classroom and on Award night -- his ...

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