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  • Problem-Based Learning: 4 Practical Issues Teachers Need to Deal With

    Posted July 25, 2017

    Problem-based learning (PBL): It’s all the rage. PBL is an innovative addition to modern K-12 pedagogy, but it can seem overwhelming for beginners. It doesn’t have to be, though. PBL’s principal goal—meeting students where they are and putting them to work solving real-world problems—marks a significant shift from old educational models. Putting it into action…

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  • The Benefits of Teaching STEAM Lessons

    Posted July 21, 2017

    There’s been a big push for incorporating lessons and activities that use STEAM: science, technology, engineering, art, and math. But how exactly do these multilayered projects help students? Here are some of the specific ways in which students can benefit from STEAM in the classroom. Exposes students to the creative process: When students engage in…

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  • 4 Apps to Help Teachers Manage Their Time and Stay Organized

    Posted July 19, 2017

    Teachers have to be incredible multitaskers to juggle so many roles and get their to-do lists done. Learning how to master time management and stay organized can reduce stress and create more time to enjoy the rest of your life. These four apps can help you do just that. 1. Toodledo What it is: Toodledo…

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  • What It’s Like to Transition From Teacher to Administrator

    Posted July 17, 2017

    School administrators often wear multiple hats just like teachers do, but what is it really like to go from being a classroom teacher to an administrator? Meet Sharon Langley and Whitney Meyer, two administrators who know exactly what this journey entails. They graciously agreed to share their thoughts, experiences, and advice with us.   Whitney…

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  • 10 Twitter Accounts Every Teacher Should Follow

    Posted July 12, 2017

    Without question, Twitter has become a hotspot for education-related tips, tricks, and talks. Just search any of the hashtags #EdTalks, #EdChat, or even #TeacherProblems and you’re instantly connected to a network of passionate educators sharing their experiences and insights into the education world. From nonprofits to everyday teachers, here are a few accounts we like to follow….

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  • Q&A with MEd Graduate: Denise Dempsey ’16

    Posted July 11, 2017

    When you become a Concordia grad student, you’re instantly connected to a 10,000-strong alumni network that is fiercely loyal and highly influential. We recently caught up with an alum, Denise Dempsey, who earned a Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction with a concentration in Online Teaching and Learning just last year. She’s currently an Education Consultant…

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  • Enter to Win: Online Arts Integration & STEAM Conference Tickets Up For Grabs

    Posted July 10, 2017

    You know the whole STEM to STEAM movement? We’re completely on board. For students to be prepared for the ever-evolving job market and the needs of society tomorrow (and the day after that, and the day after that), STEM initiatives that immerse them in science, technology, engineering, and math are crucial. But so is layering in…

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  • Sowing the Seeds: Using Plants to Keep Kids Learning Over the Summer

    Posted July 3, 2017

    Summer is a perfect time for students to engage with the physical world and, quite literally, get their hands dirty as they learn. This is especially true because so many families grow gardens full of herbs, vegetables, fruit, and flowers in the summer. Growing things over the summer gives kids practical skills and helps them…

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  • June 2017 Monthly Round-Up For Educators

    Posted June 30, 2017

    As educators, we know it’s critical to stay up-to-date with current events and trending topics for our classrooms. But with so many different resources out there (and not a lot of time), it’s hard to keep up! So, welcome to your monthly article roundup, where we’ll compile a few articles from the past month that you may…

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  • 5 Children’s Books That Teach Empathy

    Posted June 29, 2017

    Literature can help children learn to see the world through someone else’s eyes, and developing empathy for characters can help them understand people better. Students, staff, and alumni of Concordia University-Portland weighed in on this topic, and came up with five highly recommended children’s books that teach empathy in creative ways. 1. Horton Hatches The…

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  • 7 Reactions to ’13 Reasons Why’

    Posted June 28, 2017

    Earlier this year, Netflix released a new series based on a bestselling 2007 YA novel by Jay Asher—and it’s got people talking, a lot. From start to finish, 13 Reasons Why tells the story of Hannah Baker, a high school student who deals with everything from bullying to assault, and ultimately decides (we learn in episode one)…

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  • Gift Your Friend a Grant Toward Their MEd or EdD

    Posted June 27, 2017

    If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you’re already part of our #TenThousandStrong network here at Concordia University-Portland. Perhaps you’re a current student or an alum—either way, we hope you know how thankful we are that that you chose to continue your studies with us. As a token of that appreciation, we have a really cool opportunity for…

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  • Two-Way Teaching: Embracing the Value of Students’ Perspectives

    Posted June 26, 2017

    The idea that teachers know more than students is central to education. But there is also value in bringing student voices into the classroom and making their ideas and experiences an integral part of the class. “In the past, teaching was seen as top-down content delivery, a process of teachers pouring knowledge into students,” says…

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  • 8 Mistakes to Avoid When Teaching English Abroad

    Posted June 21, 2017

    Teaching English abroad is a great way to learn more about who you are when you’re outside of your comfort zone. That said, expanding your boundaries in a foreign culture can inevitably lead to blunders that could’ve been prevented if you’d had proper warning. If you want to spend more time learning and appreciating your chosen…

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  • The Making of a Better Math Student: 3 Ways to Overcome Frustration and Encourage Learning

    Posted June 20, 2017

    Students often believe success in math classes requires them to be a “math person.” This thought is as common as a teacher’s struggle to prove that math can be fun. Fostering students’ joy in numbers is one way to help students excel, but helping them learn to learn can set them up for long-term success….

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  • Summer Science: 4 Safe, Easy Experiments Kids can Do at Home

    Posted June 19, 2017

    Summer allows parents a bit more time to engage with their kids and participate in experiments that they can check on every day together. Completing science experiments throughout the summer will help students to keep engaged in academic inquiry and learn more about science during their months off. The experiments outlined below can be done…

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  • 6 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Teaching English Abroad

    Posted June 13, 2017

    Teaching English abroad can be really rewarding, which I can attest to, but it can also be really challenging. You’ve probably considered some of those challenges, but there might be others you haven’t thought of yet. Here are some questions to ask yourself before committing to this type of adventure. 1. Have you taught English…

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  • 4 Presentation Mistakes that Teachers Should Avoid

    Posted June 12, 2017

    Public speaking is an important—though sometimes overlooked— part of working in education. Teachers speak in front of their classes every day. Administrators present to staff members, parents, and community groups. It’s a major component of teaching, so teachers have to be mindful of the ways presentations can go astray. It’s natural to emphasize the content of…

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  • Summer Self-Care for Teachers: How to Relax, Recover, and Prepare for Fall

    Posted June 7, 2017

    The last day of school is always bittersweet: Saying goodbye to students can be tough, but usually teachers are so exhausted when summer comes around that they need some time to recover. As you prepare to close up shop for the summer, consider these five summertime tips for relaxing, recovering and preparing for fall. Before…

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