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Create a Makerspace for Your School in 5 Easy Steps

By Room 241 Staff July 14, 2018

If you’re ready to foster your students’ curiosity by creating a makerspace on a budget, we’ve got you covered! Learning should remain authentically connected to the real world, and the Maker Movement exemplifies that while encouraging creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking. Progressive New York City educator Angelo Patri said, “The substitution of direct experiences for… Read More

Summer is when teachers have more breathing room for professional development. While many attend conferences and take classes in person during the summer, there are tons of online opportunities — and many are free! Here are some stay-at-home professional learning resources for summer that you can check out in your pajamas or by the pool…. Read More

Have you wondered what it would be like to work with students at the college level? If you’re a K-12 teacher who is thinking of transitioning to higher education, we’re here to shed some light on the subject. And to do that, we spoke with three of our highly knowledgeable Cavaliers. Brad Davis has been… Read More

Understanding Literacy Difficulties vs. Disabilities

By Room 241 Team June 29, 2018

The United States is facing a literacy crisis. According to ProLiteracy, more than 36 million adults in the United States cannot read, write, or do basic math above a third grade level. The One World Literacy Foundation has found that two thirds of students who cannot read proficiently by the end of 4th grade will… Read More

Get Outside! The Outdoor Education Movement Takes Root

By Jennifer L.M. Gunn June 28, 2018

Hand a toddler an iPhone, and chances are that child knows precisely what to do with it. Increasing screen time, over-testing in schools, and a national rise in students medicated for attention issues have contributed to the outdoor education movement. This movement gets students out of their seats and into nature. The call for an… Read More

Many of the challenging behaviors we see in classrooms stem from stress or trauma in our students’ lives. Explicitly teaching our students about stress responses and resilience can help them better recognize their emotions, cope with stress, and reach out for help before they act out. Social-emotional learning tools can have a profound and long-term… Read More

For Educators: What to Read, Watch, and Listen to this Summer!

By Jennifer L.M. Gunn June 25, 2018

It’s summer! You made it! Take a well-deserved break. Finally, there’s a little breathing room to catch up on all the amazing books and content out there. Our Cavaliers (MEd and EdD students and alums) are big on learning from and being inspired by the best, so they contributed to this great list of what… Read More

Self-Care for Teachers of Traumatized Students

By Jennifer L.M. Gunn June 22, 2018

It can be difficult for educators, who are so often over-tasked and under-resourced, to prioritize self-care. But doing so is incredibly important and beneficial, both for educators and their students, especially when it comes to supporting students affected by trauma. Teaching is emotional labor, so here are some ways for trauma-informed educators to cope, care… Read More

Bringing Social Emotional Learning into the Classroom

By Jennifer L.M. Gunn June 20, 2018

Social-emotional learning activities have made their way into advisory classrooms across the country, but they shouldn’t just live there. Content-area classrooms are important epicenters for social-emotional learning, and when we incorporate SEL strategies into academic time, the potential for student growth is impressive. Here’s how to get started. What is SEL? According to The Collaborative… Read More

Ready to up your game as a leader in your learning community? Concordia University-Portland’s College of Education partnered with Scholastic to provide you with strategies and resources that will help you advance as a teacher leader, and you can earn professional development credit at the same time. Watch our FREE Leadership and Professional Learning webinar… Read More

Teaching kids about empathy, kindness, and compassion is a must for schools. More than one out of every five students report being bullied. Of those students: 13% were made fun of, called names, or insulted 12% were the subject of rumors 5% were pushed, shoved, tripped, or spit on 5% were excluded from activities on… Read More

K-12 schools have long served as a safe space for students. Whether a student is escaping abuse at home, discrimination due to sexuality or race, or overcoming trauma, teachers and schools regularly provide much more beyond academic learning. They also offer therapy, support, and a place of refuge for many, which makes learning possible. Looking… Read More

Innovations in educational technology are changing the classroom, which means your students are spending more time online than ever. Follow these tips and activities to help make the web a safe, fun place for kids and teens to learn. Set up a safe classroom To establish basic digital guidelines in your class, follow these best… Read More

Teachers, Take the Lead!

By Room 241 Team June 5, 2018

If you’re ready to advance but not sure where to begin, here are some fun, rewarding ways to grow your leadership skills beyond the classroom — and supercharge your professional development. Join a Professional Learning Community (PLC) If your school already has a PLC in place, you should definitely take part. You’ll meet regularly with… Read More

Home Stretch: Finish the End of the School Year Strong

By Room 241 Team June 4, 2018

Editor’s note: This blog post was originally published on the Teaching Channel. Read it here. Any teacher will tell you that school doesn’t really cool down. The end of the school year is one of the busiest, most stressful times of the year. Testing, spring fever, events, final projects, grading—the home stretch is a doozy. While… Read More