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The holiday season is truly magical when we set aside time to focus on the joy and wonder of the world. Families and friends gather, spread the cheer, and and indulge in traditions. It’s a time when adults have an easier time viewing the world through the eyes of the children that we have been… Read More

Rewards work, and we all love them. But let’s face it, filling students with sugary prizes can be a double-edged sword. It’s unhealthy, distracting, and hardly a one-size fits all option. So, we asked Concordia University-Portland’s College of Education students and alumni what alternatives they use to avoid sweet treats in the classroom. When we… Read More

Inclusive Education: What It Means, Proven Strategies, and a Case Study

By Dr. Lilla Dale McManis November 20, 2017

Considering the potential of inclusive education at your school, or, perhaps, are you currently working in an inclusive classroom and looking for effective strategies? Lean in to this deep-dive article on inclusive education to gather a solid understanding of what it means, what the research shows, and proven strategies that bring out the benefits for… Read More

A few years ago, I was working at a middle school as an arts integration teacher. My charge was to promote the benefits of STEAM projects and incorporate the arts into classes you normally wouldn’t find them. As someone who has been writing and speaking on the topic for years, it’s a role I truly enjoyed—but… Read More

10 Creative STEAM Classroom Project Ideas for the Holidays

By Concordia Faculty November 6, 2017

If you’re in the market for project ideas to bring to your classroom that celebrate the holiday season using science, tech, engineering, arts, and math, this is your list. Below you’ll find projects that are perfect for students in elementary school, middle school, and even high school; volumetric decorations, anyone? 1) Christmas Tree Fractions Who… Read More

The Evolution of STEM and STEAM in the U.S.

By Jennifer L.M. Gunn November 3, 2017

One of the most popular online MEd programs at Concordia is the Curriculum & Instruction degree with a concentration in STEAM—and we’re not surprised. As STEAM continues to gain momentum in our country, it’s becoming increasingly obvious that many schools value the arts just as much as they do science, tech, engineering, and math. In fact,… Read More

How Do We Actually Know a Lesson Went Well?

By Jennifer L.M. Gunn October 27, 2017

Sometimes when we say a lesson “went well,” we mean that we managed to “get through the lesson” without a classroom disaster. A lesson that’s “going well” is often equivalent to a classroom where students are working, remaining quiet, or appearing engaged. But how do we really know if students are actually learning in class?… Read More

With Halloween rapidly approaching, many students are scrambling to find the perfect mask or the scariest zombie outfit. They’re dressing up as superheroes, witches, TV show characters, and more… but what happens if a student shows up to school on parade day without a costume? Perhaps they forgot to pack theirs, or maybe their families… Read More

Instructional Rounds: Not Just for Administrators

By Jennifer L.M. Gunn October 11, 2017

Ever wonder what’s happening in the classroom across the hall? Besides overhearing some Staff Lounge chatter or taking a cursory glance from the hallway while passing by, teaching can often happen in isolation, and we don’t always know what’s really going on in classrooms beyond our own. Why instructional rounds? Teachers get observed and evaluated… Read More

6 Grants To Help Fund Educational Projects or Field Trips

By The Room 241 Team September 13, 2017

We all want to provide our students with the most engaging, memorable learning experiences, but finding the funding to execute some of our projects and activities can be a challenge—unless you know where to look. There are actually plenty of grants available that help cover the costs of supplies or field trips, as long as… Read More

5 Easy Ways Teachers Can Stay Relevant in the Digital Age

By Kara Wyman September 6, 2017

In this digital age of apps, social media, and ever-changing trends, it can be difficult to keep up with our students, spark their interest, and connect the curriculum to their often tech-centered lives. But there are ways to stay relevant without requiring you to research every app and trend out there. Here a few approaches… Read More

Shopping For The School Year? These Retailers Offer Discounts for Teachers

By The Concordia University-Portland Enrollment Team September 2, 2017

School supplies, classroom crafts, poster boards—all necessary items for a fun and educational school year. But costs can add up quickly, and teachers are already spending an average of $500 out of their own pocket for school supplies each year. We know you’re not required to spend your own money on your students. We also… Read More

How to Arrange Your Classroom to Maximize Creativity

By The Concordia University-Portland Enrollment Team August 25, 2017

Between the last relaxing days of summer vacation and the frantic pace of the start of a new school year, it’s easy to get lost in the more concrete details of transitioning seasons. While ironing out lesson plans and getting to know a classroom full of new faces, it’s also your responsibility to foster a… Read More

6 Effective Strategies to Motivate Reluctant Readers

By Kara Wyman August 8, 2017

Students who avoid reading or seem disinterested can often be reached when different strategies are used to connect with them. First we have to find out why they are reluctant to read. Then we need to tap into their interests and strengths to motivate them. Here are a few common problems reluctant readers face and… Read More

A parent catches you at drop-off one morning and wants to know why her son got in trouble the day before, since he never misbehaves at home. A colleague presents a proposal at a staff meeting that you are certain will not work. At the end of a long day of parent-teacher conferences, you are… Read More