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The Big List of Educational Grants and Resources

Grants NEW! Grants for Math Learning in Multicultural Classrooms Deadline: November 30, 2017 This NCTM grant program is designed to fund PD learning experiences that foster multi-language development when teaching math. To be elig...

2017 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 16

Day 16! It’s all down hill from here. For today’s prompt, write a poem to the world. Maybe all of your poems are already directed at the world, but for me, this is a first person poem directed at a group of people–maybe everyone in th...

Clowns to the Left, Jokers to the Right: What to Do When You’re Stuck in the Middle of Your Novel

[Call for Entries: The Short Short Story Competition] It’s officially the middle of NaNoWriMo, which means that if you’re on pace, you’re in the middle of your novel. At this point, it’s easy to get stuck writing, but these strategi...

Editing Photos in Google Slides

It’s possible to make basic edits to images using the tools that exist in Google Slides. Once you have uploaded an image, you can recolor it, adjust its brightness, contrast, and transparency. A recent update allows you to add drop sh...

Photo Editing Apps

There are so many photo editing apps available, but some are more robust than others. These are the ones that I find myself coming back to over and over again. Snapseed This app has so many features it’s hard to believe that it i...

Thanksgiving Activities for Students

Thanksgiving is next week and if you are like me, this holiday has crept up on you and you might not be ready. If you are still trying to come up with some activities for your students, you might want to take a look at this post from last y...

5 Principles of Outstanding Classroom Management

Effective classroom management requires awareness, patience, good timing, boundaries, and instinct. There’s nothing easy about shepherding a large group of easily distractible young people with different skills and temperaments along a me...

Using the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals

Each year I start out with the same question for my students: What is the biggest issue you think our world faces, and what can we do to solve it? This challenge-based learning approach allows my students to design our class and focus on re...

6 Strategies for Promoting Student Autonomy

Flexible classrooms rely on students exercising a certain degree of independence. If teachers want to maximize their time working with individuals and small groups, for example, they need the rest of the class to be self-sufficient. Unfortu...

2017 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 15

We’ve made it to the Bon Jovi Day of the challenge! That is, “we’re half way there.” For today’s prompt, take the phrase “Stranger (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, ...

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