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Professor Garfield - Paws

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K to 8
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Professor Garfield offers many entertaining activities to promote literacy and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and Art) education, with America's favorite cat featured...more
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Professor Garfield offers many entertaining activities to promote literacy and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and Art) education, with America's favorite cat featured as the resident "edu-cat-or." Begin by choosing from options such as Explore, Play, Create, Read, or Steamed to view offerings. In addition to games and activities for kids, Professor Garfield contains a large teacher resource area. Choose the Instructional Materials link in this area to find content categorized by grade, standards, and specific content topic. Videos reside on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): careers (130), comics and cartoons (74), creative writing (167), drawing (77), mental health (26), phonics (75), reading comprehension (114), reading strategies (43), sight words (37), STEM (124), vocabulary (323)

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Create a link on classroom computers for students to explore and play games on their own. The site is a little difficult to navigate; you may want to introduce it on your interactive whiteboard and demonstrate how to find specific activities and content. Be sure to share a link to Professor Garfield on your class website for student use at home. Use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram, reviewed here, to compare two different stories read on the Professor Garfield site.
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OK2Ask: Cool Tools: Tools for Formative Assessment - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2016, opens in Adobe Connect. Explore three online tools that will help you with formative assessment....more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2016, opens in Adobe Connect. Explore three online tools that will help you with formative assessment. Understand the three steps in the formative assessment feedback loop. Discuss and learn ways to use formative assessment to increase gains in student learning. Use exploration time to discover and discuss how selected resources can be utilized in your classroom. A question/answer period will be available to help with individual questions. As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, participants will: (1) Understand the three steps in the formative assessment feedback loop to support learning gains; (2) Explore and evaluate the three online tools for formative assessment; (3) Find ways to use formative assessment to increase targeted feedback; (4) Discover ways to set goals to meet targeted learning goals; and (5) Make detailed plans for including formative assessments in daily lessons. Have free exploration time for finding ways to integrate these tools into your curriculum. This session is for teachers at ALL technology comfort levels. Remember, it is OK2Ask'® questions at any time!

tag(s): assessment (99)

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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Choose 2 Matter - Choose2Matter Inc.

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4 to 12
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Choose2Matter invites people to discover that what they do matters and to take action on their dreams and passions. Download the free ebook Liberating Genius in the Classroom-The First...more
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Choose2Matter invites people to discover that what they do matters and to take action on their dreams and passions. Download the free ebook Liberating Genius in the Classroom-The First 20 Days as a guide to students becoming mentors and role models in their community. Discover the Manifesto located under student resources challenging students to acknowledge and use the gifts and strengths within them.
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tag(s): back to school (58), differentiation (47), mentoring (12), professional development (123)

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Share this site with students as an example of how they can learn to take power over their lives and recognize their strengths. After reading and discussing the manifesto, have students upload a photo they have taken and add voice bubbles with their personal manifesto using a tool such as Superlame, reviewed here. Liberating Genius has two lessons that feature Thrively, which helps students discover and explore their passion. See the TeachersFirst review of Thrively, here.

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Mindfulness Integration LLC - Leigh Smith

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K to 12
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Mindfulness Integration offers resources and tips for slowing down and appreciating life in a mindful way. Choose the Resources link to find videos, articles, and guided meditations,...more
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Mindfulness Integration offers resources and tips for slowing down and appreciating life in a mindful way. Choose the Resources link to find videos, articles, and guided meditations, teaching the tools of behaving in a mindful manner. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.
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tag(s): brain (70), emotions (34)

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Use the videos on the site to learn more about mindfulness and how to achieve it in ten days. Share them on your interactive whiteboard as you and your students work together to achieve mindfulness throughout your day. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create videos using wevideo, reviewed here, that discuss mindfulness. Share the videos on a site such as TeacherTube, reviewed here. Use an online poster creator, like Web Poster Wizard, reviewed here, to create posters for a classroom bulletin board display.
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Royal Blind Learning Hub - Royal Blind

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Royal Blind Learning Hub offers resources for working with visually impaired students. Browse the glossary to find an extensive listing of different types of visual impairment, resources,...more
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Royal Blind Learning Hub offers resources for working with visually impaired students. Browse the glossary to find an extensive listing of different types of visual impairment, resources, and terminology. Free online screencasts offer information about teaching blind and partially sighted literacy and science. Check out the How To videos for short presentations sharing how to use a Brailler, assist blind runners, and more. The site was created in Scotland, so some of the pronunciations and spellings may differ from those in American English.

tag(s): disabilities (20)

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Take advantage of the free resources on this site when working with visually impaired students. Share this site with your teaching colleagues who work with students with disabilities. Include information from Royal Blind Learning Hub as part of any unit on disabilities. Challenge students to find photos (legally permitted to be reproduced), and narrate the day in the life of someone with a visual impairment. Have students use Voicethread, reviewed here, to create this multimedia presentation. Voicethread allows you to narrate a picture. Have older students take this a step further and discuss different causes of blindness and visual impairments.

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OK2Ask: Technology Integration Made Easy with ThingLink - TeachersFirst

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3 to 12
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from May 2016, opens in Adobe Connect. Transform your classroom activities by learning how to use ThingLink. Engage...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from May 2016, opens in Adobe Connect. Transform your classroom activities by learning how to use ThingLink. Engage students and deepen content area knowledge by creating annotated images. Text, audio, and video bring additional context to images for your students. Brainstorm with others how you and your students can use ThingLink in your classroom. Learn a little about the principles of design. We will supply you with an image to upload and the annotations so you can learn to use this fantastic tool. Participants will: 1. Learn how to annotate an image using ThingLink: text, audio, and video; 2. Determine ways in which Thinglink can be used to support instruction; and 3. Create an activity with ThingLink that can be used in class. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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Toolkit for Promoting Empathy - Ashoka

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The Toolkit for Empathy is a downloadable handbook for teaching empathy for children in grades K-5 available in English, Spanish, French, and Korean. Find content in three sections:...more
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The Toolkit for Empathy is a downloadable handbook for teaching empathy for children in grades K-5 available in English, Spanish, French, and Korean. Find content in three sections: Prepare, Engage, and Reflect and Act. Lessons provide activities and tips for engaging children in understanding and learning empathy.

tag(s): emotions (34)

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Take advantage of these free lessons for use with character education activities throughout the year. Share ideas from this site with parents to use at home with their child. Create a class (or school) bulletin board with examples of students demonstrating empathy.
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Cyber Security Tips for Teens - Vodien Internet Solutions

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Cyber Security Tips for Teens offers a short article with information about keeping teens safe online along with several links to videos (Flash is needed for these) and PDF handouts....more
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Cyber Security Tips for Teens offers a short article with information about keeping teens safe online along with several links to videos (Flash is needed for these) and PDF handouts. Topics include online safety tips, cyberbullying, and an online safety quiz.

tag(s): cyberbullying (42), internet safety (109)

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Browse this article and the provided links for resources to use when discussing Internet safety. Share information and a link to this article with parents through your class newsletter or class website. Have students create online posters with online safety information individually or together as a class using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard, reviewed here, or PicLits, reviewed here.
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Elmer's Kindness Parade - David McKee/Anderson Press

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K to 2
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Create a culture of kindness with Elmer, the elephant, based on popular children's stories by author David McKee. Choose the download for free activities for using the Elmer books to...more
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Create a culture of kindness with Elmer, the elephant, based on popular children's stories by author David McKee. Choose the download for free activities for using the Elmer books to find examples of kindness, how to have a kindness parade, and create a kindness pledge. Ideas are all correlated to Common Core Standards.

tag(s): authors (118), emotions (34), preK (275)

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Take advantage of the ideas found on this site when teaching kindness and empathy in your classroom. Ideas are perfect for use when addressing bullying or behavior issues that arise. Take pictures of students demonstrating kindness and share on your class website or blog. Have students color the included Elmer coloring sheet to use as a bulletin board display.
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Creating Safe Spaces: Lesson Plans for Social-Emotional Learning - Michelle Manno/USC Rossier School of Education

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K to 6
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USC Rossier School of Education offers several lesson plans for K-6 students, providing support for dealing with bullying and strengthening social-emotional skills. Lessons include...more
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USC Rossier School of Education offers several lesson plans for K-6 students, providing support for dealing with bullying and strengthening social-emotional skills. Lessons include links to downloads for supporting materials. Additional links on the site provide further information about other programs with anti-bullying information.

tag(s): bullying (51), emotions (34)

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Take advantage of the free lessons offered on this site; many include suggestions for use on special dates such as Random Acts of Kindness week. Share with your school's guidance counselor as a resource for activities and lessons. Have students create blogs using Throwww, reviewed here, to share information from these lessons. Throwww allows you to create "quick and easy" blogs to be used one time only. A unique URL is provided, and this site is as easy as using a basic Word program!
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SheHeroes - sheheroes.org

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SheHeroes is a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering girls from ages 8-14 to dream big and pursue any interests regardless of gender. Articles feature well-known and everyday...more
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SheHeroes is a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering girls from ages 8-14 to dream big and pursue any interests regardless of gender. Articles feature well-known and everyday females that serve as inspiration for young girls. Choose the Features link to browse articles by categories such as engineering and sports. The video link offers several short videos of prominent women discussing how they have grown in their careers. Each includes a link to discussion questions for further exploration. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): careers (130), women (101), womens suffrage (25)

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Use SheHeroes as part of your Career Day or career unit resources. Add a link on classroom computers for students (male and female) to explore on their own. Take advantage of the further discussion questions to encourage students to think about the obstacles faced by women in business and society. Ask a prominent local business woman to speak to your class and discuss obstacles she has faced and how she was able to overcome those issues. Although the site is dedicated to girls from ages 8-14, share with both boys and girls from ages 8 and up as part of any unit on gender inequalites.
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Charity Navigator - Charity Navigator

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Discover a database of charities that include a rating system done by financial analysts to help you make an informed decision about which charities to support. Top ten lists select...more
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Discover a database of charities that include a rating system done by financial analysts to help you make an informed decision about which charities to support. Top ten lists select charities based on most followed, celebrity related, routinely in the red, relying on public contributions, top notch, low rated, charity worth watching, as well as many more categories. Learn about charities formed to help recent events such as an earthquake, Ebola outbreaks, or supporting our troops. Learn tips for donating like tax benefits, a guide to volunteering, giving in the workplace, or questions to ask before donating.
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tag(s): communities (35), problem solving (258), service projects (25)

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Inspire your students to find worthy causes to give back and help other people in need. Give character education programs real purpose by discovering the many ways people need help. Challenge students to become an active part of your community and help others. Each class can choose a favorite charity to support through time or donations. Throughout the year, find ways to volunteer, collect money, or make a difference. Challenge each class to highlight the journey of giving in your community through a video documentary using a tool like Wevideo, reviewed here. Share videos using a tool like Schooltube, reviewed here. Keep a class blog documenting progress, plans, ideas, and experiences. New to blogging? Check out TeachersFirst's Blog Basics.

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This is a "gift" to those who are interested in having their students realize that where they donate can be researched. Furthermore it shows how many are working to improve the world across multiple categories. This helps foster critical analysis. My students will be selecting a charity and arguing for its support. Patricia, NJ, Grades: 6 - 12

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Thrively - Thrively

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Thrively is a free tool that gives strengths and interests assessments in an engaging and entertaining way. Based on 23 factors and developed for children, you receive a profile that...more
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Thrively is a free tool that gives strengths and interests assessments in an engaging and entertaining way. Based on 23 factors and developed for children, you receive a profile that is personal, positive, and celebrates each child's core strengths and unique talents. Children, teachers, and parents all have a dashboard displaying activities and videos selected specifically for the child's strengths and interests. Explore a comprehensive activity index with over 120,000 activities and hundreds of videos designed to inspire. The videos feature interesting ideas, leaders, and a range of insights into careers and opportunities that are a good fit for the child's unique strengths. The Activity Boards are a way to discover and research the activities and collect them all in one place. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.
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tag(s): back to school (58), differentiation (47), multiple intelligences (11)

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Begin your school year with a more personal touch, by knowing what your students' interests are. On the teacher dashboard, examine each student and match interest to activities to differentiate instruction. Students can explore careers, apps, and activities matching their profile. With interest and strengths targeted, you can sail smoothly into a highly engaged class of individualized learning. During career explorations, open up worlds of possibilities for students and families to begin planning a successful path. Add a link to this tool to your class website for possible enrichment activities for families. Offer suggestions to parents for enriching after school activities found around your area.

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The Helpful Counselor - Heather Thomas

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The Helpful Counselor is the blog of a former school counselor turned elementary-school teacher. The entries feature ideas and tips for promoting social, emotional, and behavioral development....more
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The Helpful Counselor is the blog of a former school counselor turned elementary-school teacher. The entries feature ideas and tips for promoting social, emotional, and behavioral development. Scroll through current and previous posts to find classroom management strategies and tips (some based on current Disney movies), observation and counseling forms for download, and posters and coloring pages. The Disney movie clips reside on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, they may not be viewable. You could always view them at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube. Although some of the links lead to the author's Teachers Pay Teachers page, there are many free resources worth checking out.
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tag(s): behavior (46), emotions (34), preK (275)

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Follow The Helpful Counselor's blog, Facebook, or Twitter accounts to receive notice of new posts to the site. Take advantage of the free materials available on the site to use in your classroom. Be sure to share information from the site with your school counselors and fellow educators.
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International Dot Day - Reynolds Center for Teaching Learning & Creativity

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Become part of a global celebration of creativity, courage, and collaboration on International Dot Day. Formed in response to The Dot written by Peter H. Reynolds, this day is...more
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Become part of a global celebration of creativity, courage, and collaboration on International Dot Day. Formed in response to The Dot written by Peter H. Reynolds, this day is set aside to rekindle and inspire the power of creativity in all of us. Sign up for free to download the Educators Handbook. Explore the site to find many pictures of Dot Day in action. Don't forget to follow International Dot Day on Facebook and Twitter to stay in touch with all of the latest updates from around the world. Sign up to become a member of the Dot Day Community and celebrate with others around the world each September! Some of the videos are on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, they may not be viewable. You could always view them at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): creativity (108), cross cultural understanding (115), literature (275)

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Although the official International Dot Day is in September, use ideas from the site to inspire creativity and collaboration throughout the year. Read The Dot to students and encourage them to collaborate ways they can make their mark in the world. Challenge older students to explore their place in the world through the use of a blog such as Throwww, reviewed here. This site allows you to create "quick and easy" blogs to be used one time only. A unique URL is provided. Throwww is as easy as using a basic Word program! Consider following International Dot Day on Facebook and Twitter to stay in touch with all of the latest updates from around the world.
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Happier - Nataly Kogan

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Share positive moments and increase your happiness! Share by describing your happy moment, upload a picture (not required), and place it in categories you create, such as working out,...more
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Share positive moments and increase your happiness! Share by describing your happy moment, upload a picture (not required), and place it in categories you create, such as working out, family, and more. Click Share to share with others, including on Twitter or Facebook. Why use categories? If you are lacking motivation for working out, viewing your positive messages from before can definitely help! Connect with others and comment on their happy moments! Read helpful tips to center you on happiness, find mini-courses, and use daily reminders to increase your happiness. Read the many articles on your journey to a happier YOU! This site/app is easy to use with today's busy lives, and interactivity is grounded in actual science.

tag(s): mental health (26), psychology (64)

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With testing, social pressure, and the desire to do well, use Happier in class to celebrate the small steps and successes on which students should be focusing. Teach students to identify positives along the way, no matter what the test or situation's outcome. Consider asking what did you learn from the situation? Identify categories that encompass all of the student's lives and focus on finding happy moments in all areas. Be sure to use this yourself! Find the positives in every facet of your day building happiness day by day. Psychology and Sociology classes can use this as an experiment about happiness, collecting student or family data through the year.

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Belk Service Learning Challenge - Discovery Education

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4 to 9
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The Belk Service Learning Challenge provides educators with standards aligned lesson plans for promoting the knowledge of community service with middle school students. Lesson content...more
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The Belk Service Learning Challenge provides educators with standards aligned lesson plans for promoting the knowledge of community service with middle school students. Lesson content includes topics such as problem solving, ideas for reflection, and how to get a snapshot of assets and challenges within a community. Choose any lesson to download in PDF format. In addition to lessons, this site includes three short video presentations of students providing community service in their towns.

tag(s): communities (35), problem solving (258), service projects (25)

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Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Although intended for use with community service projects, many lessons can be used in different ways. For example, use the Just Reflect lesson to provide ideas and examples of ways to use reflection at the end of a unit or collaborative project. The Art of Creating a Good Video includes storyboard templates for use with any video project. Many middle and high schools have community service requirements for graduation, share this site with counselors and others working with students for use in providing ideas for completing and documenting this requirement.
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Think Before You Link - Discovery Education

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Empower your students with Think Before You Link In School by Intel and Discovery Education. Encourage safe, smart, and good digital citizenship in your classroom. Modules offer lessons...more
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Empower your students with Think Before You Link In School by Intel and Discovery Education. Encourage safe, smart, and good digital citizenship in your classroom. Modules offer lessons in cybersafety, cybersecuriuty, and cyberethics. In the educator section, find resource guides for the lessons. Additional tips include Think Before You Link Online Tips, Family Safety Blog, Parent Tips, Activities for Kids, and a link to the National Cyber Security Alliance. The toolkit includes word documents to include in emails to parents, newsletters, social media, frequently asked questions, a banner, and a Think Before You Link logo. Occasionally this site offers sweepstakes for prizes. Sign up for the latest updates.
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tag(s): digital citizenship (58), internet safety (109)

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Use Think Before You Link at the beginning of the school year to review the most important lessons you can give to students, safety and good digital citizenship! In this manner, you can refer back to these lessons when needed. The beginning of the year Acceptable Use policies students sign, will be more meaningful and relevant. Be sure to give to parents to help educate them on ethics and safety. Feature at a "Tech it Out Night" for a timely reminder. Give students similar topics on healthy digital citizenship and digital safety and let them design their own multimedia presentation using Slideshow, reviewed here.
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The Wonderment - Kidnected World

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Enjoy and challenge creativity and problem-solving skills in a world of wonder. Once you sign up for Wonderment, a social platform for kids, choose a bot or secret identity. Given ...more
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Enjoy and challenge creativity and problem-solving skills in a world of wonder. Once you sign up for Wonderment, a social platform for kids, choose a bot or secret identity. Given a choice to follow many different paths, kids determine the subject of interest. The paths are real-world problems from around the globe. View a video, story, or idea. Design a response using text, photos, or a video. Join a chat to allow comments or ask questions to make global connections. After each posting, special points are added to make the bot design more elaborate. A personal Wondermeter rises with each response. Through donations, this non-profit brings technology to children around the world. A call for adults to serve as mentors to respond to each child challenges adults to join in the fun and make the world a better place. Register with email. Children under 13 need parent or teacher approval to participate. Watch the two short videos to see an explanation for The Wonderment and How It Works.

tag(s): cross cultural understanding (115), enrichment (13), gifted (96), listening (92), problem solving (258), social media (14), social networking (112), social skills (20), speaking (24)

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Wonderment is a problem based learning adventure for each student around the world to communicate and collaborate with other students. This venue allows great lesson ideas for digital citizenship and digital footprints. Begin by choosing a path for the entire class and feature on an interactive whiteboard. Have students work in small groups to choose their best response. Discussions after can focus on creativity, problem solving, and collaboration between the group and others from around the world. In a gifted class, use as a way to challenge kids to break through the "right answer" and find the "best answer." Use this as a model for finding authentic needs in your community. Be sure to share a link to this tool on your class blog, website, or Edmodo account. Use this tool as the answer for the parents who always want more challenge and enrichment for their students at home. Be sure to share at a staff meeting to spread the wonder for other students and adults.

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People Skills Decoded - Balance Theme

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People Skills Decoded is your answer to communication building, confidence, and understanding people behavior. Find resources and articles about how to be more social, build self-confidence,...more
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People Skills Decoded is your answer to communication building, confidence, and understanding people behavior. Find resources and articles about how to be more social, build self-confidence, and understand communication. Sign up with your email to access the free presentation. Register for the newsletter to stay current with the latest blog posts.
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tag(s): psychology (64), social skills (20)

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Ever have the student who just does not understand or get along with others? People Skills Decoded is a resource for teachers and parents for helping students interact more successfully or build confidence. Whether addressing gifted students, autistic students, or low self-esteem students' needs, find ideas for discussion groups or individual work. Be sure to share this tool with your school counselor and give it to parents for ideas to practice with their child.
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