Tread with caution, Banned Books Week is here! From September 24-30, books that have been deemed inappropriate, challenged or previously banned will be celebrated in libraries and classrooms across the country.
Engaging learning spaces are as much about physical and interior design as it is instructional: one study found that the physical space of schools can positively (or negatively) affect a student’s academic performance by as much as 25% in one school year. Businesses are moving away from the Office Space days of cubicles and fluorescent lighting, opting instead for couches, standing desks, bean bags and other methods of creating comfortable environments. (In fact, I’m writing this sprawled out on a couch tucked away in a cosy corner of Flocab HQ.) The same should go for classrooms, and yet it has…
Hispanic Heritage Month kicks off on September 15 and is dedicated to celebrating the contributions that Hispanic and Latino Americans have made to our society. The date of September 15 is significant in itself, representing the day that five Latin American countries (Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica) won their independence in 1821. Mexico (Sept. 16), Chile (Sept. 18) and Belize (Sept. 21) also celebrate their independence days in September.
It’s that time of year again! Stores are filled with school supplies, eager children and even more eager parents. As teachers, we are shopping for bargains, and are fastidiously decorating our classrooms. The new school is about to begin, and although your desks may be in neat rows and posters of cute kitties may abound, are you really ready? Here are a few things you should do at the start of the new school year.
District tech coaches have a crucial job of onboarding teachers across grade levels, subjects and schools with new tech tools. It's a domino effect: Engaging teachers with effective ways to teach with new tools results in deeper usage in the classroom, affecting how students learn all year long. Beaufort County School District's tech coaches have demonstrated exemplary leadership through their implementation of Flocab across their 30 schools. We spoke with Flocabulary MC Educator Eve Heaton and her team on what they've learned about effectively spreading the word about Flocab throughout their district.