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Songs in the Classroom: A YouTube Channel for Every Subject
posted by: Melissa | May 09, 2017, 12:36 pm   

Everyone knows the feeling of getting a song stuck in your head. There’s just something about the right mix of lyrics and melody that stays with us, which is why research shows that using songs in the classroom can be such a powerful pedagogical tool. Studies have shown benefits in using music to help teach reading and promote spatial reasoning. There have also been numerous studies that have tied the use of music to an increased ability to recall facts and/or text.

 
Have You Tried Genius Hour in Your Classroom?
posted by: Melissa | May 04, 2017, 01:15 pm   

Genius hour began to be the trendy new thing several years ago and quickly made the rounds through businesses before going on to schools. If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, it’s an easy one. The idea originated with Google which gives their employees 20% of their time to work on any project that they choose. The result was some of Google’s most well-known products, like Gmail.

 
Teacher Must Reads for Summer 2017
posted by: Melissa | May 02, 2017, 12:37 pm   

Teaching is a rough job and by the time that summer rolls around, teachers can be exhausted physically and emotionally. Those two to three months are essential for teachers to recharge and find new inspiration. The books below will help teachers do just that.

 

 
Making Math Emotionally Satisfying
posted by: Melissa | April 26, 2017, 08:30 am   

It’s no huge secret that many of our students continue to struggle with anxiety when it comes to math. Math is the one subject that many students feel they’re just not good at and are likely to view as something they can’t learn or is beyond their skill, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

 
Five Facts for National Kindergarten Day
posted by: Melissa | April 21, 2017, 12:56 pm   

Today is National Kindergarten Day and ASTA is saluting all of our members that teach kindergarten. Kindergarten is perhaps the most transformational year in a child’s life and, providing a bridge from early childhood to school age, is a grade that is unique to itself. So today, we celebrate kindergarten and kindergarten teachers with five facts you may not otherwise have known:

 
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