10 Book Recommendations for Educators

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10 Book Recommendations for Educators In 2020, our founder, Suzy Koontz, read a lot of books. She gave some great reviews in our monthly newsletters and discussed many in her webinars. We wanted to do a roundup of a few of her favorites to kickstart the year and encourage you to add a few to your own list! 1) Brain Rules by John Medina "In Brain Rules, Dr. John Medina, a molecular biologist, shares his lifelong interest in how the brain sciences might influence the way we teach our children and the way we work. In each chapter, he describes a brain rule—what scientists know for sure about how our brains work—and then offers transformative ideas for our daily lives." 2) Bridging the Relationship Gap by Sara Langworthy, PhD "Bridging…
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Fifth Grade Math Floor Mats for New Concepts

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Top 3 Fifth Grade Math Floor Mats for Teaching New Concepts Fifth grade math is the last step before students begin to tackle more complicated algebraic and geometric concepts. Cementing their understanding of basic math concepts will set them up for success in middle school math classes. Just because students are older doesn’t mean they can’t still have fun learning math and get some exercise. Incorporate physical activity and extra math practice into your school day with these three fifth grade floor mats from Math & Movement. Cartesian Coordinate Hop for Fifth Grade Math The Cartesian Coordinate Hop floor mat teaches students about graphing and plotting. Students can kinesthetically practice locating points on a Cartesian coordinate grid, one-to-one correspondence, plotting shapes and equations of lines, and even calculating slope. Each…
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Third Grade Math Floor Mats To Get Students Moving

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Third Grade Math Floor Mats That Will Get Your Students Moving! Third grade marks an important milestone for students. Standardized testing begins in the spring, meaning your class needs to master the third grade math curriculum before March. As a teacher, you face the challenge of teaching that content and engage your students during class. So how can you make practicing crucial math concepts fun for your students and make sure they master the material?The answer lies in movement. When students learn new concepts using their whole bodies and brains, new neural pathways are reinforced and connected to muscle memory. Best of all, kids have fun when they move, which improves their behavior during class! Take a look at these third grade math practice floor mats that will get your…
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Second Grade Math and Literacy Floor Mats 

Second Grade Math and Literacy Floor Mats 

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Second Grade Math and Literacy Floor Mats Second grade students have a lot of energy. The more they sit still, the harder it is for them to focus on their schoolwork. Taking a kinesthetic approach to class time will help your students learn second grade math and literacy concepts and focus on their work. Best of all, your students will have fun and begin to love learning! These three floor mats and their included math and literacy games will keep your students engaged and excited to learn.Commonly Confused Word HopThe Commonly Confused Word Hop floor mat helps students recognize the difference between words that sound the same. Each pair of words on this mat sounds similar, but have different spellings and meanings. Students will learn the correct vowel sounds and…
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First Grade Math Mats

First Grade Math Mats

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First Grade Math Mats Your Students Will Love The first grade math curriculum serves as the foundation for future math classes. Learning fundamental skills like addition, subtraction, telling time, and money gives students a strong start to their math learning experience. It's also important to make learning math enjoyable.  So how can students reinforce their understanding of these skills while having fun? Along with the included math games for first grade learners, these three floor mats encourage students to practice new concepts through movement.Addition and Subtraction Games For First GradeMath & Movement’s Add/Subtract mat gives your students a kinesthetic opportunity to practice skills related to addition and subtraction. These skills include one-to-one correspondence, odd and even numbers, addition and subtraction, skip counting by any number, counting forward to 100 and…
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Thanksgiving Activity

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Thanksgiving Mystery Picture Worksheet It's almost Thanksgiving! We made this cute worksheet to help students practice plotting points. Use it along with our Cartesian Coordinate Hop mat or desk sticker for some added movement and fun! Download the Worksheet Let us know if you use this worksheet with your students! We hope you all have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving! Learn more about Math & Movement at www.mathandmovement.com. Shop our products at www.mathmadefun.com
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DIY: How to Find Local Grants

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How to Find Local Grants for Teachers The beginning of any large project can be a daunting task, especially a project that could ultimately earn your school a large amount of money - if done correctly. Even the initial stages of the grant application process can be overwhelming! This early anxiety about the research stage can be summed up by one all too common question among teachers interested in grant writing: Where can I find a grantor who would want to support my students? For many teachers nationwide, this question can usually be answered locally! It is most often the case that your school district or city has an education foundation or community foundation of some sort.  What is a Local Education Foundation? It is always surprising to me as…
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Kinesthetic Engagement in the Virtual Classroom

Kinesthetic Engagement in the Virtual Classroom

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Kinesthetic Engagement in the Virtual Classroom The coronavirus pandemic has forced many students out of school and required educators to create virtual classrooms. Now that the school year is starting up again, many school districts have opted for a virtual or hybrid model in favor of in-person schooling. While virtual or hybrid options are the best for stopping the spread of COVID-19, they present new challenges for supporting students' social and academic success. The classroom environment should be set up to promote students' physical and intellectual development. Especially in elementary classrooms, students have the opportunity for daily exercise and play. Play helps children develop their creativity, physical strength, cooperation with others, and emotional strength. These areas all key for brain development! Consequences of Virtual Learning Now, imagine taking all of…
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BDNF on the Brain: Movement-Based Learning

BDNF on the Brain: Movement-Based Learning

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BDNF on the Brain: Movement-Based Learning In our last post, we talked about the effects of ACEs on the ability to learn. This post focuses on how movement impacts the brain in several ways that are important for children with ACEs. First, movement increases levels of glutamate in the brain through brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). This messenger neurotransmitter is responsible for starting and maintaining the communication between nerve cells. Communication is crucial for smooth brain functioning and complex thought (Maddock, 2016). What is BDNF? Exercise increases the release of small proteins called “growth factors.” These growth factors promote the growth, maintenance, and repair of neurons which can be disrupted as a consequence of ACEs. Growth factors are key in maintaining plasticity in the brain through adulthood. The specific growth factor…
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ACEs and Learning

ACEs and Learning

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The Effects of ACEs on Learning What are ACEs? Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are any instances of abuse, neglect, or trauma experienced by a minor (Center for Disease Control 2019). Examples of ACEs are health problems, divorce, sexual and physical abuse, and emotional and physical neglect (Jarvis, 2018). A study of 17,000 participants found that 64% of people had one ACE and 12.4% had four or more (The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2013). Furthermore, children with at least one confirmed ACE probably have more than one ACE(Mersky, Topitzes, & Reynolds, 2013).  ACEs can have a major impact on a student's ability to learn. Research shows that higher dropout rates, low academic achievement, and lower school engagement are more common with students with ACEs. Shockingly, students with three or more ACEs…
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