Kinesthetic Engagement in the Virtual Classroom

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 […]

BDNF on the Brain: Movement-Based Learning

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). […]

ACEs and Learning

ACEs and Learning

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 […]

Fun Activities To Get You and Your Child Excited About Learning

Fun Activities to Get You and Your Child Excited About Learning Parent Engagement and Math A parent’s self-confidence in math is said to be “the strongest predictor of mathematics achievement” [1]. If a parent doesn’t understand the material a student is learning, don’t feel confident in the content, or if they simply dislike math, these […]

The Importance of Parental Engagement

The Importance of Parental Engagement And what it really means. Joining the PTA, chaperoning field trips, and running school bake sales can come to mind when picturing parental engagement. But is that what parental engagement is really about? Not necessarily. These types of activities are parental involvement. They are incredibly important for supporting the school, […]

6 Ways to Thank a Teacher This Week

6 Ways to Thank a Teacher This Week This year, Teacher Appreciation Week looks a little different. With schools closed nationwide and online alternatives to education becoming the current teaching method, everyone has had to adjust tremendously. Parents, students, and especially teachers, have had to adjust quickly to a type of schooling that most have […]

We Have a Math Crisis. Here’s How to Solve It.

We Have a Math Crisis. Here’s How to Solve it. Americans are lagging behind other countries in math. Many students have difficulty with math from an early age that affects their entire math education. This so-called ‘math crisis’ stems from students’ difficulty in understanding math concepts. Innumeracy– what John Allen Paulos calls “the mathematical equivalent […]

Home Study Tips For School Closure

10 Home Study Tips to Prepare Parents and Teachers for School Closures Many schools have closed their doors and encouraged teachers and parents to adopt a home study plan until it’s possible to re-open. In the meantime, students still need to complete their classwork. Teachers and parents should work together to make sure students have […]

Fourth Grade Math Floor Mats

Fourth Grade Math Floor Mats

Top 3 Fourth Grade Math Floor Mats Looking to make fourth grade math more engaging for your students? Add some physical activity into their day by teaching math concepts with movement! Students love learning when they move, and it’s important to maintain their interest in math as they get older. So keep your class engaged […]

Cartesian Coordinate Hop Floor Mat

Mat of the Month: Cartesian Coordinate Hop March means standardized testing is just around the corner. Some states began their testing periods this week! So your middle school students will need to practice using a Cartesian coordinate plane. Using kinesthetic and tactile learning techniques turns extra drills into fun math games and activities. It also […]