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How school leaders and teachers can prevent bullying using PBIS

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In a paper titled “Bullying in secondary schools: Action planning using a Positive Behavior Intervention and Support framework,” Tory De Shannon Lawrence suggests ways to incorporate proactive initiatives into a PBIS framework to prevent bullying behavior. Lawrence, a PhD student at Liberty University in Virginia, has worked with several schools to create action plans that address problematic student behaviors. In her paper,
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How to crowdfund Classcraft with PledgeCents

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Thanks to our partnership with crowdfunding platform PledgeCents, it’s super easy for teachers to fundraise a year of Classcraft Premium with the support of their local community. With PledgeCents, you can get your fundraising page set up in minutes and receive $1 per Facebook share of your page (up to $16). Also, all November long, Classcraft is backing each campaign with an initial $16 donation. That’s up to $32
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G Suite for Education or Google Classroom?

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G Suite, Google Apps, Google Classroom … Google has made a big push into the education world, and keeping all the terms straight can be a little overwhelming. But it’s important to understand what they mean, especially if your school is making the switch to Google’s platform. G Suite for Education and Google Classroom might sound like two separate programs, but they’re actually not as different as you think. Already using Googl
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How to use Google Classroom for personalized learning

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Integrating personalized learning into the classroom can seem daunting, but the shift becomes easier when teachers leverage tools they’re already using — like Google Classroom. Below are some simple tips you can follow to use Google Classroom for personalized learning in the classroom. Already using Google Classroom? Gamify it with Classcraft today! 1. Differentiate learning with technology If you use
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Is Google Classroom a virtual classroom or LMS?

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With more schools making the switch to Chromebooks and Google apps, Google Classroom is an increasingly popular tool. But what exactly is it: a virtual classroom or an LMS? The simple answer: Google Classroom is an LMS, or learning management system. But if you’ve been asking yourself this question, it’s probably because you need a little help understanding the difference between a virtual classroom and an LMS. In this article, we’ll define these terms, assess their
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How to explain personalized learning to parents

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Personalized learning directly affects the daily routine of you and your students, but often parents are out of the loop when it comes to its purpose and benefits in the classroom. Below is a simple guide that you can follow when explaining personalized learning to parents. What is personalized learning, and why do we need it? Personalized learning is education’s answer to the ever-changing needs of diverse student populations, who enter school with different lea
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Best personalized learning apps for the 2017-2018 school year

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Personalized learning can be a lot easier with good tools to help you manage it. But with all the personalized learning apps out there, how do you choose the best one for you? We’ve narrowed down the field to four of the best personalized learning apps that you can use this school year across all subjects. In no particular order, they are ... 1. Mindprint Learning Mindprint Learning helps teachers create a personalized
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3 examples of a personalized learning lesson plan template

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Personalized learning plays a key role in student-centered teaching, but it can be tough (or even confusing) to make it work with your existing lesson plans. That’s where pre-made templates can help. Below are three examples of a personalized learning lesson plan template and what makes them good choices to use in your classroom. A ‘Personalized Learning Plan for Success’ The State of Vermont Agency of Education mad
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4 anti-bullying activities for teachers and students

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Today, close to 40 percent of students are bullied, but teachers only intervene 4 percent of the time. That’s why it’s important to take active steps to reduce bullying, with better understanding and support around the issue and anti-bullying activities for teachers and students alike. Download our free bullying guide on how to use gaming to prevent bullying. In honor of Bullying Prevention Month
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New science game Niche teaches students genetics and biology

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The new science game Niche teaches students about genetics and biology — from predator survival to climate change. Niche uses turn-based strategy, simulation, and "roguelike" video game elements to challenge students to use real genetics to learn about species populations and survival against predators, illnesses, and climate. As they play, students can discover over 100 genes; four
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5 coolest educational VR apps for Google Cardboard

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Virtual reality is an exciting new technology with huge potential for student education, but it’s not always clear how best to leverage VR in the classroom. One easy entry point is Google’s do-it-yourself virtual reality device, but which educational VR apps for Google Cardboard are worth your time and energy? How to use Google Cardboard in the classroom Using Google Cardboard is straightforward. All you need i
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5 simple strategies to quiet a noisy classroom

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Even experienced teachers can struggle with finding effective strategies to quiet a noisy classroom. But having a few tricks at the ready can help you take back control. 1) Stand near the noisy students This strategy is a classic that most teachers learn early in their career. If the class is being too rowdy, standing near the loudest students can get them to settle down, especially if you stay silent while doing it. Keep in mind that how a teacher decide
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3 free classroom noise level monitors

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A room full of quiet students … for many teachers, that’s the perfect classroom. While that might seem like more dream than reality, thankfully lots of classroom noise monitor apps are out there to help you manage. We’ve chosen three classroom noise monitor tools that teachers can use for free. Bouncy Balls How it works: The free browser app Bouncy Balls is a fun tool where students are challenged t

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3 steps for improving class exam review for teachers

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Teacher and Classcraft Ambassador Cara Rowe shares her ideas for homemade classroom games, plus three steps for improving your class exam reviews and seeing better student engagement and academic performance as a result. Review games help students of all levels do better on tests, and there are many well-known games and several sites available to help you throw together a quick and fun review. The only problem with these traditional games and websites, especially in upper grades (w
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Why we created Quests, our new tool for personalized learning

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This school year, teachers and students will embark on a different kind of adventure in the classroom: Quests, a new tool for personalized learning that gamifies existing lesson plans. Every learner has their own unique style of learning, but as a teacher, you only have so much time to spend on a lesson. This can make it difficult to meet the needs of every student in your classroom. That’s why we ma
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Why teachers should use games for PBIS success

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PBIS can massively improve student behavior in a school, and using games for PBIS is a natural fit. Any new implementation takes effort, and by leveraging the social power of games, teachers and administrators can make that process easier. Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) teaches students behavioral expectations by acknowledging and promoting prosocial behavior in order to prevent negative behavior from developing. Naturally, we’re
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What’s the difference between SEL & PBIS?

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SEL and PBIS both foster prosocial behaviors, develop important 21st-century skills, and contribute to a positive school culture. But what’s the difference between SEL and PBIS, and how can you make sure you’re taking steps to integrate both into your classroom and school? Aligning SEL and PBIS together will help you create positive, long-term change in students’ attitudes, behaviors, and academic performance. Below are easy ways to help
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