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4 Teacher Tips for Communicating with Parents
4 Teacher Tips for Communicating with Parents
by Erin Riskey April 2018

Effective parent-teacher communication is an important aspect of a successful school year, but what are some of the best ways to establish open lines of communication with your students' parents? Keep reading for four teacher tips that can make communicating with parents easier and more efficient.

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Why You Should Get to Know Your College T.A.s
Why You Should Get to Know Your College T.A.s
by Michelle Garrigan-Durant April 2018

Most college students will take a class taught by a TA at some point. These graduate students may not be tenured professors, but they're knowledgeable and enthusiastic and usually function as the main class contact. Get to know your college TAs to achieve a better learning experience and maybe even higher grades.

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Want a Blended Classroom Next Year? Here's What You Should Do Now.
Want a Blended Classroom Next Year? Here's What You Should Do Now.
by Bill Sands April 2018

Creating a blended classroom for next year can be a big task. Blended classrooms are a recent trend that has gained momentum in the educational sector. If you're thinking of introducing one next year, here's a list of tasks you might want to consider immediately.

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Want to Earn College Credit This Summer Using Your Phone? Here's How!
Want to Earn College Credit This Summer Using Your Phone? Here's How!
by Michelle Baumgartner April 2018

What could be smarter than using your smartphone to learn as you travel and relax? During the long summer days ahead, you can earn college credit for the upcoming academic year. These tips and suggestions will help you make the most of your summer learning time.

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You Had a Negative Performance Review. What's Next?
You Had a Negative Performance Review. What's Next?
by Bill Sands April 2018

Performance reviews are often nerve-wracking, and receiving negative feedback is always a disheartening experience. The following tips can help you recover from a bad performance review and bounce back stronger than ever!

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How to Evaluate Job Candidates' Ability to Learn
How to Evaluate Job Candidates' Ability to Learn
by Amanda Johnson April 2018

Evaluating a job candidate's ability to learn can be accomplished through reading resumes, asking the right kinds of application and interview questions, and presenting hypothetical situations and problem-solving exercises. Check out how you can measure your job candidates and their ability to learn.

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How to Have a Great First Day as a Substitute Teacher
How to Have a Great First Day as a Substitute Teacher
by Erin Riskey April 2018

Preparing for your first day as a substitute teacher can be nerve-racking and even a bit scary. Will the students respect you and take you seriously? Will you be comfortable with the subject material? Keep reading for some tips and advice that can help you have a great first day as a substitute teacher.

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5 Ways College is Different from High School
5 Ways College is Different from High School
by Michelle Baumgartner April 2018

The transition from high school to college can be a rocky one due to the many differences between the institutions. Prepare yourself for the changes and expectations that await you by considering the five significant ways that college differs from high school.

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Everything You Need to Know About AP Tests: Deadlines, Scoring Policies & More
Everything You Need to Know About AP Tests: Deadlines, Scoring Policies & More
by Michelle Garrigan-Durant April 2018

AP tests can earn you college credit and look great on your transcript, but they also require preparation and can cause stress. Read on to learn about deadlines, scoring policies and other AP test details so you can focus on studying and earning the best score possible on your exam!

How to Motivate Your Employees After Performance Reviews
How to Motivate Your Employees After Performance Reviews
by Rachael Pasini April 2018

Though employees often dread annual evaluations, there are ways to leverage performance reviews to motivate your employees to achieve new goals. All it takes is a shift in mindset, purposeful communication, and a better understanding of what your employees value.

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How to Study for AP Tests
How to Study for AP Tests
by Erin Riskey April 2018

With AP test dates quickly approaching, you might be wondering how to study and prepare yourself for these important exams. Are there specific things you can do? In this post, we'll take a look at some handy tips that can help you get the most out of your study sessions for the upcoming AP tests.

4 Tech Tools You Should Use in Your Classroom
4 Tech Tools You Should Use in Your Classroom
by April 2018

Choosing which digital tools to use in your classroom can be a challenge. However, there are four core tech tools that should be used in every classroom in order to enhance learning and pave the way for the use of additional technology throughout the school year.

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Why You Should Get to Know Your School Librarian
Why You Should Get to Know Your School Librarian
by Rachael Pasini April 2018

If you thought the library was just a quiet space to study and read books, think again. Make the most out of your education by getting to know your school librarian and learn how he or she can play a role in your academic success.

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4 Great Community Service Options for High School Students
4 Great Community Service Options for High School Students
by Erin Riskey April 2018

Community service work can be a wonderful way for high school students to gain valuable life experiences and help others, but what are some of the best opportunities out there? In today's post, we will take a look at four great community service options that high school students can consider.

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5 Tips for Studying for Finals
5 Tips for Studying for Finals
by Erin Riskey April 2018

It's certainly no big secret that studying for finals can be a stressful experience. What's the best way to go about it? Are there certain study methods that work better than others? Fortunately, we've compiled five top-notch tips that can make studying for finals more efficient and less overwhelming.

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Taking the SAT/ACT? Don't Forget These 5 Items on Test Day
Taking the SAT/ACT? Don't Forget These 5 Items on Test Day
by Michelle Garrigan-Durant March 2018

Sometimes, you may spend so much time worrying about an exam that you forget to think about what you'll need on test day. For exams like the ACT and SAT, certain items won't just help you do your best, some are required to enter the testing room! Read on to learn about the items you won't want to forget on test day.

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Should You Have a Skills Section on Your Resume?
Should You Have a Skills Section on Your Resume?
by Bill Sands March 2018

Putting together an effective resume is an important part of the job application process. Adding a skills section can go a long way towards separating yourself from the competition and helping employers see your strengths.

The Importance of Being Healthy During Exams
The Importance of Being Healthy During Exams
by Michelle Baumgartner March 2018

Getting sick or overly stressed during exams can undermine your efforts on these important tests. The same good habits that lessen your chances of succumbing to illness can also keep your stress levels under control. Discover why it's important to be healthy during exams, and how to stay that way.

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Building a Fair & Effective Background Screening Process at Your Company
Building a Fair & Effective Background Screening Process at Your Company
by Amanda Johnson March 2018

Conducting a background screening or a background check is an important part of the pre-hiring process. If your company doesn't have a screening policy in place, check out the information below to create a fair and effective background screening process.

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How to Stay Motivated Through Spring Quarter
How to Stay Motivated Through Spring Quarter
by Bill Sands April 2018

It can be hard to maintain your focus when the school year is almost over, but staying motivated is essential to your future. Read on to find some helpful advice about how to avoid slacking off in the spring.

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How Teachers Can Stay Motivated at the End of the School Year
How Teachers Can Stay Motivated at the End of the School Year
by Rachael Pasini March 2018

Are you a teacher struggling to stay motivated at the end of the school year? With summer vacation right around the corner, it can be hard to maintain your enthusiasm. Consider these tips for keeping your energy level up during the last few months of school.

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Finding the Perfect College For You
Finding the Perfect College For You
by Erin Riskey March 2018

With so many things to take into consideration, finding the perfect college fit can often seem like an impossible task; but rest assured, it can be done. In this blog post, we'll focus on what you should look for when researching schools, as well as some pointers that can help you find the right college.

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Should You Retake the SAT?
Should You Retake the SAT?
by Michelle Baumgartner March 2018

Your SAT scores influence both college admissions decisions and merit-based financial aid awards. Although you worked hard to prepare for this intense exam, your current SAT scores may not quite make the mark. Consider these factors as you decide if retaking the SAT is worth the effort.

What Employees Want in a Relocation Package
What Employees Want in a Relocation Package
by Amanda Johnson March 2018

A relocation package can make or break an employee's decision to join a company. Understanding what employees want in a relocation package can help HR establish and plan relocation policies with both the employee's and the company's best interests in mind. Here are a few suggestions on what to offer in your relocation package.

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You Got Into Your Dream School... Can You Afford It?
You Got Into Your Dream School... Can You Afford It?
by Michelle Garrigan-Durant March 2018

Congratulations on being accepted into your dream school! But can you afford to attend? Or, more importantly, can you afford to without taking out a ton of loans and assuming a lot of student debt? Read on to learn about the essential tools for maximizing financial aid and the types of aid available.

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The Role of HR in Promoting Diversity
The Role of HR in Promoting Diversity
by Bill Sands March 2018

Diversity has become a vital component of the modern workforce, and HR professionals play a crucial part in supporting and promoting inclusive offices. Read on for more information on how HR can help usher in this new era of equality.

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How to Keep Students Engaged Before Spring Break
How to Keep Students Engaged Before Spring Break
by Erin Riskey March 2018

When spring break approaches, you might find that your students tend to get a bit antsy, and their engagement levels may even start to plummet as their excitement over the upcoming time off increases. In today's post, we'll explore some great ways to keep your students engaged before spring break.

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How Teachers can Motivate Students in the Spring
How Teachers can Motivate Students in the Spring
by Rachael Pasini March 2018

Spring is a season of renewal as well the beginning of the countdown to summer break, which can leave both students and teachers struggling to stay motivated. Here are some ways to boost motivation, prevent burnout, and enjoy the remaining weeks in the classroom.

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What Would the Perfect Teacher Appreciation Week Look Like?
What Would the Perfect Teacher Appreciation Week Look Like?
by Rachael Pasini March 2018

Planning the perfect teacher appreciation week can be fun and exciting. Every year in May, National PTA dedicates one week to thank and appreciate teachers and administrators for helping educate our future generations. Join the nation in gratitude by planning the perfect Teacher Appreciation Week through surprises, notes and shout outs.

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Why You Shouldn't Pull All-Nighters
Why You Shouldn't Pull All-Nighters
by Michelle Garrigan-Durant March 2018

Many college students consider all-nighters a part of the college experience but often don't realize that they can adversely affect both academic performance and health. Read on to learn more about the dangers of all-nighters and the right way to study for an exam.

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What We Can Learn from the West Virginia Teachers' Win
What We Can Learn from the West Virginia Teachers' Win
by Michele Vrouvas March 2018

When West Virginia teachers won a 5% pay hike, they ended their nine day strike. But the debate they triggered--as old as public education itself--continues in other states. Here are ways that teachers can make sense of this high-interest topic and use it to engage students in active learning across the social science curriculum.

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4 Tips for Your College Visits
4 Tips for Your College Visits
by Rachel Tustin March 2018

Visiting college campuses and their admissions offices is an exciting time for a student! However, you want to make sure you make an informed decision about admissions to any school. So maximize your visit with these tips to get the most information out of visiting prospective colleges.

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Debunking the Myth of the Permanent Record
Debunking the Myth of the Permanent Record
by Erin Riskey March 2018

There has long been a myth surrounding the permanent record for students in school. Is it really permanent? Will it greatly affect your future? What does it include? Here, we'll answer those questions and debunk the myth of the permanent record by exploring its function, characteristics, and lifespan.

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How to Hack Your Memory to Ace Tests
How to Hack Your Memory to Ace Tests
by Rachel Tustin March 2018

Want to ace your tests? You have to first understand how memory works in the brain. Once you have that knowledge, you can hone your student methods so that you hack your memory anytime you need to during a test!

3 Types of Flexible Work Arrangements Your Employees Want
3 Types of Flexible Work Arrangements Your Employees Want
by Bill Sands March 2018

Updates to technology have made flexible work arrangements easier than ever. Read on for a few of the most common work arrangements and why employees may desire them.

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How to Handle Not Getting Into Your Dream School
How to Handle Not Getting Into Your Dream School
by Rachel Tustin March 2018

Getting rejected from your dream school can be a devastating experience for any prospective college student. You just need to know how to process the situation and keep moving forward. While rejection is tough, you can regroup and find new dreams in college and life.

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How to Get All Your College Course Reading Done Efficiently
How to Get All Your College Course Reading Done Efficiently
by Rachel Tustin March 2018

As you stare at your mountain of college reading, take a deep breath. While the volume of pages in front of you may be daunting, there are strategies you can use to tackle the reading efficiently so you can have time left over to enjoy college too!

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5 Tips for Color-Coding Your Notes
5 Tips for Color-Coding Your Notes
by Michelle Baumgartner March 2018

Color-coding your notes can help you organize information more effectively and study more efficiently. Optimize your color-coding system and make it a highlight of your study strategy by using the five tips in this article.

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4 Skills You Need to Get Hired in 2018
4 Skills You Need to Get Hired in 2018
by Bill Sands March 2018

Hiring managers are looking for specific sets of skills when interviewing job applicants. Use the skills in this article to identify the most in-demand domains and improve your chances of getting hired.

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How to Handle Terminating an Employee In the Modern Workforce
How to Handle Terminating an Employee In the Modern Workforce
by Bill Sands March 2018

Firing an employee can be an uncomfortable experience, but it is a necessary part of any HR manager's job. Read on for helpful tips on how to go about the process in as smooth a manner as possible.

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Tips on Developing Emotional Intelligence for Every HR Professional
Tips on Developing Emotional Intelligence for Every HR Professional
by Michelle Garrigan-Durant March 2018

Emotional intelligence is an HR buzzword that has received a lot of attention over the past few years, especially because many believe that it can be improved. Read on to learn how to develop emotional intelligence in your workplace.

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Texting as a Recruiting Tool: How to Use SMS in HR
Texting as a Recruiting Tool: How to Use SMS in HR
by Bill Sands March 2018

SMS texting has become an increasingly popular option among HR professionals looking to fill vacancies. Read on for more information on this practice and how you can use it to improve the hiring process.

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Mental Health Resources You Probably Have as a Community College Student
Mental Health Resources You Probably Have as a Community College Student
by Erin Riskey March 2018

Being a college student can often be stressful and overwhelming, but did you know there are special resources that can help you deal with any mental health issues you might be experiencing? Keep reading to learn about the mental health resources you probably have access to as a community college student.

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How to Make the Open Enrollment Process Smoother - For You and Your Employees
How to Make the Open Enrollment Process Smoother - For You and Your Employees
by Amanda Johnson March 2018

Open enrollment doesn't have to be all hassles and headaches for you or your employees. Starting the process early, educating yourself and your employees, and maintaining an open line of communication can help the entire process run smoother.

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5 Birthday Party Tips for Children with ADHD
5 Birthday Party Tips for Children with ADHD
by Erin Riskey February 2018

Throwing a birthday party for a child with ADHD requires some special considerations and proper planning. Today we'll explore five tips that can help you organize and execute a memorable, fun birthday party for your ADHD child and their guests.

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How to Earn HRCI Recertification Credits with Study.com
How to Earn HRCI Recertification Credits with Study.com
by Michelle Garrigan-Durant February 2018

HRCI recertification is required every three years, and many people recertify by earning credits for professional development activities. Read on to learn how to earn credits with Study.com, an approved recertification credit provider.

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Should You Get Your MBA or HR Certification First?
Should You Get Your MBA or HR Certification First?
by Bill Sands February 2018

If you're an HR professional looking to improve your credentials, both an MBA and HR certification can help you develop valuable skills and advance your career. But which one should you go after first?

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Top 5 Online HR Courses Worth Investing In
Top 5 Online HR Courses Worth Investing In
by Amanda Johnson February 2018

In order to move ahead in the field of HR, professionals should consider investing their time and money in online courses that cover key areas including compliance, crisis management, analytics, compensation and benefits, and talent acquisition. Here is a list of the top online courses that do just that.

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Don't Have an Employee Referral Bonus Program? You're Making a Mistake
Don't Have an Employee Referral Bonus Program? You're Making a Mistake
by Bill Sands February 2018

Offering employees incentives in exchange for referrals is an effective program that can reshape your entire hiring process. Read on for more information on how these programs can make your life as an HR professional much less complicated.

Summer Classes Don't Have to Be Boring for You or Students - Use These Tips to Make Them Engaging
Summer Classes Don't Have to Be Boring for You or Students - Use These Tips to Make Them Engaging
by Erin Riskey February 2018

As you might imagine, summer classes can present a unique challenge for both teachers and students. In this post, we'll explore some tips that can up the engagement level and reduce boredom as you teach summer classes.

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Let's Talk About It: The Community College Stigma
Let's Talk About It: The Community College Stigma
by Michele Vrouvas February 2018

Community colleges offer benefits and opportunities that millions of students can't get anywhere else. So why is there a stigma attached to attending one and how can you deal with it?

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3 Community College Success Stories
3 Community College Success Stories
by Michelle Baumgartner February 2018

While community colleges do not enjoy the prestige of many 4-year institutions, their affordability, individualized attention, and training opportunities make them undervalued gems, as these three success stories show.

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Common Mistakes New and Seasoned HR Managers Make and How to Learn from Them
Common Mistakes New and Seasoned HR Managers Make and How to Learn from Them
by Bill Sands February 2018

No one ever said being a manager is easy, and HR managers have their own slate of issues and problems to deal with. The following list contains a number of common mistakes that managers make and what you can do to overcome any missteps.

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Attending a U.S. Community College as an International Student
Attending a U.S. Community College as an International Student
by Bill Sands February 2018

Though it's not thought of as a common destination, community colleges are a popular choice for international students. If you're considering enrolling in such a school, read on for more information on what steps you need to take and how you can prepare.

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Why You Need Morning Meetings in Your Classroom
Why You Need Morning Meetings in Your Classroom
by Erin Riskey February 2018

As a teacher, you may have heard of morning meetings, but do you really know what they entail or the positive impact they can have on your classroom? Keep reading to get the lowdown on morning meetings and discover why you need to give them a try.

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What to Do When You Disagree with State Education Standards
What to Do When You Disagree with State Education Standards
by Rachel Tustin February 2018

As teachers, it's not unusual to disagree with a standard you are expected to teach. While it may be tempting to find ways to avoid teaching the standard altogether, doing so could have disastrous results for your career.

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How to Handle Conflict with Other Teachers
How to Handle Conflict with Other Teachers
by Rachel Tustin February 2018

When you are a teacher, you are used to handling conflict with students and even parents. But when it's your fellow teachers, it can present new challenges. It involves keeping your cool and putting your conflict resolution skills to work so that you can focus on what matters most - teaching.

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Teaching Black History Month in Your Classroom
Teaching Black History Month in Your Classroom
by Rachel Tustin February 2018

Black History Month is an incredibly important, though often misguided time in a teacher's year. We should approach it as an opportunity to show the relevance of African Americans in our content area, and not just isolated lessons that don't give it the respect it deserves.

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Can I Get an Internship in Community College?
Can I Get an Internship in Community College?
by Bill Sands February 2018

Though they may not have a reputation for offering professional services, community colleges can actually be quite helpful when it comes to finding an internship. Read on for more information on how these schools can be of use in your pursuit of work experience.

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What if My Child Was Misdiagnosed With ADHD?
What if My Child Was Misdiagnosed With ADHD?
by Amanda Johnson February 2018

If your child has been misdiagnosed with ADHD, don't blame yourself. Instead, continue supporting your child's health and well-being, and share your story with other parents to help raise awareness of a growing concern - that too many children are receiving false ADHD diagnoses.

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What It's Like to Have Your Own Child as a Student: 4 Considerations
What It's Like to Have Your Own Child as a Student: 4 Considerations
by Patricia Willis February 2018

Teaching and parenting are difficult enough on their own. When you combine them, you open the door to a world of difficulty that can have a negative impact on home and family life - if you let it.

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How Important is it for My ADHD Child to be Around Others with ADHD?
How Important is it for My ADHD Child to be Around Others with ADHD?
by Rachel Tustin February 2018

As a parent, it's normal to wonder if it would help them to be around other kids with ADHD. It's true for any parent who has a learning disabled child. However, depending on your reason, it may not be the magical cure you wish it to be.

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Powerful Techniques to Remove Hiring Bias from the Recruitment Process
Powerful Techniques to Remove Hiring Bias from the Recruitment Process
by Amanda Johnson February 2018

Removing bias in the hiring process is possible when you understand what biases look like and how they find their way into important recruitment decisions. Once identified, those biases can be removed through a variety of powerful HR techniques.

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What HR Can Do to Improve Trust Among Employees
What HR Can Do to Improve Trust Among Employees
by Bill Sands February 2018

Fostering a corporate culture that promotes trust is an often-overlooked task for human resources departments. Use these tips and strategies to make it easy for your employees to trust one another.

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5 Tips on Handling Students Who Won't Stop Interrupting
5 Tips on Handling Students Who Won't Stop Interrupting
by Bill Sands February 2018

Finding a graceful way to deal with students who keep interrupting is a tall task for any teacher. Check out these techniques that will help you keep students in line and prevent disruptions.

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What We Can Learn from the School System in Finland
What We Can Learn from the School System in Finland
by Rachel Tustin February 2018

As American teachers, we're often compared to teachers in school systems across the globe. While we don't have the power to completely reform American education, there are lessons we can learn from countries like Finland about improving how we teach.

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Marijuana Legalization in California: Considerations for Teachers & Parents
Marijuana Legalization in California: Considerations for Teachers & Parents
by Erin Riskey February 2018

With California being the most recent state to legalize marijuana for recreational use, many citizens are concerned that usage will increase among the younger population. Here we'll explore the topic and go over some things for teachers and parents to take into consideration.

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A Look into Design Tech High School: A Revolution in Redwood City
A Look into Design Tech High School: A Revolution in Redwood City
by Michelle Garrigan-Durant February 2018

Design Tech High School recently opened their new facility, which is located on the campus of tech giant Oracle. Read on learn about this partnership and how it's impacting the school's innovative approach to education.

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Pros and Cons of Getting a PhD While Teaching Full Time
Pros and Cons of Getting a PhD While Teaching Full Time
by Rachel Tustin February 2018

Pursuing a Ph.D. while working full time is no easy feat. From someone who has been there, I can tell you from experience there are lots of pros and cons to working on a degree while continuing to teach.

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How Many Hours of Screen Time Should I Allow my Child with ADHD to Have?
How Many Hours of Screen Time Should I Allow my Child with ADHD to Have?
by Bill Sands February 2018

Children have far more access to digital media now than at any point in history. If you're wondering how many hours of screen time is right for your ADHD child and what you can do to limit it, read on for more information.

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How I Got My Students to Be Curious & Enjoy Learning
How I Got My Students to Be Curious & Enjoy Learning
by Rachel Tustin February 2018

If we want students to learn, engaging their curiosity is a key component in 'priming' the brain. However, while you are turning on their curiosity, there is no reason you can't make it enjoyable, too!

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5 Ways to Use Design Thinking in Your Classroom
5 Ways to Use Design Thinking in Your Classroom
by Michelle Garrigan-Durant February 2018

Design thinking is a user-focused way to solve problems that are being implemented in many economic sectors. Read on to learn how to incorporate design thinking in your classroom, as well as resources to get you started.

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Using Timers to Help Kids with ADHD Finish Their Homework and Chores
Using Timers to Help Kids with ADHD Finish Their Homework and Chores
by Rachel Tustin February 2018

If you have a child with ADHD, you probably struggle with getting them to finish tasks like chores and homework. A timer can be a powerful tool to help them complete tasks not only as children but also as adults.

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Improve Your Students' Writing Skills by Letting Them Draw
Improve Your Students' Writing Skills by Letting Them Draw
by Patricia Willis February 2018

Too often art is seen as secondary to the written word, but for those who struggle to communicate, drawing can open up the path to expression and improve writing skills.

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10 Books Children With ADHD Will Love
10 Books Children With ADHD Will Love
by Michelle Baumgartner February 2018

Many children with ADHD are unwilling to read, especially for pleasure. How can they learn to enjoy reading? Try this list of lively books that ADHD children will love.

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5 Things I Learned About Student Motivation While Teaching K-12
5 Things I Learned About Student Motivation While Teaching K-12
by Rachel Tustin January 2018

In all my years of teaching, I have learned that motivation is the most complex aspect of teaching. However, my experience has taught me that it is not an impossible feat to motivate all of the students in our classrooms.

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What Every Teacher Should Know About Translanguaging
What Every Teacher Should Know About Translanguaging
by Bill Sands January 2018

Translanguaging is a new trend in English instruction that involves encouraging students to use their native tongues more frequently in class. Read on to learn more about this school of thought and how it may be able to help you.

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How to Teach Kids About Climate Change Without Terrifying Them
How to Teach Kids About Climate Change Without Terrifying Them
by Rachel Tustin January 2018

Climate change can be a heavy and controversial topic for both adults and children. However, as teachers, there are ways to educate our students about climate change in a way that empowers them to help change the world.

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How to Help Your ADHD Child Transition Into Elementary School Smoothly
How to Help Your ADHD Child Transition Into Elementary School Smoothly
by Rachel Tustin January 2018

Transitioning your child with ADHD to elementary school can be a stressful time of their lives. However, with some planning, you can help your child be ready to embrace their new school routine prepared and with a positive attitude.

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How Will Caffeine Affect My ADHD Child?
How Will Caffeine Affect My ADHD Child?
by Amanda Johnson January 2018

Too much caffeine in children can create ADHD-like symptoms or an increase in current symptoms for children with ADHD. However, when used appropriately, caffeine can have some positive effects on children with ADHD.

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Should I Take Pass/No Pass Courses at Community College?
Should I Take Pass/No Pass Courses at Community College?
by Amanda Johnson January 2018

Whether you choose to take a course on a pass or no pass (P/NP) basis in community college will depend largely upon the school's P/NP policy as well as the P/NP policy of the university you intend to transfer to at a later time.

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Programming Boot Camp vs. Community College: Which Will Help Me Become an Great Engineer?
Programming Boot Camp vs. Community College: Which Will Help Me Become an Great Engineer?
by Bill Sands January 2018

If you're thinking of becoming a software engineer, you have a couple of different academic paths from which to choose. Attending community college and completing a programming boot camp are both excellent options, but how can you tell which one is right for you?

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How Important is it for Your Students to Participate in Class Discussions?
How Important is it for Your Students to Participate in Class Discussions?
by Patricia Willis January 2018

Getting students to actively participate in class discussions can be a challenge - but one that is worth our time. If we want to guarantee their success, we must get them involved - here's why.

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Teachers Can Be Bullied Too: My Story & How I Stopped the Bullies
Teachers Can Be Bullied Too: My Story & How I Stopped the Bullies
by Rachel Tustin January 2018

When you hear the word bullying, you probably think of children being bullied on the playground. However, teachers suffer from bullying just as much as the students they try to shield.

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Are Some Community Colleges Better Than Others?
Are Some Community Colleges Better Than Others?
by Erin Riskey January 2018

If you're leaning toward a community college for the next step in your education, you might be wondering if some are better than others. Here we'll explore some factors that can tell you a lot about community colleges and what they have to offer.

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Does Technology Help or Hurt Children with ADHD?
Does Technology Help or Hurt Children with ADHD?
by Michelle Baumgartner January 2018

As a parent in a world dominated by smartphones and tablets, you may worry about the impact of technology on your ADHD child. While there are definite concerns, some of technology's benefits may surprise you.

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What to Wear on the First Day of School as a Teacher
What to Wear on the First Day of School as a Teacher
by Michelle Garrigan-Durant January 2018

What to wear on the first day of school isn't just a concern for students, but for teachers as well. Read on to learn more about factors to consider when choosing what to wear and potential resources.

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3 Tips for Putting Your ADHD Child to Bed That Actually Work
3 Tips for Putting Your ADHD Child to Bed That Actually Work
by Bill Sands January 2018

Getting children with ADHD to settle down and fall asleep is far from an easy task. The following suggestions contain helpful advice that can get your children into bed and make sure that they stay there.

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The Pizza Party is Outdated: How to Better Reward Your Students
The Pizza Party is Outdated: How to Better Reward Your Students
by Erin Riskey January 2018

Are you looking for some student reward ideas that go beyond the traditional pizza party? Keep reading to explore some creative ideas for rewards your students will love.

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What to Do When Your ADHD Child is Diagnosed with Depression
What to Do When Your ADHD Child is Diagnosed with Depression
by Rachel Tustin January 2018

When your child has ADHD, life takes on a layer of stress. If they get a diagnosis of depression, it can feel a bit like things are falling apart. However, its important to not jump to conclusions and focus on building your knowledge and support systems.

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I Tried Assigning Less Homework to My Students: Here's What Happened
I Tried Assigning Less Homework to My Students: Here's What Happened
by Rachel Tustin January 2018

As educators, we have all listened to every facet of the homework debate for our entire careers. Personally, when I embraced less homework I saw nothing but positive results for myself and my students.

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How New Teachers Can Benefit From Visiting Classrooms of Their Colleagues
How New Teachers Can Benefit From Visiting Classrooms of Their Colleagues
by Rachel Tustin January 2018

As a new teacher, you may feel too overwhelmed to spend time outside your classroom. However, there are a lot of benefits to visiting your colleagues' classrooms and learning some new tricks of the trade.

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How to Explain an ADHD Diagnosis to Your Young Child
How to Explain an ADHD Diagnosis to Your Young Child
by Michelle Baumgartner January 2018

After a battery of diagnostic tests, you finally have your child's diagnosis: ADHD. Now you have to explain the complexities of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder to your young child. These suggestions and resources can help.

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Tired of Students Not Being Active Listeners in Class? Follow These 5 Tips to Fix It
Tired of Students Not Being Active Listeners in Class? Follow These 5 Tips to Fix It
by Rachel Tustin January 2018

Regardless of the age group, as teachers we face the challenge of students not listening. However frustrated you may be with it, it is not a hopeless cause. Just like you teach anything else in your course, you can teach students to listen.

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Why I Always Keep an Anonymous Question Box in My Classroom
Why I Always Keep an Anonymous Question Box in My Classroom
by Patricia Willis January 2018

Letting students ask important questions anonymously allows teachers to further their classroom discussions without shining a spotlight where it's least welcome.

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Why Teachers Are Essential to Eliminating the Stigma of Mental Health in the Classroom
Why Teachers Are Essential to Eliminating the Stigma of Mental Health in the Classroom
by Rachel Tustin January 2018

Mental illness is a problem that pervades every aspect of our society, including our children's classrooms. However, rather than handicap teachers, we should equip them for their essential role in helping eliminate the stigma surrounding mental illness.

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How to Best Utilize Your Teacher's Aide
How to Best Utilize Your Teacher's Aide
by Erin Riskey January 2018

A teacher's aide can be a very helpful resource when utilized properly. In this post, we'll explore some tips that can help you get the most out of having a teacher's aide in your classroom.

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Think You Deserve a Better Grade? Here's How to Talk to Your Professor
Think You Deserve a Better Grade? Here's How to Talk to Your Professor
by Rachel Tustin January 2018

Getting an unfair grade in college can be an emotional situation to find yourself in. However, if you approach your professor in the right way, you can talk to them calmly and find a resolution you can live with.

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What Are My Housing Options in Community College?
What Are My Housing Options in Community College?
by Erin Riskey January 2018

If you're leaning towards a community college for the next step in your education, you might be wondering about possible living arrangements. Here, we'll explore some of your best options for housing while you attend community college.

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How to Help Your ADHD Child Stop Procrastinating
How to Help Your ADHD Child Stop Procrastinating
by Michelle Baumgartner January 2018

ADHD children are prone to procrastination, which negatively affects school performance and life at home. Find out how you can help your ADHD child overcome tardy tendencies.

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Tricks for Dealing with Difficult Children in Your Classroom
Tricks for Dealing with Difficult Children in Your Classroom
by Bill Sands January 2018

Misbehaving students are just another part of the job when it comes to teaching, but that doesn't mean there's nothing you can do about it. Use these strategies to manage classroom behavior and navigate difficult situations.

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The Real Reason Students Plagiarize & What It Tells Us about Our Education System
The Real Reason Students Plagiarize & What It Tells Us about Our Education System
by Rachel Tustin January 2018

At multiple levels of education, student plagiarism is a problem faced by the education system. However, the reality is that the education system is not completely blameless in the problem.

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What are My Options for Getting Financial Aid for Community College?
What are My Options for Getting Financial Aid for Community College?
by Michelle Garrigan-Durant January 2018

Cost is a major concern for college students. However, there are many opportunities for financial assistance such as scholarships, loans and grants. Read on to learn more about the financial aid options available for community college students.

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This is What Happens When You Hire an Overqualified Candidate
This is What Happens When You Hire an Overqualified Candidate
by Amanda Johnson January 2018

There are two sides to a story and two sides to a coin. The same is true when hiring an overqualified candidate. You can end up with a long-term happy employee or you can end up with a short-term disgruntled employee. HR can help determine which type is hired.

My Tips for Creating an Inclusive Classroom
My Tips for Creating an Inclusive Classroom
by Patricia Willis January 2018

In a time when society seems more polarized than ever, teaching students in an inclusive environment is increasingly important. This is how I created one, and why it's the best gift I could give my students.

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3 Tips for Providing Emotional Support to Seniors Applying to College
3 Tips for Providing Emotional Support to Seniors Applying to College
by Bill Sands January 2018

The college application process can be notoriously stressful for high school seniors. As a teacher, you are uniquely positioned to offer support and advice to help them get through this difficult period.

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Should I Be Honest with Parents about Being a First-Year Teacher?
Should I Be Honest with Parents about Being a First-Year Teacher?
by Bill Sands January 2018

Dealing with parents as an inexperienced teacher can be a daunting task, but should you embellish the amount of experience you have in order to seem like a more seasoned instructor?

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How to Get Rid of Your Unconscious Bias as an HR Professional
How to Get Rid of Your Unconscious Bias as an HR Professional
by Amanda Johnson January 2018

If you want to get rid of your unconscious bias as an HR professional, you need to admit the possibility of actually having a bias towards others based on categories such as age, sex and ethnicity. Once you've identified your bias you can address ways to remove it.

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The Biggest Differences Between Teaching Elementary & Middle School
The Biggest Differences Between Teaching Elementary & Middle School
by Rachel Tustin January 2018

If we think about our elementary and middle school experiences as students, we know there are huge differences. But what are the biggest differences for teachers?

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Fun Ways to Avoid the Curve of Forgetting Over the Summer
Fun Ways to Avoid the Curve of Forgetting Over the Summer
by Rachel Tustin January 2018

For ADHD children, the summer slide is a huge concern for parents and teachers. Here are some fun ways to curb the summer slide and engage children who struggle with the symptoms of ADHD.

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Top Strategies for Keeping up with Emerging HR Trends
Top Strategies for Keeping up with Emerging HR Trends
by Bill Sands December 2017

HR is an evolving field and professionals will need to use all their skills to stay on top of new developments. Read on for more information on how to keep up with new trends in the human resources field

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The 5 Types of Colleges Every Student Should Apply To
The 5 Types of Colleges Every Student Should Apply To
by Svitlana Kostenko December 2017

With college application season in full swing (many are due on January 1!), Study.com has created a useful infographic that outlines the 5 types of colleges every student should apply to. From the dream school to the low-cost school, it is important for every college-bound student to cast a wide enough net to cater to a variety of college needs and account for unexpected life changes.

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The Dos and Don'ts of Internal Hiring
The Dos and Don'ts of Internal Hiring
by Amanda Johnson December 2017

Internal hiring is a great way to fill vacant company positions with qualified applicants already working in your company. The pros and cons depend on company needs and size. Before you get started, take some time to review these important do's and don'ts for internal hiring.

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Should You Encourage Anonymous Feedback at Your Company?
Should You Encourage Anonymous Feedback at Your Company?
by Bill Sands December 2017

Implementing an anonymous feedback policy can be a tricky proposition, as the practice has various benefits and issues. If you're considering implementing such a policy, read on for more information before making a decision.

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5 Employment Lawsuit Myths Every HR Pro Should Be Aware Of
5 Employment Lawsuit Myths Every HR Pro Should Be Aware Of
by Amanda Johnson December 2017

Whether you're in a small or a large business, if you work in HR then it's your responsibility to see that employment and labor laws are adhered to. If you think an employment lawsuit can't happen to your company, check out these five myths and think again.

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5 Great, Unique Holiday Gifts for Your Employees
5 Great, Unique Holiday Gifts for Your Employees
by Melissa Kreindel December 2017

Holiday gift giving can be stressful, but if you really want to recognize your employees' hard work, consider these gifts for the upcoming holiday season.

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HR Certification vs. Certificate: Things to Consider Before You Make the Choice
HR Certification vs. Certificate: Things to Consider Before You Make the Choice
by Bill Sands December 2017

The decision between an HR certificate and certification is a momentous one that will have major effects on your career. Read more about these two options and see which one is best for you.

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What Every HR and Business Leader Should Know about Diversity in the Workplace
What Every HR and Business Leader Should Know about Diversity in the Workplace
by Bill Sands December 2017

Diversity is an important trend that permeates every aspect of the modern workplace. As an HR leader, you need to know how to understand and adapt to this changing landscape.

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Fun and Easy Ways to Incorporate More Reading into Your Classroom
Fun and Easy Ways to Incorporate More Reading into Your Classroom
by Erin Riskey November 2017

We already know that reading is important for many reasons, but sometimes it's a challenge to keep it both interesting and exciting for your students. Be sure to check out this post for some fun and easy ways to incorporate more reading into your classroom.

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Should You Outsource HR or Keep it In-House?
Should You Outsource HR or Keep it In-House?
by Amanda Johnson November 2017

Deciding whether or not to outsource HR is not a quick decision. Choosing how to handle your HR roles requires determining business size and HR needs, reviewing pros and cons, and researching how outsourcing has or has not worked for other businesses.

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What HR Professionals Really Think about Employment Gaps in Your CV
What HR Professionals Really Think about Employment Gaps in Your CV
by Melissa Kreindel December 2017

Taking an employment break is a fairly common practice these days, but it's important to know how HR recruiters might view that gap when you finally decide to head back to work.

Dropped Out of High School? - Here are Great Options to Get You Back on Track
Dropped Out of High School? - Here are Great Options to Get You Back on Track
by Erin Riskey November 2017

Let's face it: sometimes high school just doesn't work out as planned. If you have dropped out of high school and are looking for some great ways to get back on track, be sure to check out the ideas in this post.

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What Should I Do if I Notice a Student Falling Behind Socially?
What Should I Do if I Notice a Student Falling Behind Socially?
by Rachel Tustin December 2017

When you notice a child falling behind socially in your classroom, your impulse may be to jump to action. However, before you start calling parents, there are some things you should consider - including who to talk to at your school.

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7 Tips for Presenting Yourself as a Professional in Your HR Interview
7 Tips for Presenting Yourself as a Professional in Your HR Interview
by Melissa Kreindel December 2017

An interview can make or break the prospects of landing the perfect job. Whether you're a seasoned interviewee or a novice, it can be beneficial to review some useful tips on how to best present yourself as a professional in order to ace that next interview and get one step closer to the job of your dreams.

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Help! My School Isn't Providing the Resources I Need to Teach a Special Needs Child
Help! My School Isn't Providing the Resources I Need to Teach a Special Needs Child
by Rachel Tustin November 2017

Having a special needs child in your classroom can be stressful. Lacking the resources you need just amplifies it even more. However, if you know what to do, you can alleviate that stress and help the child find success.

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Should I Play Music in my Classroom?
Should I Play Music in my Classroom?
by Michelle Baumgartner January 2018

Are you wondering if music should accompany your classroom activities? Listen to this resounding chorus of positive reasons to use music in the classroom.

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The Best and Worst Times of Day to Schedule an Interview
The Best and Worst Times of Day to Schedule an Interview
by Melissa Kreindel December 2017

Conducting an interview requires time, energy, and concentration. Read on to the find the best and worst times of day to get the most benefit out of the interview process.

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I'm an Elementary School Teacher - Here's How I Avoid Getting Sick
I'm an Elementary School Teacher - Here's How I Avoid Getting Sick
by Bill Sands November 2017

Staying healthy can be a tall task for teachers, as classrooms can be full of germs. Use these tips and tricks to avoid illness and keep yourself feeling well in the classroom.

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You Can Teach a Seasoned Teacher New Tricks: Tips for Teaching Generation Z
You Can Teach a Seasoned Teacher New Tricks: Tips for Teaching Generation Z
by Rachel Tustin December 2017

With each new generation that enters our classrooms, teachers are faced with new challenges to engage them in learning. Generation Z is an opportunity for veteran teachers to shake up their classroom routine and learn some new tricks to keep them excited about learning.

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Creating an Inclusive Holiday Celebration in Your Classroom
Creating an Inclusive Holiday Celebration in Your Classroom
by Michelle Garrigan-Durant December 2017

The holidays can be challenging for teachers whose many students celebrate many different holidays. Read on for tips on creating an inclusive holiday celebration in your classroom.

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How Can I Use the Authentic Learning Standards in My Classroom?
How Can I Use the Authentic Learning Standards in My Classroom?
by Patricia Willis December 2017

Authentic learning puts student experience at the forefront of classroom learning for a more engaging experience that allows pupils to solidify understanding through connected activities.

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How to Study Smart for Community College Courses
How to Study Smart for Community College Courses
by Rachel Tustin November 2017

Studying in college is different in many ways than high school. Namely, while you do attend classes, you spend a lot more time grappling with material on your own. As a result, you have to find ways to study smarter so you can be successful.

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4 Tips for Being a Good School Field Trip Chaperone
4 Tips for Being a Good School Field Trip Chaperone
by Bill Sands November 2017

The job of a field trip chaperone may not be an easy one, but by following these strategies, you can keep things organized and ensure a productive and entertaining day for both yourself and your students.

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Why do Foodies Secretly Hate Thanksgiving?
Why do Foodies Secretly Hate Thanksgiving?
by Erin Riskey November 2017

It's that time of year again! You might be wondering how anyone could possibly hate Thanksgiving, but in today's post, we'll explore the reason behind foodies' secret hatred for the famous holiday.

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How to Prepare Yourself for Community College Graduation and Beyond
How to Prepare Yourself for Community College Graduation and Beyond
by Bill Sands November 2017

Graduating from community college is an exciting accomplishment, but it also necessitates some major life decisions. Read on for some helpful strategies to help you stay focused and successful.

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Starting Over With a New Career Path in Adulthood Doesn't Have to be Scary
Starting Over With a New Career Path in Adulthood Doesn't Have to be Scary
by Michelle Baumgartner December 2017

Choosing a new career path in your adult years can seem daunting, but it doesn't have to be overwhelming. Follow these suggestions to make a smoother career transition.

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The 4 Most Common Mistakes Inexperienced HR Managers Make
The 4 Most Common Mistakes Inexperienced HR Managers Make
by Amanda Johnson November 2017

When you're new to the HR field, you're bound to make some mistakes as you learn your way around. Common mistakes include errors in the hiring process, indirectness with employees and lack of policies, procedures, and up-to-date job descriptions.

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How to Cope with Marriage Stress Caused by Parenting a Child with ADHD
How to Cope with Marriage Stress Caused by Parenting a Child with ADHD
by Bill Sands November 2017

Raising a child with ADHD can place an enormous strain on your marriage. Use these helpful tips to find ways to manage the stress and raise your child without compromising your romantic relationships.

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How Open Should You be with Your Students About Your Personal Life?
How Open Should You be with Your Students About Your Personal Life?
by Bill Sands November 2017

Talking about your personal life is a great way to build a rapport with your students, but oversharing can cause serious issues. Find out what topics to avoid and where to draw the line when it comes to talking with your class.

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Famous Community College Graduates
Famous Community College Graduates
by Erin Riskey November 2017

Just because someone attends community college doesn't mean they won't be successful. Keep reading to learn about some community college students who went on to do very big things--their names and stories might surprise you!

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I Tried Breathing Exercises with Kids in My Class, and You Can Too!
I Tried Breathing Exercises with Kids in My Class, and You Can Too!
by Patricia Willis November 2017

Practiced alone, mindful breathing can help to reduce stress and provide more balance. But practiced with your students, it can lead to better self-control and a more harmonious classroom.

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Will Online Family Therapy Help Us Cope with Our Child's ADHD?
Will Online Family Therapy Help Us Cope with Our Child's ADHD?
by Rachel Tustin December 2017

With the busy lives families lead today, there is a lot of stress - especially if you have a child with ADHD. As a result, you may be considering online family therapy as a viable option. However, you want to make an informed decision to see if it works for your family first!

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Will Community College Help Me Decide What to Do in Life?
Will Community College Help Me Decide What to Do in Life?
by Michelle Garrigan-Durant November 2017

If you're questioning what to do in life, community college may be the answer. Read on to learn how the resources offered at community colleges may help you decide on a future career.

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How Long Does It Take to Get a Teaching Certificate?
How Long Does It Take to Get a Teaching Certificate?
by Rachel Tustin November 2017

Teaching programs are challenging, requiring a combination of exams, coursework, and internships to prepare you for the classroom. However, if you have a clear vision of the path to success, you can become an amazing teacher!

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Is an Online MBA Worth It?
Is an Online MBA Worth It?
by Rachel Tustin December 2017

Online MBAs can be enticing for those wishing to switch careers or substantially increase their salaries. However, before you jump into a program, you want to take some time and really consider if the investment is worth it.

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How a 3D Printer Can Enhance Your Classroom
How a 3D Printer Can Enhance Your Classroom
by Bill Sands November 2017

In addition to being the latest trend in technology, 3D printers have the potential to revolutionize the classroom. Read on for tips and suggestions on how to use these devices to upgrade your teaching experience.

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History of Community College: How the Morrill Act of 1862 Expanded Access to Public Higher Education
History of Community College: How the Morrill Act of 1862 Expanded Access to Public Higher Education
by Michele Vrouvas November 2017

Justin Morrill isn't a household name. But thanks to him, millions of college students in the U.S. are pursuing degrees once available only to a select few.

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Tips for Teachers: How to React When Students Are Shouting at You
Tips for Teachers: How to React When Students Are Shouting at You
by Melissa Kreindel December 2017

As teachers, we plan all aspects of our day, but we don't necessarily plan for a disruptive student. Read on to learn some tips for how to handle shouting and angry students so you can quickly diffuse the situation and get back to your lesson plan.

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How White Noise Helps Kids with ADHD Succeed Academically
How White Noise Helps Kids with ADHD Succeed Academically
by Michelle Baumgartner November 2017

Auditory distractions can negatively impact your ADHD child's academic performance. A certain kind of sound, called white noise, may block out those distractions and help your child focus on schoolwork.

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Why Design Thinking Might Not Work in Every Classroom
Why Design Thinking Might Not Work in Every Classroom
by Rachel Tustin December 2017

Design thinking is an approach to learning that is taking education by storm. However, while it has become a buzzword in education, it is necessarily suitable as a mindset to revamp every classroom.

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