Author: SensoryEdge

How to Encourage Gratitude in the Classroom

Having gratitude for the situations in our lives, whether good or bad, is a wonderful skill to learn. Learn how to encourage gratitude in life and in the classroom. Teachers have a wonderful opportunity to teach children the value of saying thank you and describing why they are thankful. In 2006, psychologists did a study of parents’ descriptions of their children’s strengths.  They found that gratitude had the strongest relationship to life satisfaction.  However, trying to make grateful kids isn’t just an issue for families; it’s an issue for society as well. As the world becomes more culturally diverse...

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Make Homework Helpful

Homework! Who wants to do homework?! There is a strategy when giving out homework assignments that can help your students learn and retain more information. There are many things you can keep in mind when assigning homework to ensure your students’ success and make homework helpful to everyone. Are you assigning homework that is meaningful and beneficial to your students? Teachers and parents have universally been in a tug a war over homework. Teachers require homework to be done, since there’s not enough time in class, and parents want to have time outside of school with their children. This can cause...

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Teaching Techniques for 5th Graders

You will need some helpful teaching techniques for 5th graders since it is one of the significant transitional years that a child will have in the course of their education. It is the key year where children are viewed with expectations in areas of knowledge as well as excellence in their standards of work. Naturally some kids may hate having more expectations laid upon, but it is one of the most crucial transitions and basic methods to use in the future.  It will lay the groundwork to the format of education in junior high and high school. Basically, students are...

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All About Body Awareness

Body awareness is a skill that is really instinctive.  It’s not something you really think about about throughout the day. This aptitude is usually created in the background, as an outcome of motor skill practice gained through play and repetition. Body awareness is the ability to understand where our bodies are in space and how our bodies move.  Keep in mind that it is tied to the way the musculoskeletal and nervous systems and how they communicate with one another.  This makes it essential to the development of motor skills. For example, proper body awareness tells us how far to reach...

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Neighborhood Efforts Help Discourage Bullying

In addition to parents and teachers, neighborhood efforts help ward off bullying. Anti-bullying campaigns are the most successful when participants include students, parents, faculty, and community leaders. This method starts with educating parents and staff and moves towards getting the community involved in the school. Including the entire community in bullying prevention guarantees that not only the students and staff but also the parents and the larger community are working toward common goals of kindness and inclusion.  If you get the school involved in the community it increases the likelihood for real change. Parents need to understand and support...

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