Brain Breaks

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Let’s face it; focusing can be hard. Paying attention to one thing for a long period of time is a challenge, no matter who you are. Trying to get 20 students to focus on a lecture in your classroom can be one of the hardest things about teaching. When your students just can’t pay attention [...]

Teacher Profile: Andrew Maurin

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Recess Blog: Tell us a little about yourself. Andrew Maurin: My name is Andrew T. Maurin and I teach 3rd grade at Elm Grove Elementary in Independence, Missouri. I’ve been teaching here for 3 years, but 10 years total. RB: What was your main motivation for becoming a teacher? AM: The biggest reason I got [...]

Tips to Encourage Reading

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Reading is great for kids. Groundbreaking advice, right? Not exactly. We know reading is great for kids (and adults too). The question has never been, “should my kid read?” No, the question is actually, “how can I get my kid to read, and love it?” Growing a passion for reading is something that takes a [...]

Back to School Party

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What an exciting time of the year this is! Just about every school is back in session, and most of the kids are actually excited to be a year older and continue to learning journey. Since you have a brand new class with new students who most likely don’t know each other, one of the [...]

Teacher Profile: Debra Ojeda

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Recess Blog: Tell us a little about yourself. Debra Ojeda:  My name is Debra and I teach a preschool class for 3-year-olds at Ivy League Learning Center in Overland Park, Kansas. I have been teaching for 15 years. I decided to go into teaching because I love children, and I love watching them learn new things. [...]

Preschool Math Games

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This week, the last remaining students on summer break will return to school. For many, this is a bitter-sweet time where they must say goodbye to fun summer experiences and unlimited free time, and say hello to old friends and new teachers. For other kids, this will be their first step into the exciting world of [...]