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Teaching About Hurricane Season

June 1 to November 30 is hurricane season. With the following lessons, activities, and multimedia resources, learn how hurricanes form, how hurricanes are tracked, and how hurricane size and intensity are affected by global warming.

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Back-to-School Guide from NEA

Students may still be enjoying their summer vacations, but for educators, the beginning of the school year is just around the corner. Check out this list of articles and resources compiled by NEA to help you—whether new or veteran—get ready for the year ahead.

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Three Tips for a Welcoming Classroom
Is making connections with students on your daily to do list? The most powerful thing we do each day in the classroom is not on a checklist, and it can’t be measured or analyzed. Check out these tips on creating a safe learning environment.

Classroom Setups
Mastering the art of arrangement can make all the difference in your classroom. Read more

National Arts in Education Week Is Sept. 8-14

On July 26, 2010, the U. S. House of Representatives passed a resolution designating the second week of September as Arts in Education Week to promote and showcase the immense role arts education has in producing engaged, successful, and college- and career-ready students. The resolution states:

Arts education, comprising a rich array of disciplines including dance, music, theatre, media arts, literature, design, and visual arts, is a core academic subject and an essential element of a complete and balanced education for all students.

Arts Education Partnership has created a hub site for sharing information about National Arts in Education Week – links to partner sites who are planning activities and finding out about arts education policy and practice in states and communities. To learn more, visit Arts Education Partnership.

To help you celebrate the arts in your classroom this week and throughout the year, we offer the following resources: Read more

How to Evaluate Tech Tools You’ve Never Used in Less Than Seven Minutes

When colleagues or workshop presenters recommend an app or other tech tool that’s worked well for them—how do you know whether it will meet the needs of your students?

Teachers don’t have hours to spend evaluating each new product that could be useful for students, so technology teacher Jacqui Murray offers a quick, two-step process for assessing tools to find the ones that are the best fit.

Read about her process here.

10 Must-See TED Talks for Educators

TED Talks are a source of inspiration, knowledge, and motivation for countless educators. Dig deeper to find more, but here are ten presentations teachers may find to be the most useful and informative.

Reimagining Classrooms: Teachers as Learners and Students as Leaders

North Dakota teacher Kayla Delzer seeks to change how technology is viewed in the classroom. Instead of a force for distraction, she believes students and teachers can learn more by utilizing common apps and technology in the classroom. (For more on Delzer, check out “Farewell Desks, Here Come the Starbucks Classrooms”)
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Watching the Summer Night Sky

Brush up your stargazing skills and enjoy humankind’s first TV, the night sky. Whether you’re working with young people or spending time with your own children or grandchildren this summer, these lessons, activities, and resources will help you locate and identify celestial objects with equipment as basic as your own eyes.

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Summer Reads for Every Age

good bookAre you or a child in your life looking for some new reading material this summer? Here are a few lists of great summer books to check out.



7 Techniques for Managing End-of-Year Stress

Although many people think the weeks leading up to summer break are a breeze for educators, it is, in fact, one of the most stressful times of the year.

“There’s an incredible amount of paperwork for teachers to do, and students often take advantage of that,” says educational consultant Angela Watson, who worked as a classroom teacher for 11 years. Getting it all done while maintaining control of the classroom can be a challenge—but it’s not impossible.

NEA Member Benefits has gathered 7 stress-relieving tips to help you greet summer vacation with your sanity intact.
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Memorial Day Lesson Ideas

Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day, a day to honor American Civil War dead. Following World War I, Memorial Day became a day to honor soldiers killed in all wars. Honor the nation’s fallen military men and women with the following lessons and activities.

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10 Free Things for Mother’s Day

1. Acrostic Mother’s Day Poems
Students in grades 1-2 write acrostic poems for Mother’s Day.

2. Pop Up Mother’s Day Card

Step-by-step instructions for making a pop up flower card. (K-5)

3. Mother’s Day

(K-12) Brief videos on the history of Mother’s Day around the world.

4. MFA Tour: Motherhood

(K-12) A collection of 64 images and descriptions from the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. Read more