A Back-to-School Mindset: 4 Easy Tips for Educators

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It’s hard to believe, but the end of summer break approaches. The question is–do you view the prospect with delight or dread?

If you’re like most educators, the answer probably lies somewhere in between both extremes. But even the best back-to-school plan can use a few practical tips.

So, to help you get back in the game, here are 4 ways to boost your back-to-school mindset and keep your head in the game before the new school year even begins. Read more »


How Do You Say Your Name? Thoughts on Student Identity

My Name My Identity, Imagine Learning blog, name pronunciation, classroom, teachers, educatorsA new boy shows up at school. As he walks through the classroom door, the teacher welcomes him by saying, “Tell us your name.”

The boy, who has just moved to America from the Philippines, announces his name as Banoy Pamatmat. Whereupon the teacher asks, “Could you repeat that?”

Welcome to an increasingly common scenario in today’s schools.

As more immigrants relocate to America, educators encounter a wider array of new names and faces. And many of those names are challenging to pronounce. Read more »


Hang Tight, Teachers–Summer’s Almost Here

Empty classroom, Imagine This blog, summer reading, celebrate end of school, accomplishments, personalized videoIt’s almost time for school to end for the year. And–if you’re like most educators–you’re counting the days until summer vacation.

But before you get there, why not take a little time to celebrate the great accomplishments of your class?

Imagine Learning can help make the end-of-year transition less hectic and a lot more fun.

Video fun

Your students have done a lot of learning this year, thanks to you. Sounds like a great excuse to make a personalized video! Read more »


Imagine Learning That’s Fun: Week of the Young Child 2016

Imagine Learning Week of the Young Child blog with mother and daughter photo cooking a meal togetherEvery year, the National Association for Education of the Young Child (NAEYC) celebrates early learners, parents, and teachers through a week-long celebration called the Week of the Young Child.

This year’s celebration will be April 11–15, 2016, and all children throughout the country are invited to celebrate!

In keeping with tradition, every day during WOYC has a special theme:

  • Music Monday – encourages children to enjoy songs, dances, rhythms, and movement at home and at school.
  • Taco Tuesday – inspires kids and family members to prepare and eat healthy foods and stay physically fit. This day is really about more than just tacos!
  • Work Together Wednesday – gives children an opportunity to work together to build something fun–from any material, indoors or out.
  • Artsy Thursday – allows kids to use their own creativity and imaginations as they create an art project.
  • Family Friday – brings families together and invites kids to show and tell their family stories.

Teachers, students, and parents can use their ingenuity to come up with projects and activities for all ages to enjoy. This is a great time to involve even the youngest children in your family or your class! Read more »


Empowering Autistic Students: 7 Strategies for Teachers

Imagine This blog autism spectrum disorder empowering strategies teachersEach year during World Autism Awareness Day (April 2nd), advocates–and even corporate buildings–wear blue as they pledge to shine a light on autism. Those with available means also donate monetarily.

To say that autism is an important cause would be an understatement.

Today, more than 3.5 million Americans exhibit some type of autistic disorder. In fact, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that autism impacts one in sixty-eight births.

Based on these statistics, it’s a given that Pre-K and elementary school teachers will encounter students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in their classrooms.

That said, children exhibiting signs of ASD may go undiagnosed, resulting in confusion for both teacher and student.

Even if teachers know a student has ASD, they may not know the best learning and behavioral strategies for that student. In short, teachers need empowerment strategies–both for themselves and for their ASD students. Read more »