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Inclusivity and LGBTQ+ Allyship

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Calling all LGBTQ+ allies...it's time to step up. What is happening? Firstly, there is the "Don't Say Gay" bill. Florida's House of Representatives passed a  bill   Thursday that would prohibit "classroom discussion about sexual orientation or gender identity" in the state’s primary schools. The legislation — titled the Parental Rights in Education bill but dubbed by critics the " Don’t Say Gay " bill — heads to the state's Republican-held Senate, where it is expected to pass. Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican who is running for re-election and is widely considered to be a potential 2024 presidential candidate, has previously   signaled his support   for the legislation and is expected to sign it into law. Thursday’s 69-47 vote comes after weeks of national outrage over the measure, which has grabbed the attention of international newspapers, Hollywood actors and the White House. *  And that's not all. In addition to the "Don't S

Let's Talk Calm Down Corners!

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Calm down corners are an effective way to teach children how to self-regulate their emotions. If you don't already have one in your classroom, I highly recommend. Regulating emotions is a learned skill and it is not easy. There are many adults who still struggle with this skill. This is why it is so important to start teaching it while kids are young. What does it mean for children to be able to self regulate when they are experiencing negative emotions? It means for children to be able to think first rather than react when they are feeling an unwanted emotion. This allows the child time to process the emotion. Now, it is important to note that this can be extremely difficult and is a skill that is learned throughout childhood. This cannot be taught and perfected in a day, week, month, or even year. (Who else is singing the FRIENDS theme song in their head? 😂)  But practice makes perfect. So, how do we teach this? First, it is important to ensure that the children can identify emo

How to Make a Petmoji!

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  How to Make a Petmoji! Hi everyone! A lot of you have been asking me how I made a Petmoji of my Great Dane, Hiccup for my virtual classroom. If this is something you are interested in doing, just follow the step by step instructions below! 1. Create your Petmoji.  Go to http://www.mypetmoji.com . Click 'get started' to create and personalize a Petmoji to match your dog or cat.  2. Download your Petmoji.  When you are all done creating your Petmoji, click the button that says download. When you open the picture that has downloaded, it will look like this. As you can see, there is still writing and a background on this picture. Before you insert your Petmoji into your virtual classroom, you will need to remove these things. If you have any kind of photoshop or photo editing program, that would be a great way to simply crop and use the erase tool to remove the background. If you do not have a photo editing program, see the next step! 3. Edit Background. If you are reading this s

Socially Distant Classroom: A How To

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Organizing Your Social Distant Classroom Social distancing in the classroom. There are so many things to address in regards to this topic. Today, I want to focus in on how to keep your classroom organized. During the COVID-19 pandemic, may of us are starting the year with remote teaching. However, many of us are also starting the year with in-person teaching. In any case, I am positive that eventually all of us will be going back to in-person teaching at some point, in which case we will all have to manage socially distancing in the classroom. This means staying 6 feet apart, wearing masks, cleaning frequently, washing hands, and more. Additionally,  the days of shared community supplies in the classroom are long gone.   So, how do you keep your students' materials organized, separated, and clean?? 🤷 Read on for tips and recommended supplies to help you with organization, cleanliness, and keeping school supplies separate for students. Separating Student Supplies Let's start by

Must Have Supplies for Teaching Remotely

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Essentials: Let's start with the most obvious. The first thing a teacher is going to need to teach from home is....you guessed it...A COMPUTER! Now there are so many different computers out there that it can be quite overwhelming to choose one. When choosing a computer for teaching online there are a few certain things you want to look for. You want to look for one with a high speed processor. I would recommend a processing speed of i5 or higher. This will ensure that while you are multitasking and opening ALL the tabs (which we teachers are always doing) your computer will still run at a fast pace.  Speaking of having multiple tabs open, another thing you want to look for in hen you go to purchase a new computer is RAM. The higher the RAM, the better your computer will be able to multitask. Personally, I would recommend somewhere around 8 GB. Finally, you are going to want to make sure you have a big enough screen to see the students! It is important to have quality audio and visu