8 Essential 21st Century Skills Your Students Need

The year is 1999. Cellphones are clunky, Napster has been launched, the Matrix was just released, and the euro is created.

Fast forward to now — phones and tablets are sleek and ever-changing, streaming services have changed how we consume entertainment, and an increasingly global economy has transformed how we do everything from grocery shopping to vacations. 

In the face of such rapid change, educators and activists are promoting 21st century skills to prepare students for an unknown future and jobs that have yet to be created. 

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How Mastery Learning Helps Every Student Succeed

Mastery learning ensures that every student reaches mastery in a unit before moving on — boosting achievement and building lifelong learners.

22,373 students — minimum— have participated in mastery learning studies since 1968.

The average student in a mastery learning classroom achieves the same level as the top 15% of students in a classroom not using mastery learning. 

90% of mastery learning studies have shown positive results.

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20+ Creative Bulletin Board Ideas for Back-To-School

Back to school is a busy time: creating seating charts, setting out classroom rules, welcoming new students, organizing parent-teacher conferences, and getting students adjusted to a new grade. 

One thing you shouldn’t have to worry about? Coming up with unique bulletin board ideas for the beginning of the school year and beyond. 

Colorful classroom bulletin boards are a great way to get students excited to learn new concepts, show off their work or celebrate a holiday. That’s why we’ve put together a list of ideas you can use in your classroom, plus tips for bringing your best bulletin board ideas to life!

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Fun Place Value Chart [+ Teaching Tips and 8 Activities]

We use big numbers everyday, whether we’re counting money, weighing objects or planning a trip.

A place value chart is an excellent tool for helping students make sense of large numbers. Place value is a foundational math concept, necessary for addition, subtraction, exponents, long division, fractions and almost every other math operation. 

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In-School Suspension: 6 Key Elements You Need To Consider

What’s the point of an in-school suspension?

Is it to punish students for bad behavior? Remove them from class so other students can keep working? Keep them from an out-of-school suspension?

Focusing on the narrow applications of an in-school suspension means losing sight of the positive impact this strategy can have on your school culture

Keep reading to find out how a thorough in-school suspension plan can benefit your school, 6 key elements that you’ll need to successfully create your own program, and 3 alternatives to consider using.

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Negative Exponents: 8 Things Your Students Need To Know

Many students already struggle to understand negative numbers, exponent rules and fractions. So what happens when you add negative exponents to the equation?

Total chaos.

Well, not really. But understanding negative exponents is an important building block for high school-level math courses, and it’s also a concept many students find challenging. When you gradually build on your students’ knowledge, you’ll ensure they’re ready to tackle challenging problems in and out of the classroom.

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