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Our Summer Math Splash Winners!

When school begins each Fall, it's anyone's guess as to how well students will remember what they learned the previous year. Research shows that students can lose an average of 2.6 months of math skills during the summer. What's more, the average teacher can spend four to six weeks just re-teaching material that students learned previously. Fortunately, those skills don't have to slide. By dedicating just a little time and mental muscle each day, students can strengthen key skills--including those critical math skills--for greater success once school begins again. Enter the Summer Math Splash Challenge
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How to Reduce Math Anxiety

The alarm sounds, telling you it's time to get up and greet the day, but as you slowly wake from your slumber and wipe the sleep from your eyes, a familiar feeling of dread rushes through you in an overwhelming wave. It's test day--and even though you've studied for hours and scored fairly well on practice exams and homework assignments, doubts assail you and make you question whether or not you're really ready for algebra. Math Anxiety is defined as “the panic, helplessness, paralysis, and mental disorganization that arises among some people when they are required to solve a mathematical problem." A common phenomenon that affects many, math anxiety is related to performance anxiety and is likely to extend far outside of the classroom if not recognized and proactively managed.
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Imagine Blue Backpacks for Utah Foster Kids

Every year across the nation, close to half a million foster children go back to school. Unfortunately, too many of these children have just entered the foster care system with nothing but a few articles of clothing and personal items stuffed into a garbage bag. And school supplies aren't likely to be among those belongings. Imagine Learning Steps Up
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Mistakes Are Okay! 10 Inspirational Quotes on Mistakes

You may have heard the term "growth mindset" quite a bit lately. The true power of establishing a growth mindset revolves around the idea that an individual's abilities and intelligence can be developed through hard work, dedication, and the right kind of mentoring. This idea contrasts the traditional "fixed mindset" approach to learning, which says intelligence is static and we are pretty much born with what we have, for better or worse. A fixed mindset can be toxic in the classroom, especially in a subject like mathematics. Students can quickly become frustrated or discouraged if they make mistakes, which can lead to a loss of confidence and motivation. Teachers who embrace a growth mindset will often find students coming out of their comfort zones and achieving more than they ever thought possible.
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A Back-to-School Mindset: 4 Easy Tips for Educators

Photo source: Pixabay   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.
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