Bring on the Smiles at “Shoes for School”

helicopter, Franklin Elementary, Shoes for School 2016

Kids tour helicopter at Franklin Elementary (Provo, UT)

It’s a common scenario each year: teachers use money from their own wallets to purchase school supplies for their classroom.

Of course, even when school budgets cover the purchase of school supplies, too many families still can’t afford to buy new school clothing, shoes, backpacks, and school supplies for their children.

Enter the annual “Shoes for School” campaign.

What Is “Shoes for School”?

Each year in America, too many underprivileged kids will return to school without even the most basic of school supplies. Read more »

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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 »

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Memorize Your Times Tables, Dear

Imagine Learning, math facts, Big Brainz, multiplication, times tables, solve problem, students, teachers, times tablesSix in every ten Americans report having difficulty solving some type of math, and 30 percent of Americans say they would rather clean the bathroom than solve a math problem.

Yet 93 percent of Americans say that developing good math skills is crucial to having a successful life.

So why would anyone dislike something that brings success?

Most Americans develop their attitudes about math from others. For example, if parents don’t enjoy math, they may pass that attitude forward to children.

Perhaps parents or teachers nag too much. “Memorize your times tables!” they might say, “Work harder!”

Or, perhaps nagging isn’t to blame. Maybe students feel inadequate during math class because they’re just missing out on some key fundamentals.

Whatever the reasons, no one can really deny the importance of mathematics. Math is important in everyday life! Read more »

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Skip the Apples–Here’s What Teachers Really Want

Teacher appreciation, Imagine This, Imagine Learning blog, plastic letters, thank you giftsIt’s that time of year when eager young students come to class with teacher gifts in hand. Those gifts might be anything from a fruit basket to a plate of brownies to a homemade card.

Do teachers appreciate these gifts? Of course. But do they use them? Not always.

The truth is, most teachers are just happy to be recognized for what they do. Still, it’s hard to be completely thrilled by another “World’s Greatest Teacher” mug. Or by anything that remotely resembles an apple.

Top-rated teacher gifts can be simple

Parents should be credited for wanting to show appreciation to their child’s teacher. But instead of another scented candle, bottle of lotion, or expensive art piece, why not choose: Read more »

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How To Make Multiplication Tables Fun

Learning multiplication tables can be a challenge for children who struggle to grasp these concepts quickly. Luckily, kids are more likely to pick up math-fact skills by playing games that test their knowledge rather than by simply doing math homework.

Here are 5 fun ways to help kids memorize times tables:

 

Play Bottle Cap Multiplication

bottle cap multiplication game

  1. Write the times table equation on the top of a bottle cap and write the answer on the inside of the cap.
  2. Once the child answers the question correctly he or she can turn the bottle cap over.
  3. Time your child and see how quickly they can flip all the caps over! (Alternately, see how many caps they can flip over within an allotted time).

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