#WheresBooster Now? On Instagram, Of Course

It’s easy to recognize Imagine Learning’s most famous robot, Booster. He smiles and waves each time an Imagine Learning user logs on. And of course, he loves to give out lots of Booster Bits to his friends!

Booster robot, Imagine Learning

Although Booster is usually content to spend time in Imagine Learning activities, for Valentine’s Day he wants to travel to as many places as he can. And you can help him by following the instructions on this page.

 

Enter Imagine Learning’s #WheresBooster Contest

In past blog posts, we taught you how to draw Booster and use Booster’s Valentine Creator to send a fun greeting to friends and family.

But this Valentine’s Day, we’re trying something a little bit different with our first #WheresBooster contest on Instagram, open to both students and teachers. Read more »

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Beyond the Thankful Turkey: 10 Ways to Teach Gratitude All Year

Gratitude Turkey craft (box)Remember the last time you made a turkey out of a cardboard box, pasted colorful construction-paper feathers on the back, and filled the interior with slips of paper filled with grateful thoughts?

Maybe this was a school tradition when you were a kid. Or maybe it was just last week, in your own classroom.

Of course, you probably don’t need a cardboard turkey to teach students about gratitude. After all, Thanksgiving is just one day in 365—and gratitude is a great year-round gift for any class.

As to the benefits of gratitude in the classroom, consider this: anecdotal data suggest that students who practice gratitude are generally more engaged with, motivated by, and connected to learning in general.

Grateful students also feel more connected to their teacher and fellow classmates.

It’s also true that gratitude is a great gift to any overworked teacher. The more grateful your class, the happier everyone will feel, including you.

So if you want your students to show more thanks for what they have, take a look at the list below. Read more »

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Classroom Funding Follow-up: Promoting Your Project

Donating hands for fundraiserIn our previous blog post, we talked about how teachers can fund larger classroom projects through sites like Donors Choose. Perhaps by now, you’ve already created a project listing. That’s great!

But after you finish your listing, you’re only halfway done. Remember, your chances of being funded increase exponentially with each personal contact you make and every e-mail you send.

So, to expedite the funding process, you need a good promotion plan. Read more »

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3 Top Social Media Choices for Elementary School Educators

Part III: Facebook

If you’ve followed our blog lately, you know that we’ve covered the basics of both Instagram and Twitter in previous posts. Why did we leave Facebook for last? The simple reason is that we wanted to end with something familiar to most readers.

Is Facebook right for your elementary classroom?Chances are, you already use a personal Facebook account. If not, it’s easy to create one. But more on that later.

Although Instagram and Twitter are popular choices for educators, Facebook still has some traction in the educational world. Of course, some teachers still think Facebook is best for personal use only. Regardless of your view, you should still understand Facebook’s reach and follow good digital citizenship whenever you post. Read more »

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