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Imagine Learning Wins a Glassdoor Employees' Choice Award

Imagine Learning is pleased to announce we are among the winners of the  eighth annual Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Awards, a list of the Best Places to Work in 2016. Our placement is 11 out of 50 companies in the SMB category. Unlike most other awards, there was no self-nomination process. Instead, this award came exclusively from the feedback our employees have voluntarily and anonymously shared on Glassdoor.
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The Price of Multitasking in the Classroom

Business vector designed by Freepik According to TeachThought, the average teacher makes 1,500 educational decisions per school day. That’s four decisions a minute! No wonder teachers work harder than just about any other professional. Teachers are the ultimate multitaskers. They’re not only responsible for student learning; they also act as a surrogate parent, discipliner, assessment expert, mentor, administrator, and occasional court jester. Probably all before lunch. Of course, teachers aren’t the only multitaskers. A typical teenager often listens to music while surfing online and texting a friend—all while doing homework. Younger kids also model this behavior. If you’re like other multitaskers, you brag about getting so much done. But all that multitasking comes at a price.
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Imagine Learning partners in Chile

Imagine Learning's mission is to change the lives of the children of the world by teaching language and literacy. This mission includes students in Chile, particularly at José de San Martín de San Felipe school. This school is dedicated to providing powerful learning tools to their students, and they share how they started using the program for that purpose in August of 2015. Teachers use Imagine Learning so that students can receive individualized learning opportunities to listen, speak, read, and write in English. They refer to Imagine Learning as a "very entertaining way" to learn English. Read the full post here.
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Operation Gratitude 2015

Thanksgiving may be over, but gratitude doesn’t have to be. If you’re looking for another way to give thanks, why not consider sending a care package to members of the military, both past and present? At Imagine Learning, our employees enjoy giving back. As our Thanksgiving project, we participated in Operation Gratitude, collecting healthy snacks, personal care products, stuffed animals, and other items for new recruits, current troops, veterans, and wounded warriors. Because of the generosity of our co-workers, we collected even more items this year than in 2014. Take a look at the photo on the right! Our employees also took the time to write notes of thanks to those who serve our country. We know by past experience that this personal touch doesn't go unnoticed.
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Beyond the Thankful Turkey: 10 Ways to Teach Gratitude All Year

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.
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Imagine Learning gives back to Ferguson School District

The Thanksgiving season is an excellent time to commemorate those who look outside their own blessings and strive to directly fill the needs of others. Imagine Learning employees endeavor to do just that by giving back and recognizing educators, soldiers, and others who bless the lives of those around them.
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Classroom Funding Follow-up: Promoting Your Project

In 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.
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Classroom Funding Spotlight: Donors Choose

According to the NEA, teachers annually spend almost $2,000 out of pocket for their classrooms. And most of that money goes for supplies. However, when teachers need to fund a larger project—for anything from a school fieldtrip to technology updates—they generally need outside help. And that help may seem hard to come by, especially in disadvantaged areas. Fortunately, today’s educators can turn to online crowdfunding as a strategy. And Donors Choose is one of the best crowdfunding organizations out there for teachers. Background Info Donors Choose began when a Bronx, NY high school history teacher launched a philanthropic website dedicated to teachers’ project requests. Once celebrities like Oprah Winfrey and Stephen Colbert got on board, the site really went into overdrive. The Gates Foundation also offered support. To date, Donors Choose has helped teachers fund well over half a million projects in all fifty states.
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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. 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.
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3 Top Social Media Choices for Elementary School Educators

Part II: Twitter Our previous blog post mentioned a few ways teachers use Instagram in their classrooms. After all, photo sharing is always a great way to enhance learning, which explains Instagram’s appeal. Even so, teachers may want more features. Enter Twitter. Not only can Twitter incorporate photos, it allows users to post links to articles or blogs and participate in live chats with like-minded professionals. Like Instagram, Twitter uses hashtags to funnel certain tweets into varied news feeds. Both platforms also require the @username feature. So, just what is Twitter, and why do educators use it?
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