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Teacher Do’s and Don’ts for the First Day of School

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The first day of school is all about making great first impressions. This is your chance to establish students’ expectations of your teaching style and your expectations for student behavior. With over 50 years of experience in the student travel industry, we’ve learned a thing or two about first impressions, and we wanted to share our Do’s and Don’ts for making great ones.

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Top 5 Pinterest Boards for Decorating Your Classroom

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It's that time of year! Back to school season is quickly approaching, and teachers everywhere have classroom planning on their minds. Make it a little easier for yourself by checking out our favorite pinterest boards for classroom decorating, organization and management. 

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8 Activities to Prepare Students for Their 8th Grade D.C. Trip

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To make the most of any student tour, pre-trip preparation is key. To help you get your students ready for their Washington, D.C. student tour we put together eight educational activities.

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What Is an Interactive Student Notebook? Resources for Beginners

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Given the nature of student travel, it should come as no surprise that we’re all for hands-on learning. We love interactive student notebooks (ISNs) because they encourage an active approach both in and out of the classroom, and we wanted to share the best resources on the subject.

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50 Creative School Fundraising Ideas

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School fundraising events can be as fun and educational as they are lucrative. We put together our favorite school fundraising ideas in a variety of categories. Which one's right for your group?

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Educator's Guide to Bringing Sketchnotes Into the Classroom

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As educators recognize the importance of student learning styles and the differences between linear and non-linear thinking, a “sketchnote revolution” is emerging. Gone are the days of teachers scolding students for drawing in the back of the classroom — now experts know that doodlers gain a 29 percent increase in information retention.

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Know Before You Go: Worksheets for Your 8th Grade DC Trip

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You want to make sure your students get the most out of their Washington, D.C. student tour, and there’s no better way to do this than to provide them with essential information on the iconic sights they will visit. Before they head out, arm them with knowledge and get them excited with these worksheets, factsheets and quizzes on subjects such as the Smithsonian Institution, the presidents and the main governmental attractions.  

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How Well Does 'Selma' Teach Civil Rights?

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The emotions of the civil rights struggle are impossible to capture, but imagine this: A 54-year-old African American woman, Annie Lee Cooper, clubbed by a local sheriff as she waits outside a courthouse, registering to vote. Now imagine Ms. Cooper portrayed by Oprah Winfrey.

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[Quiz] How Well Do You Know Lincoln?

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On April 15th, 1865, actor John Wilkes Booth assassinated Abraham Lincoln while the president attended the play Our American Cousin. 150 years later, Lincoln's former home of Springfield, IL commemorates the beloved president with a series of events throughout April and early May. 

To honor the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's passing, we created a quiz that challenges history aficianados on their knowledge of the 16th president. If you think you're an expert, see if you can answer these questions about lesser-known Lincoln facts. Teachers, after taking the quiz yourself, challenge students to take it alongside in-depth lessons on Lincoln. 

 

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Teach Magna Carta's 800 Year Legacy with Our Timeline

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One of the four surviving originals of Magna Carta is located in the cathedral town of Lincoln, England. Home to a medieval village, a castle and one of England’s most impressive cathedrals, Lincoln comes alive this year as it celebrates Magna Carta’s 800th anniversary.

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