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How to Utilize Demonstrations in the Classroom Published by mcSquares With increasing distractions in schools, keeping students engaged in the classroom is harder now than ever. Distractions Though banning cell phones, closing windows, taking away recess, and prohibiting note passing may help in specific instances, these will not solve the problem of lesson distraction. Educators need to address a major cause of classroom distractions- dull and boring lessons! Your classroom needs to be engaging enough that students will not constantly be turning to their phones for entertainment fillers. In this blog post series, we are going to focus on some...

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Three Ways to Make Classroom Lessons Memorable for Life Published by mcSquares What classroom activities do you remember from school? I can remember very few lessons from my childhood schooling. If you were like me, you were an engaged student, always paid attention, and yet, there are very few activities and lessons that have stuck over the years. Those important key concepts that I do remember, however, have stuck with me because they were taught in a way that challenged, engaged, and allowed me to make real-life connections. Memorable connections are what truly enabled me to retain the concept for...

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How to Utilize Gamification in the Classroom Published by mcSquares With increasing distractions in schools, keeping students engaged in the classroom is harder now than ever. Distractions Though banning cell phones, closing windows, taking away recess, and prohibiting note passing may help in specific instances, these will not solve the problem of lesson distraction. Educators need to address a major cause of classroom distractions- dull and boring lessons! Your classroom needs to be engaging enough that students will not constantly be turning to their phones for entertainment fillers. In this blog post series, we are going to focus on some...

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The Power of the Student Voice Published by: mcSquares Students are our Customers. Just like a company has to hear from its consumers, so do teachers. Far too often, many of our students feel discouraged to share their thoughts in the classroom. As educators, there are a variety of techniques to change underlying feelings of doubt that often come with student participation in a classroom setting. It is critical to create a sense of community and a safe space for engagement in your classroom, and thankfully there are a variety of techniques to make this happen. In this post, we...

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Planning your visit to the Media Center Published by mcSquares Over the past few years we’ve seen school libraries transform from rows of books into maker hubs built from technology. No wonder most schools now call them media centers. Class excursions to the media center are a great way to get students working independent of their teacher while also building valuable skills like research techniques and critical thinking. However, valuable media center time can be squandered if not properly planned out. At mcSquares, we love our media center and maker space customers. This is why we’ve asked some of our...

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