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Resources for Students, Parents and Teachers from the University of Illinois Extension
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BJ Pinchbeck's Homework Helper

BJ Pinchbeck's Homework Helper | Homework Helpers | Scoop.it

BJ Pinchbeck's Homework Helper was established in April 1996 when BJ was 9 years old. The site is totally redesigned and offers links to many quality education sites for English, Math, Science, Art/Music, etc.

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8 Ways to Encourage Family Engagement in Secondary Schools

8 Ways to Encourage Family Engagement in Secondary Schools | Homework Helpers | Scoop.it
We cannot have a serious talk about student achievement without having a serious talk about engaging our students' families. But this talk needs to go beyond the movie night or spring carnival. It must be about creating an environment where all families feel embraced by a school's culture, not just invited to attend its events.
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Memorial Day History

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The history of Memorial Day
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The Myth of Teachers Having Summers Off

The Myth of Teachers Having Summers Off | Homework Helpers | Scoop.it
So you're a teacher, huh?" says the umpteenth Joe Know-It-All. It's late spring, and I know the tone, and I know what's coming. "Must be nice having summers off," he sneers.

I don't know what mythical job this guy thinks I have, but I've never had a summer off.
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Digital Classroom Simulations Signal New Frontier in Teacher Training

Digital Classroom Simulations Signal New Frontier in Teacher Training | Homework Helpers | Scoop.it

Imagine a student-teacher in front of a classroom, trying to get control of the classroom. A student might pull out his phone or make a comment that disrupts the rest of the class. The prospective teacher will then use classroom-management techniques that she has learned in her own classes to re-engage the students in the lesson.

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Blog on math blogs

Blog on math blogs | Homework Helpers | Scoop.it
This blog from the American Mathematical Society (AMS) will bring joy to math aficionados the world over. Recent posts have covered such topics as "How to Celebrate Square Root Day," "All the P-values Fit to Print," and "Algebra: It's More Than Just Parabolas."
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Today's Document from the National Archives

Today's Document from the National Archives | Homework Helpers | Scoop.it
Document for Today, April 19th:
Deposition of Captain John Parker Concerning the Battle at Lexington, 04/25/1775
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5 Myths Working Against Character Education in Our Schools

5 Myths Working Against Character Education in Our Schools | Homework Helpers | Scoop.it

Social and emotional learning (SEL) and character education make a lot of common sense. We know that students have to be prepared for college, career, and life success. We also know that families and communities are not reliably providing the kinds of experiences that all students need.

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Inside the world’s best kindergarten

Inside the world’s best kindergarten | Homework Helpers | Scoop.it

At Fuji Kindergarten outside Tokyo, kids make the most of a magical environment designed just for them. The roof of their oval-shaped school, designed by Tokyo-based firm Tezuka Architects, is an endless playground, and trees grow right through classrooms.

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Questions Before Answers: What Drives a Great Lesson?

Questions Before Answers: What Drives a Great Lesson? | Homework Helpers | Scoop.it
Questions Before Answers: What Drives a Great Lesson?
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Arbor Day Resources 2016

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Arbor Day is celebrated in Illinois on April 29, 2016. Across the United States Arbor Day is mostly a spring event, but some states celebrate Arbor Day in other months. The first Arbor Day took place on April 10, 1872 in Nebraska. It was started by Julius Sterling Morton. His son, Joy Morton founded the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois. The following are some Arbor Day related web sites that celebrate the beauty and value of trees.
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Principal: What happened when my school ended useless homework

Principal: What happened when my school ended useless homework | Homework Helpers | Scoop.it
Anyone who closely follows the debate about the value of homework at different grades knows about a famous meta-analysis of previous research on the subject, published in 2006 by researcher Harris Cooper and colleagues, which found that homework in elementary school does not contribute to academic achievement.
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Developing Teachers' Social and Emotional Skills

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Emotions are at the heart of what teachers do and why they do it. Educators come to teaching with dreams of changing the odds for disadvantaged children, inspiring a love for learning, or developing critical thinkers

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How Can High-Poverty Schools Engage Families and the Community?

Families living in poverty often work multiple jobs, may have limited English language skills, and in some cases may have had few positive experiences with their children's teachers or schools. These factors frequently work against a school's attempts to form relationships with families living in poverty and authentically engage them in their children's education.

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Dictionary and Thesaurus | Merriam-Webster

Dictionary and Thesaurus | Merriam-Webster | Homework Helpers | Scoop.it
The most trustworthy dictionary and thesaurus of American English, word games, trending words, Word of the Day, Words at Play blog, SCRABBLE, Spanish-English, and medical dictionaries, and audio pronunciations.
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Bring Science Home

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As the old saying (almost) goes, science starts in the home. Try our fun science activities, which parents and their kids ages 6-12 can do together with household items in just a half hour or less. Teachers might like to incorporate them, too.
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Election 2016 | Scholastic News

Election 2016 | Scholastic News | Homework Helpers | Scoop.it
Get the latest election news, meet the candidates, and learn about the democratic process with this exciting, educational site for grades 1–6.
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This Day in Geographic History: Oklahoma City Bombing

This Day in Geographic History: Oklahoma City Bombing | Homework Helpers | Scoop.it
On April 19, 1995, Timothy McVeigh detonated a bomb at a federal building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, killing nearly 170 in the worst incident of domestic terrorism in American history.
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Today in History: April 19, 2016

Today in History: April 19, 2016 | Homework Helpers | Scoop.it
Today is Tuesday, April 19, the 110th day of 2016. There are 256 days left in the year.
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Classics For Kids

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Learn about some of world's greatest classical composers and listen to amazing music! This site also includes information about the history of music, games, and materials for caregivers and educators, and lots of multimedia content.
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Abraham Lincoln Research Site

Abraham Lincoln Research Site | Homework Helpers | Scoop.it
This website includes a biography, photographs, and lots of introductory information about Abraham Lincoln including my e-mail address to answer questions about his life.
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Year-Round Resources for Autism

Year-Round Resources for Autism | Homework Helpers | Scoop.it

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) leads to developmental challenges that affect social, behavioral, and communication skills. The latest statistics say that about one in 45 children are affected by some form of ASD.

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Seven Famous People Who Missed the Titanic

Seven Famous People Who Missed the Titanic | Homework Helpers | Scoop.it
The notables who planned to sail on the fateful voyage included a world-famous novelist, a radio pioneer and America’s biggest tycoons
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Earth Day: Lesson Plans, Reading Lists, and Classroom Ideas

Earth Day: Lesson Plans, Reading Lists, and Classroom Ideas | Homework Helpers | Scoop.it
Earth Day is right around the corner, and this year, the theme is "Trees for the Earth." Are you planning on incorporating the annual event in your classroom?
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Lesson Plan: Leaf it to me

Lesson Plan: Leaf it to me | Homework Helpers | Scoop.it
This is one activity that is part of a larger unit on the Hydrologic Cycle. Students place a bag around a living tree limb or bush, making sure it is sealed. The bag is left there for at least 2 hours. Water will have collected in a corner of the bag. Students explore transpiration by capturing water that plants release through their leaves.
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