How to Help Children Experience Nature and Growing Plants Outdoors without a Garden

You might worry that you’re depriving your children of important experiences if you’re unable to have a garden … or just aren’t interested in gardening. While having a garden can give children wonderful experiences, there are other ways to help children have many great gardening experiences and a love of nature.

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You can do a lot to prevent nature-deficit disorder and give many experiences in nature almost anywhere. (This post is a combination of Throwback Thursday and 2016 … how my family has experienced gardening and nature without ever having a garden.)

My family has often lived in places where we couldn’t have a garden. We didn’t live in an apartment, but

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The Magic of Reading — That Odd Mom

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The Homeschool Mom, Social Media Addict, and Occasional Nut Job behind thatoddmom.com | Marketing Enthusiast #NoKidHungry Supporter | Find me at @thatoddmom

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Approaching the New Year With a No Grades Classroom – Work in Progress

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Screen Shot 2016-08-17 at 5.01.32 PM.pngScreen Shot 2016-08-17 at 5.01.32 PM.pngYou’ve done the research. You may have even tried it out in one of your classes for a unit or more. You’ve reflected and realized that it isn’t just shifting practice, it’s a whole philosophical shift that you’re ready to make because you know it will benefit kids.

Now it’s time to start a new year fresh without grades or at least some version of a standards based classroom that strays from traditional beliefs about how grades communicate learning and

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Do You Want to Hack Homework This Year? – Work in Progress

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HackingHomework.jpg-jpgHackingHomework.jpg-jpgThe way we handle homework has a lot to do with our philosophy of learning. And although it may be impossible to get rid of homework all of the time for all grades, the way we approach it can definitely be adjusted.

Connie Hamilton and I recently put a lot of thought into how we can start changing homework for all students K-12 and help teachers make learning more meaningful within the school day. Considering the challenges most families experience with over-planning after school activities

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Vicki Davis on Twitter: "3 Ways Classroom Design Impacts Student Learning https://t.co/3DRIdDSxh0 https://t.co/h1gxDh9xv8"

3 Ways Classroom Design Impacts Student Learning

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Named as the #4 Influencer in Education Technology on Onalytica’s list of education influencers.

Hello! I’m Vicki Davis, a classroom teacher with 14 years of experience teaching high school. I have 18 years of experience teaching teachers how to use technology in the classroom.

I started this blog in 2005 so I could teach my students how to blog too. I’ve been podcasting since 2013 with the Every Classroom Matters show, on BAM Radio.

I won ISTE’s online learning award in 2006 for my first global collaborative project, the Flat Classroom Project, and have led more than 20 global projects for students since then. In 2014, I won the BAMMY Award for Best Talk Show Host in Education.

I’ve written two technology guidebooks for teachers: Reinventing Writing

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12 tips for using Google Apps with young students | Ditch That Textbook

Google Apps is only for older students? Not so, according to kindergarten teacher Christine Pinto! She offers Google tips for littles. (Public domain image via Pixabay.com)

Google Apps is only for older students? Not so, according to kindergarten teacher Christine Pinto! She offers Google tips for littles. (Public domain image via Pixabay.com)

There’s a common misconception with students and Google Apps: sometimes, they’re just too young to use them yet.

Not so, says Christine Pinto.

She teaches kindergarteners and previously taught four-year-olds in a transitional class. Regardless of their age, her students use Google Apps. No, more specifically, her students thrive with Google Apps.

They create. They take pictures. They read and write.

And they even log in by themselves.

“I wanted my kids

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Back to School: Preparing For the First Day

50 million k-12 students across the U.S. getting ready to head back to the classroom, it’s all too easy to let that first day back to school feel a little hectic or thrown together.

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To make the most of the upcoming school year, though, it’s best for teachers, parents, and students to plan ahead. Taking the time to plan for the first day of school means fewer headaches for teachers, fewer morning battles with sleepy students for parents, and a positive attitude for students who are ready and

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