Beyond Drill: 3 Ways to Use IXL in Your Classroom

IXL often has a bad rap amongst students. While it is easy for teachers to use and assign, misuse of the program and an overemphasis on drill will cause burnout…

✨ 2022-2023 Technology Ambassadors ✨

Welcome back to school! We’re excited to be back and learn with everyone this year. If you’re wondering who to contact for ideas, tips, or tricks in instruction this year,…

Focused and Targeted Instruction Using NWEA Scores with Khan Academy Math

NWEA MAP data is powerful and can be put to great use to accelerate student learning and Khan Academy offers personalized math practice using NWEA scores.

Ready-to-Use Activities to Teach About Labor Day

Think of your favorite ice cream flavor. Can you guess how many workers it takes to produce that delicious cone of mint chocolate chip? 🍦We celebrate these (and all!) workers…

Spotlight on Strategies: High Impact Teaching Strategies to Support All Learners

Finding new and creative ways to engage students can be challenging. We know that it is best practice to use multimedia content in the classroom, which helps the teacher engage…

Top 5 Accessibility Tips for the iPad

What I truly love about Apple and the iPad is their dedication to accessibility. (You can learn more, here). Below I present to you my top 5 iPad accessibility tips…

Canvas Accessibility 101

Homepage You should be meeting the following requirements to ensure your homepage is accessible. Translated Text Fonts that are readable (avoid cursive or anything that looks cursive) Visual icons Below…

Become a Smekens Pro with these Digital Resources

Do you recognize this binder? If you have never seen this be sure to reach out to Tara White and she can help get you the resource. Turn to the…

Goodbye 2021-2022

We wanted to take a moment to thank all Elkhart community members – staff and students alike – for a great 2022. We faced significant challenges and the way our…

Scratch Art Activities on Seesaw

As a kid, I felt so satisfied when holding the small wooden scraper tool to scratch away the layer of black ink, revealing all the hidden rainbow colors on a…

Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month

My husband is a reader, but not the kind of reader that reads novels. He’s the type that you can’t bring to a museum because he will read every word…

Dear Instructional Coaches: Teaching Staff Woes

Tip #1: Be mindful of your own window of tolerance.  When you are within your window of tolerance, you feel like you are able to deal with whatever is coming…