A New Twitter Hash Tag #CalmYourSpirit to Support New Writing Project by Denise Ball

Hello Everyone,

In support of a new book I am writing, I have created a new Twitter hash tag #CalmYourSpirit
I have used this saying for years, as many of you know, with family, friends, students and peers. My definition of this statement is: “When that “out of control” or lost feeling begins to creep up, take a moment to pause, take a deep breath and calm your spirit! This allows one, regardless of age to regain focus and purpose for the task at hand.”

Please join the conversation on Twitter @dballwriter

Blessings to all,

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Author Websites with Games and Activities… Think Eragon, Reading Rainbow and The Ranger’s Apprentice

Some great author websites with games and activities for all ages this summer!

Oceanhouse Media Great educational book apps and so much more. Check out often for FREE downloads to help your child learn letters, phonics & math!


Christopher Paolini’s “Eragon” Series Games and Activities for Tweens and Teens…Great Teacher Resource Too


John Flannagan’s “Ranger’s Apprentice” Series Games and Activities for Tweens and Teens…Great Teacher Resource Too (one of my favorite series)


The 39 Clues Website A fun clue hunt!


The Mysterious Benedict Society Top Secret Adventures, Passwords and Amazing FUN!


Remember Reading Rainbow…check out this great reading resource for FREE!

Think classroom IPad or whiteboard resource


May we continue ot seek knowledge in all things~


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A Huge Thank You for Helping Unlock the Teacher Blog Reach 50,000 Plus Post Reads

A very special thank you to all of our faithful supporters who have encouraged us and helped this blog surpass 50,000 posts read since 2012.

Since I took a position as an elementary principal, our posts have been random as I acclimated to the new role. However, I am working on a new academic eBook book for summer publishing, and the Unlock the Teacher team is currently sending out proposals on a resource book for early childhood parents and teachers.

The goal of this blog is to share the good in education for the betterment of our future…our children.

This blog has seen parents, teachers, principals, superintendents, publishers and a few Department of Education and government leaders comment and support its efforts. Thank you for your support.

Here is to another great year…cheers!

May we continue to seek knowledge in all things~


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Recommended Learning Sites and Apps for Parent/Teacher re: Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Surface

Sharing the Good in Education and Learning this Tuesday…


 E-book showing ways to incorporate Microsoft in classrooms


Top apps-parent and teacher friendly!


 May we continue to seek knowledge in all things~


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5 Best Bucketlist Adventure Companies in the US


Carpe Diem!

Originally posted on Bucket List Publications:

Trek Alaska, Iceberg Lake

You don’t have to fly to the other side of the world for an epic bucket list experience; there are plenty of unbelievable opportunities right here in the United States. From wilderness trekking to flying a jetpack, I’ve come up with a list of the 5 best bucket list adventures in the US. Most I’ve tried while the others are still extremely high on my list, these experiences will get your adrenaline pumping and keep you coming back for more.

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Think Grammar Review this Summer

Summer time is a wonderful time to seize the moment to make learning fun!

Recommended Grammar Websites

These websites cover basic information about parts of speech, word usage, sentence structure, and writing mechanics. They include online lessons and tutorials that you can take at your own pace, as well as quizzes and assessments you can use to determine when you have mastered the material.

Grammar-Monster.com   http://www.grammar-monster.com/

  • Lessons
  • Practice Exercises
  • Quizzes

Sophia.org tutorials          http://www.sophia.org/search?utf8=%E2%9C%93&q=grammar&qs=1

  • Tutorials
  • Assessments

Grammar Blast                  http://www.eduplace.com/kids/hme/k_5/grammar/

  • Answer grammar questions to unlock games

 These great sites have been recommended by :

Kathy Saporito

St. Regis Educare




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Summer Resources for Learning


Summertime is not a time to halt learning but a time to look at learning through a new and creative lens. learning occurs all around us in and out of the house, in grandma’s back yard, while on a long road trip etc.

Children will rise to whatever learning expectation you set for them.

Have some fun and check out some of the ideas below. If you have a great summer learning activity for children, we would love to hear about it and share it here at Unlock the Teacher!

Summer Learning Day-June 20th


Summer Learning Day Activities


National Parks Lesson Plans and Teacher Resources

Click Here to Access Free Curriculum Materials

Click Here to Request Free Curriculum Kit

Education Closet


Great Science App for Children who LOVE Science

Chemist is one of the only virtual chemistry labs for tablets that enables users to conduct chemistry investigations and explore chemistry reactions with different lab tools. Students can try mixing chemicals by pouring them into beakers or test tubes. They can heat the chemicals with a Bunsen burner or put a piece of cesium into water. The 3-D stage enables the parallax effect from different angles. Chemist has a built-in database with more than 200 chemical reagents, and additional reagents will be offered periodically through the online CloudLab database for testing more chemical reactions. Developed by Thix, the app is available for iPad and Android tablets. Cost: $4.99


Paper the Web

Teens who love to sketch can sketch away using FiftyThree’s Paper, a free sketching app for the iPad. Known for its simplicity as well as its sharing functionality, the app provides built-in tools that let students share their sketches on Twitter, tumbler and Facebook as well as connect with others who sketch using the #MadeWithPaper hashtag. Students can also submit their sketches to FiftyThree’s website and see what others are creating with the app. Cost: Free


May we continue to seek knowledge in all things~




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