Today is School Librarian Day

Today is School Librarian Day!
Thank you to all the librarians who inspire a love of reading for kids everywhere.
You make a difference!
May we continue to seek knowledge in all things~



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2014 Young Scientist Challenge …A Wonderful Opportunity for Students

As we aim to Share the Good in Education, the 2014 Young Scientist Challenge is a wonderful opporuntity for students to experience the FUN that the field of science has to offer.

We highly recommend the contest and have shared Discovery Education’s post on the 2014 Young Scientest Challenge below…happy exploring!

May we continue to seek knowledge in all things~


Posted on December 19, 2013 by Discovery Education      


 “So you think you’re a problem-solver? Great! Then you have what it takes for our 2014 Young Scientist Challenge.

Here are the basics: Everyday life is full of everyday issues, and our science for middle school challenge is looking for innovative solutions from students in grades 5–8. From helmets that detect concussions to using solar energy for water purification, past contenders have dreamed up answers and ideas that change the way we live.

So what sets the Young Scientist Challenge apart from other science for middle school competitions? It has the power to change lives – including your own. Ten national Young Scientist Challenge finalists earn exclusive summer mentorships with a 3M scientist, where they can work together on special assignments and explore a career in science. This also get the chance to turn their ideas into inventions that will help others. HOW? One lucky student will even win $25,000 and a once-in-a-lifetime trip with Discovery Student Adventures.

Ready to enter? Start by checking out the video competition topic for this year’s Young Scientist Challenge.”

Visit the website below for additional information:

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Great Websites to Use in the Classroom to Make this Past Week Memorable for Kids

Discovery Education Lesson Plans on Biomes: Wild Arctic

Students will

  • learn key terms, including food web, zooplankton, and sea ice;
  • discuss Arctic plants and animals;
  • devise at least three Arctic food chains; and
  • help create a food web showing connections among Arctic life.

Click on the link below for further details and allow Discovery Education to help make the weather  many students have had an opportunity to experience more memorable. Correlations can be made to weather temps and material can be used as writing prompts for all ages.

Great Lesson Plans on Polar Bears

Units and Lesson Plans on Biodiversity, Climate Connections and exciting Tundra Webcasts.

Click below and visit this educational site chuck full of great information!

Weather Wizkids

Great weather website for all grades.

Reports coming in are stating that we have not experienced weather temperatures this low in over 20 years. What a wonderful teaching moment we have…

May we continue to seek knowledge in all things~


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Happy New Year- 2014- Must have apps for Kids and Teens!


Sharing the good…apps recommended for all ages. Great site for teachers and parents.
Denise and the Unlock the Teacher LLC Team

Originally posted on mbleile:

Happy New Year!!

So you just got a new smartphone or tablet. Now what? If you’re wondering what apps to load it with, we’ve got you covered. Whether you’ve got an iPad, iPhone, Android phone or tablet, or a Kindle Fire, we have a ton of great app suggestions to start your kids off right.

Just look up your device, and you’ll see picks arranged by age groups.

Common Sense Media has organized the MUST HAVE APPS for you and your students age 2-18!!

Click here and start exploring!!

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Let 2014 be a Year to Inspire

Happy New Year!

Today we celebrate and welcome a new year. What a wonderful opportunity today provides for us to take stock of all the lessons learned from 2013, and pause, reflect and prepare to make a difference in 2014.

Regardless of the job we report to each day, each of us has the awesome power to CHOOSE to make a difference in our own lives and the lives of those around us. We will always experience hills to climb and obstacles to work through ( mentally and physically)…this is life. However, it is amazing what can happen to a person’s own mental attitude and perspective when each day begins thinking of others. Sometimes the transition is slow and I have personally experienced an immediate change, but when we make a conscious choice to be the difference in life, our lens in which we see the world and the people in it, changes.

I encourage everyone to join the Unlock the Teacher team …pause, reflect and make a concerted effort to really be “present” each day in 2014 and really live life and maximize your potential!

For all of our educator friends, we wish you all the strength and courage needed to inspire those placed within your care each and every day…YOU make a difference!

May we continue to seek knowledge in all things-


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Words are POWERFUL…Motivational Quotes to Lift Up and Inspire this Holiday Season


Motivational Quotes to Lift Up and Inspire this Holiday Season

Words are POWERFUL…what words fill your inner conversation and what words do you use for those around you?

Are you a beacon?

“To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the Gift.”
Steve Prefontaine

“… run with patience the race that is set before us …”
Heb. 12:1-3

“Pain is temporary; Pride lasts forever.”~ Unknown

“Respect the distance or the distance won’t respect you! It will eat you up, spit you out and make you beg for mercy” – Unknown

“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”
T.S. Eliot

“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.” – Calvin Coolidge

“Your toughness is made up of equal parts persistence and experience. You don’t so much outrun your opponents as outlast and outsmart them, and the toughest opponent of all is the one inside your head.” – Joe Henderson

“It’s at the borders of pain and suffering that the men are separated from the boys.” – Emil Zatopek

Now bid me run, and I will strive with things impossible.” – Shakespeare, Julius Caesar

“We are different, in essence, from other men. If you want to win something, run 100 meters. If you want to experience something, run a marathon.” – Emil Zatopek

“To be great, one does not have to be mad, but definitely it helps.” – Percy Cerutty

“Life is a positive-sum game. Everyone from the gold medalist to the last finisher can rejoice in a personal victory.” – George Sheehan

“A runners creed: I will win; if I cannot win, I shall be second; if I cannot be second, I shall be third; if I cannot place at all, I shall still do my best.” – Ken Doherty

“Those who say it can’t be done should not interrupt the ones doing it”
— From Carol Ann

My advice…be an action verb, choose to live and share the gifts you have been given this holiday season. Laugh as often as possible and truly look into the eyes of those around you and smile that smile that says, “I see you and I care!”

May we continue to seek knowledge in all things~


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We Have Much to be Thankful For…As We Celebrate Our Three Year Anniversary, We Take A Look At Some Of The People We Have Met, Who Also Strive To Make A Difference

As we celebrate our third year as a company, we have much to be thankful for.

Over the past three years, we have written a handful of academic eBooks that continue to sell…thank you to our readers :-)

We have been blessed to have met wonderful people and companies via Twitter and Facebook and this blog, that have an amazing impact on education like Ocean House Media, @Pragmaticmom , @MovingSmartNow, and Writers Digest to just name a few.

Fortunately, we have been asked to provide professional development numerous times throughout the school year these last three years and we have almost reached 35,000 views on this blog and our website receives thousands of hits per week…thank you!

More recently, we have struck up some good dialogue with people in the publishing industry who are giving us good advice and recommending agents for us to seek out for our Unlock the Teacher series we have been collaborating on with Dr. Lick, M.D and Dr. Letscher, Ph.D.  We are quite grateful for all the advice and recommendations…thank you!

As we prepare for this Thanksgiving holiday, we want to say we are THANKFUL to each and everyone one of you, who allow us to do what we love and encourage us to do more.

May your holiday be blessed!

Denise and the rest of the Unlock the Teacher LLC team

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