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16Feb2015

Building Empathy in the Classroom

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One of the hot topics in educational and societal discussions today is how to build empathy and encourage compassion in the youth of today. As we continue to strive find ways to better both academic and character education, some teachers have found one tool that is having an impact in the lives of their students:
09Feb2015

How Pets Can Nurture Children’s Relationships

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The human-animal bond is indeed a special bond worth exploring. At any age, children can benefit from the mutual nurturing relationship between themselves and a pet. Whether it’s in the classroom or the family home, the responsibilities of caring for another living creature can foster healthy relationship habits for children.   A few more details
03Feb2015

Child Development and Pets

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There’s something special about the bonds that can emerge between young children and finned, furred or scaly friends. Did you know that the unique relationships between a child and pet can actually foster and facilitate development? New research is coming to light exploring the unexpected benefits of the bonds between humans and animals, especially social,
21Aug2014

Character Education through Classroom Pets

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Pets in the Classroom   Teachers today have an important responsibility.  Not only does their job require educating their students’ minds, but they also play a very important role in educating their students’ hearts. When children learn how to be responsible, how to empathize, and how to care for others, when they have their self-esteem
07Jul2014

The Influence of a Teacher, and the Classroom Pet

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“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” ~Henry Adams   As teachers, you know that your influence can be far beyond what you anticipate.  Your actions and words can have a great impact on a student’s character, actions, and ambition.  Did you know that a classroom pet can affect a
09Jun2014

Carl, the Classroom Bearded Dragon

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In our last post, we told you about teacher Linda Graham and her classroom pet, Carl.  Ms. Graham teaches 4th grade boys at Global Leadership Academy in West Philadelphia, PA.  We did a little Q&A with her and, since her classroom pet experience has been such a great one, we thought we would share a
02Jun2014

Students Experience Advancement Thanks to a Classroom Pet

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For many students, school work can be stressful.  And as students struggle, good teachers look for ways to help their students improve.  For Ms. Linda Graham and her 4th grade class of boys at Global Leadership Academy in West Philadelphia, PA, improvement came through Carl, the Bearded Dragon.   “Since Carl came into the classroom,
15Apr2014

Life Lessons from Guinea Pigs Cuddles and Bubbles

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In our last blog post, we told you about Kristin Shanley, a science teacher at Bethune Community School in North Minneapolis, and her experience with her classroom pets. Well, Shanley had so many great things to say that we thought we would share a bit more of her experience with you and the lessons her
31Mar2014

Minneapolis Teacher Sees Improvements in Classroom Behavior

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Pets in the Classroom Classroom dynamics can be difficult for any teacher.  But the best teachers work hard to better the classroom environment and cultivate a love for learning.  Take Kristin Shanley.  She teaches 18 different science classes a week for ages ranging from Pre-Kindergarten through 5th grade at Bethune Community School in North Minneapolis.
13Jan2014

Classroom Pets – Emotional Benefits for Students

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Google Classroom pets can be wonderful aids in the classroom by providing an example for teachers to build curriculum  around.  They help make learning exciting when they are included in reading, writing, math, and science lessons.  But they do more than that – they also benefit the students emotionally:   Thank you so much for
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