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06Apr2015

Autism Awareness Month – Mrs. Stark’s Classroom Pet Experience

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In honor of Autism Awareness Month, we want to share with you one teacher’s experience with classroom pets.  As you saw in our last blog post, recent studies show the benefits of having autistic children interact with pets.  These benefits not only ring true in the home, but also extend to the classroom.   Melissa
30Mar2015

Autism Awareness Month: Studies on Autism and Pets

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April is Autism Awareness month.  As we gear up for a month of celebrating the unique traits of those with autism, bringing awareness to their circumstances, and searching for tools to aid in their development, the Pets in the Classroom grant program wants to share with you some of the research that has been done
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,
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