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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
20Dec2013

Teachers’ Perspectives on Classroom Pets

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Google We at Pets in the Classroom believe that other teachers are a great resource for understanding the benefits of classroom pets, the impact they can make, and the teaching tool they can be.  Here are a couple of great letters that will give you a little more insight into our grant program and  the
25Nov2013

Teacher Testimonials

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Google There are many benefits to having pets in the classroom, but don’t take our word for it. See what some of the teachers who have received our grant have to say…   I cannot begin to tell you how grateful I am for the grant to establish an aquarium in my kindergarten classroom.  Young
05Nov2013

A Teacher’s Perspective – Miss Eberhart

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Pets in the Classroom The Kindergarten class of Sulpher Springs School is learning valuable life lessons thanks to teacher Erin Eberhart and a grant she received.  Through the Pet Care Trust, Eberhart received a Pets in the Classroom grant, which helps her fund her classroom pet guinea pig, Gertie.  And she has seen the positive
21Oct2013

Why We Do It – Pets in the Classroom

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If you are visiting our blog, you are probably well aware that we provide grants to teachers to aid in the purchase and maintenance of classroom pets.  But do you know why we do this?   We here at Pets in the Classroom see the benefits of pets in our own lives, and especially in
30Sep2013

Technology vs. Nature – Creating a Classroom Balance

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Technology has provided vast improvements to our classrooms, and to our lives in general.    And new innovations continue to come to the forefront.  Kids today are growing up in a world that is technologically advanced, fast-paced, and full of screens of all sizes and shapes providing virtual relationships.  But are they lacking exposure to some
23Sep2013

Studies on the Human-Animal Bond in the Classroom

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Have you wondered about the benefits of adding a pet to their classroom?  Will it really stimulate learning?  Do they really provide emotional and developmental benefits?  Studies of the bond between human and animals show that they do.   Of course, most children will get excited by a live creature in a classroom and will
16Sep2013

How Pets Improve the Classroom

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Google   If you have been considering getting a classroom pet but have yet to purchase one, you may be wondering if the extra responsibility and work is worth it.  But the rewards you and your students receive in return can be incredible.  Not only has research shown the benefits of pets in the lives
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