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17May2016

Classroom Pets Help Students with Autism and Emotional/Behavioral Issues

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Numerous studies have touted the benefits of having autistic children interact with pets.  And according to teachers, these benefits also extend to the classroom.  Teachers who have received grants through Pets in the Classroom frequently report that their pets are positively impacting the classroom environment, especially in classrooms where students with behavioral and social issues are
03Mar2016

Changed Behavior Due to the Classroom Pet

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  We received the following letter from a teacher that we just have to share with you!   I just wanted to touch base with you and let you know about the wonderful things our bearded dragon (Charlie) has brought to our classroom.  I teach fourth grade and getting students to write is often difficult,
26Feb2016

Big Changes in Special Education Classroom

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What would you think if you heard a special education teacher say:   “[It] helped one of my non-verbal students with autism in ways unimaginable. That student is now speaking in 3 to 4 word sentences/phrases!  Behavior problems have reduced to a minimum, and 80% of my students’ reading levels have improved.”   This is
02Feb2016

Literacy Lessons – The Year of the Guinea Pigs – Part 2

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In our last blog post, we discussed the article, “Literacy Lessons in One Language Arts Sixth-Grade Classroom: The Year of the Guinea Pigs” by Barbara J. Radcliffe, which was published in the March 2015 Middle School Journal.   The article outlines the positive impact Radcliffe’s guinea pigs made on her students academically, socially, and emotionally.  Our
22Jan2016

The Year of the Guinea Pigs – Part 1

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What happens when a teacher utilizes a small animal in the classroom? According to Barbara J. Radcliffe, wonderful things.   In her article, “Literacy Lessons in One Language Arts Sixth-Grade Classroom: The Year of the Guinea Pigs,” which was published in the March 2015 Middle School Journal, Radcliffe reflects on the positive impact her guinea pigs
10Aug2015

Teachers Tell the Benefits of Classroom Pets

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As you teachers gear up for the new school year, you may be looking for inventive ways to enhance your curriculum and improve your educational environment. We at Pets in the Classroom would love for you to consider one tool that many teachers have found beneficial:  classroom pets.  Whether it be creating more excitement for
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:
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