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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:
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,
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
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
17Jul2013

Classroom Pets – Teaching Children about Responsibility

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One of the many benefits of classroom pets is that having one teaches children about responsibility.  Yes, almost any classroom job can help teach a student about responsibility, but having to care for another living being provides an element of importance and honor that most any student will respond to.  As Gail F. Melson, Ph.D. and
17Jul2013

Why Have Classroom Pets?

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Having a classroom pet can be a lot of work.  We at Pets in the Classroom understand that teachers take on additional responsibility when choosing to have a classroom pet.  But the benefits are so great!   Pets aid in improving school attendance Pets teach children about responsibility Pets build self-esteem Pets encourage nurturing Pets
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