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Technology in Classrooms has Many Benefits

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            Classrooms look very different today than they did 20 years ago. When you walk into a classroom today you will notice students using technology. Some may be on their smartphones, laptops or tablets. You will notice that students are engaged and having fun.

         There are many benefits to using technology in the classroom. The first benefit is an increase in student motivation. Today’s generation is excited about using technology and catching on very quickly. Another benefit is students are able to take a more active role in their education. Very rarely do students just sit in their chair and listen to a teacher lecture. Technology gives teachers the ability to draw students in and involve them in learning. Technology allows students to collaborate with peers as they work on many technology-based projects.

         Crothersville is taking advantage of this great tool by exposing students in Grades K-12 to a variety of technology-based experiences. With technology in the classroom, the possibilities are endless.

Tips to Help Cope with Covid Related Stress

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It’s no secret that the world is much different than it was even a year ago. Some people have found themselves more anxious, sad and uncertain. These feelings are normal. Here are some ways to help lessen the stress. 

Practice Self-Care: Doing things such as exercising, getting enough sleep and eating well can help lessen stress and boost your immune system. 

Find Ways to Focus: Establish a daily routine and create a work space that is separate from your sleeping area.

Seek Out Support: The level of change that each person is going through during this time is different for everyone. Be sure to seek out help whether it is talking to a friend everyday or seeing a therapist regularly. 

Find Ways to Manage Disappointment: Find ways to celebrate all that you have accomplished during this last year. It also may help to plan ways to recreate important events that were postponed or canceled once things get back to normal.

Limit Media Consumption: Too much news and social media can add to anxiety. Set limits on media consumption and smartphone use.

Focus on Things you Can Control: Remember that you can only control your thoughts and feelings. 

March is Reading Month

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         Reading is celebrated across the nation during the month of March. Crothersville has many activities planned in our buildings, but you can also celebrate at home with your student. Here are some great ways to incorporate reading into the month of March, and beyond.

  1. Go Book Shopping. This can be done anywhere from Barnes & Noble, Amazon or the library. Ask friends, librarians and teachers for some great book recommendations.
  2. Get Comfortable. Designate a special spot in your house for reading. Fill it with pillows, blankets and books. It doesn’t have to be big.
  3. Set Aside Family Reading Time. It is a lot easier to get everyone reading if everyone is doing it together. Set aside a designated amount of time each night. This may include reading a book as a family or everyone reading on their own.
  4. Celebrate With a Movie. As a family you can choose a book that also has a movie. After you read the book together, you can all settle in and watch the movie together. You can even have a discussion about which one you thought was better and why.