Brain Breaks


Let’s face it; focusing can be hard. Paying attention to one thing for a long period of time is a challenge, no matter who you are. Trying to get 20 students to focus on a lecture in your classroom can be one of the hardest things about teaching. When your students just can’t pay attention […]

Teacher Profile: Andrew Maurin


Recess Blog: Tell us a little about yourself. Andrew Maurin: My name is Andrew T. Maurin and I teach 3rd grade at Elm Grove Elementary in Independence, Missouri. I’ve been teaching here for 3 years, but 10 years total. RB: What was your main motivation for becoming a teacher? AM: The biggest reason I got […]

Action Movie Kid: Part 2

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A while back, we shared with you a story about a father who puts his son into action movies. Well, he’s back at it again with his second installment of Action Movie Kid! From driving a race car to skydiving, this kid does it all. You may not have the skills to put your child […]

Tips to Encourage Reading

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Reading is great for kids. Groundbreaking advice, right? Not exactly. We know reading is great for kids (and adults too). The question has never been, “should my kid read?” No, the question is actually, “how can I get my kid to read, and love it?” Growing a passion for reading is something that takes a […]

Back to School Party


What an exciting time of the year this is! Just about every school is back in session, and most of the kids are actually excited to be a year older and continue to learning journey. Since you have a brand new class with new students who most likely don’t know each other, one of the […]

Teacher Profile: Debra Ojeda


Recess Blog: Tell us a little about yourself. Debra Ojeda:  My name is Debra and I teach a preschool class for 3-year-olds at Ivy League Learning Center in Overland Park, Kansas. I have been teaching for 15 years. I decided to go into teaching because I love children, and I love watching them learn new things. […]