Debbie Bagley is a teacher advocate at Studies Weekly. She has worked in the education field for over 15 years and is especially passionate about teaching character education and social studies.

End of year celebration ideas for elementary students

End of Year Celebration Ideas for Elementary Teachers

After the hectic testing windows have passed, the end of the school year can be a wonderful time to celebrate camaraderie, hard work, and accomplishments. Celebrating during your final days together will leave students with stronger feelings of self-esteem, self-worth, connections, and happiness. Activities that bring everyone together to share memories and have some fun…

Students Painting in class

Using Art Therapy for Autistic Students

Through the creativity that comes with art therapy, students with autism spectrum disorder can use their imagination to improve skills, work through feelings, reduce stress, improve well-being, and express themselves to the world. According to the Monarch Center for Autism, art “provides opportunities for positive experiences that can translate into enhanced classroom performance and increased…

Getting to Know You Games

Teacher Tips: Getting to Know You

A classroom full of learners is a very important community. The tone and environment set by the teacher are fundamental to the success of the students.  All members should feel welcome, that they matter, and can connect with each other. These relationships help develop social and emotional skills that are deeply connected to their learning.…