5 Little-Known January Holidays

When you think of January, you think of fresh starts, new beginnings, parties, champagne, etc. It’s a busy month and it’s completely okay to overlook that January holidays are perhaps the oddest holidays. I picked five of these little-known January holidays to share because there is literally a wacky celebration to look forward to on each day of the month. Some of them have got to be made up, but we’ll roll with it for the sake of starting the year off with laughs and a lighthearted approach to 2014. By the way, what are some of your New Year’s resolutions this year? We’d love to hear the challenges you have set for yourselves this coming year.


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How to Play Fun Classroom Games

Two of the most effective ways to learn have got to be either with games or via song. At the end of the day, everyone learns differently, but it’s so easy for things to get “stuck in your head” when something is catchy or fun. Just think of that summer jam with the tune so sticky that you can’t stop singing it no matter how much you annoy yourself. Apply this tactic with your students this year in the classroom. Middle school kids, for example, are in that awkward stage where they are going through adolescence and may not feel that great about themselves. Create some competition with classroom games to get their mind off things, and boost their motivation and self-esteem at the same time!

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