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Learning Engine Improvements

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At Shoelace, delivering high-quality, educational content is a top priority. Every change to the game is balanced against how it will impact the players’ learning experience. One of the biggest adjustments to the platform we’ve made over the past year, was the redesign of the question window itself,…

Black Friday Promotion

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We're Running A Promotion! November crept up on us fast! In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we’re kicking off the giving season with a Black Friday / Cyber Monday promotion for everyone!  A Special Gift for Premium Plan Holders Educators (who have a Premium Plan or) upgrade…

The ShoelaceL Challenge

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We’ve launched a spectacular new dwell for your players to challenge! This nightmarishly difficult dwell was designed to increase playtime and encourage players to continue answering questions correctly. To learn more about challenges, visit our help desk article.

New FAST Test Prep For Florida Students

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          The 2022 – 2023 school year marks the start of the new FAST progress monitoring testing in the state of Florida. In preparation for the new testing, a group of our Shoelace Learning summer teachers and curriculum specialists worked diligently to create FAST…

4 Reasons Why Seasons Are Great for Reading Practice

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            Giant fireballs battling fierce storms, dinosaurs that walk the earth again, and a maiden voyage that comes face-to-face with the dreaded Kraken –  these are just a few of the exciting seasons featured in Dreamscape that help to boost reading practice. …

How to Approach Students Starting the School Year Below Reading Level

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It’s time for a new school year to begin – a fresh start for everyone! The beginning of the year is an exciting time to get settled in with your new group of scholars. There is usually a little underlying anxiety about what that group will hold. A few questions…

Lesson Planning: How Early is too Early?

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One of the most time-consuming parts of teaching is lesson planning and prep work. People who don’t teach often speak of how nice the schedule must be—getting home earlier than most jobs, no need to sit at a desk all day, and, most importantly, those summers off! What people don’t…

Class Missions: Battle Monsters & Build Literacy

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Class Missions, one of our favorite Premium Plan features, are coming to all educators for free  next week for a free trial from May 9th-13th, 2022. To get started, here's an overview of what they are, how to use them in your class, and some cool ideas from other educators to get the most out of them.

Stamina Building Block Three: Confidence

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Confidence is that magical moment when “I think I can” turns into “I know I can”. When it comes to reading stamina it’s the result of being prepared (Building Block #1) and increasing our ability to focus (Building Block #2). Most importantly it’s the result of practice,…

Stamina Building Block Two: Increasing Focus Time

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Kids have lots of energy and they definitely know how to use it! While it’s important to harness that energy, it can also lead them astray when trying to accomplish goals. The ability to focus is built slowly, over time. It requires patience. Since patience is something that most school…