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Study.com is here to help you succeed as a new teacher. Our veteran teachers and other experts provide creative solutions to the biggest challenges you will face during your first year - from managing your classroom to communicating with parents. We want to give you the tips and tricks you need to maintain the love and passion that got you into teaching in the first place. Explore our content to find interesting ideas and approaches that you can use in your classroom to develop your students and control your stress!

Why You Need Morning Meetings in Your Classroom
Why You Need Morning Meetings in Your Classroom
by Erin Riskey February 2018

As a teacher, you may have heard of morning meetings, but do you really know what they entail or the positive impact they can have on your classroom? Keep reading to get the lowdown on morning meetings and discover why you need to give them a try.

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What to Do When You Disagree with State Education Standards
What to Do When You Disagree with State Education Standards
by Rachel Tustin February 2018

As teachers, it's not unusual to disagree with a standard you are expected to teach. While it may be tempting to find ways to avoid teaching the standard altogether, doing so could have disastrous results for your career.

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How to Handle Conflict with Other Teachers
How to Handle Conflict with Other Teachers
by Rachel Tustin February 2018

When you are a teacher, you are used to handling conflict with students and even parents. But when it's your fellow teachers, it can present new challenges. It involves keeping your cool and putting your conflict resolution skills to work so that you can focus on what matters most - teaching.

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Teaching Black History Month in Your Classroom
Teaching Black History Month in Your Classroom
by Rachel Tustin February 2018

Black History Month is an incredibly important, though often misguided time in a teacher's year. We should approach it as an opportunity to show the relevance of African Americans in our content area, and not just isolated lessons that don't give it the respect it deserves.

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What It's Like to Have Your Own Child as a Student: 4 Considerations
What It's Like to Have Your Own Child as a Student: 4 Considerations
by Patricia Willis February 2018

Teaching and parenting are difficult enough on their own. When you combine them, you open the door to a world of difficulty that can have a negative impact on home and family life - if you let it.

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5 Tips on Handling Students Who Won't Stop Interrupting
5 Tips on Handling Students Who Won't Stop Interrupting
by Bill Sands February 2018

Finding a graceful way to deal with students who keep interrupting is a tall task for any teacher. Check out these techniques that will help you keep students in line and prevent disruptions.

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What We Can Learn from the School System in Finland
What We Can Learn from the School System in Finland
by Rachel Tustin February 2018

As American teachers, we're often compared to teachers in school systems across the globe. While we don't have the power to completely reform American education, there are lessons we can learn from countries like Finland about improving how we teach.

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Pros and Cons of Getting a PhD While Teaching Full Time
Pros and Cons of Getting a PhD While Teaching Full Time
by Rachel Tustin February 2018

Pursuing a Ph.D. while working full time is no easy feat. From someone who has been there, I can tell you from experience there are lots of pros and cons to working on a degree while continuing to teach.

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5 Ways to Use Design Thinking in Your Classroom
5 Ways to Use Design Thinking in Your Classroom
by Michelle Garrigan-Durant February 2018

Design thinking is a user-focused way to solve problems that are being implemented in many economic sectors. Read on to learn how to incorporate design thinking in your classroom, as well as resources to get you started.

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Improve Your Students' Writing Skills by Letting Them Draw
Improve Your Students' Writing Skills by Letting Them Draw
by Patricia Willis February 2018

Too often art is seen as secondary to the written word, but for those who struggle to communicate, drawing can open up the path to expression and improve writing skills.

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5 Things I Learned About Student Motivation While Teaching K-12
5 Things I Learned About Student Motivation While Teaching K-12
by Rachel Tustin January 2018

In all my years of teaching, I have learned that motivation is the most complex aspect of teaching. However, my experience has taught me that it is not an impossible feat to motivate all of the students in our classrooms.

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What Every Teacher Should Know About Translanguaging
What Every Teacher Should Know About Translanguaging
by Bill Sands January 2018

Translanguaging is a new trend in English instruction that involves encouraging students to use their native tongues more frequently in class. Read on to learn more about this school of thought and how it may be able to help you.

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How to Teach Kids About Climate Change Without Terrifying Them
How to Teach Kids About Climate Change Without Terrifying Them
by Rachel Tustin January 2018

Climate change can be a heavy and controversial topic for both adults and children. However, as teachers, there are ways to educate our students about climate change in a way that empowers them to help change the world.

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How Important is it for Your Students to Participate in Class Discussions?
How Important is it for Your Students to Participate in Class Discussions?
by Patricia Willis January 2018

Getting students to actively participate in class discussions can be a challenge - but one that is worth our time. If we want to guarantee their success, we must get them involved - here's why.

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What to Wear on the First Day of School as a Teacher
What to Wear on the First Day of School as a Teacher
by Michelle Garrigan-Durant January 2018

What to wear on the first day of school isn't just a concern for students, but for teachers as well. Read on to learn more about factors to consider when choosing what to wear and potential resources.

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The Pizza Party is Outdated: How to Better Reward Your Students
The Pizza Party is Outdated: How to Better Reward Your Students
by Erin Riskey January 2018

Are you looking for some student reward ideas that go beyond the traditional pizza party? Keep reading to explore some creative ideas for rewards your students will love.

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How New Teachers Can Benefit From Visiting Classrooms of Their Colleagues
How New Teachers Can Benefit From Visiting Classrooms of Their Colleagues
by Rachel Tustin January 2018

As a new teacher, you may feel too overwhelmed to spend time outside your classroom. However, there are a lot of benefits to visiting your colleagues' classrooms and learning some new tricks of the trade.

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Tired of Students Not Being Active Listeners in Class? Follow These 5 Tips to Fix It
Tired of Students Not Being Active Listeners in Class? Follow These 5 Tips to Fix It
by Rachel Tustin January 2018

Regardless of the age group, as teachers we face the challenge of students not listening. However frustrated you may be with it, it is not a hopeless cause. Just like you teach anything else in your course, you can teach students to listen.

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How to Best Utilize Your Teacher's Aide
How to Best Utilize Your Teacher's Aide
by Erin Riskey January 2018

A teacher's aide can be a very helpful resource when utilized properly. In this post, we'll explore some tips that can help you get the most out of having a teacher's aide in your classroom.

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The Real Reason Students Plagiarize & What It Tells Us about Our Education System
The Real Reason Students Plagiarize & What It Tells Us about Our Education System
by Rachel Tustin January 2018

At multiple levels of education, student plagiarism is a problem faced by the education system. However, the reality is that the education system is not completely blameless in the problem.

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3 Tips for Providing Emotional Support to Seniors Applying to College
3 Tips for Providing Emotional Support to Seniors Applying to College
by Bill Sands January 2018

The college application process can be notoriously stressful for high school seniors. As a teacher, you are uniquely positioned to offer support and advice to help them get through this difficult period.

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Should I Be Honest with Parents about Being a First-Year Teacher?
Should I Be Honest with Parents about Being a First-Year Teacher?
by Bill Sands January 2018

Dealing with parents as an inexperienced teacher can be a daunting task, but should you embellish the amount of experience you have in order to seem like a more seasoned instructor?

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The Biggest Differences Between Teaching Elementary & Middle School
The Biggest Differences Between Teaching Elementary & Middle School
by Rachel Tustin January 2018

If we think about our elementary and middle school experiences as students, we know there are huge differences. But what are the biggest differences for teachers?

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Fun and Easy Ways to Incorporate More Reading into Your Classroom
Fun and Easy Ways to Incorporate More Reading into Your Classroom
by Erin Riskey November 2017

We already know that reading is important for many reasons, but sometimes it's a challenge to keep it both interesting and exciting for your students. Be sure to check out this post for some fun and easy ways to incorporate more reading into your classroom.

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What Should I Do if I Notice a Student Falling Behind Socially?
What Should I Do if I Notice a Student Falling Behind Socially?
by Rachel Tustin December 2017

When you notice a child falling behind socially in your classroom, your impulse may be to jump to action. However, before you start calling parents, there are some things you should consider - including who to talk to at your school.

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Help! My School Isn't Providing the Resources I Need to Teach a Special Needs Child
Help! My School Isn't Providing the Resources I Need to Teach a Special Needs Child
by Rachel Tustin November 2017

Having a special needs child in your classroom can be stressful. Lacking the resources you need just amplifies it even more. However, if you know what to do, you can alleviate that stress and help the child find success.

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Should I Play Music in my Classroom?
Should I Play Music in my Classroom?
by Michelle Baumgartner January 2018

Are you wondering if music should accompany your classroom activities? Listen to this resounding chorus of positive reasons to use music in the classroom.

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I'm an Elementary School Teacher - Here's How I Avoid Getting Sick
I'm an Elementary School Teacher - Here's How I Avoid Getting Sick
by Bill Sands November 2017

Staying healthy can be a tall task for teachers, as classrooms can be full of germs. Use these tips and tricks to avoid illness and keep yourself feeling well in the classroom.

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You Can Teach a Seasoned Teacher New Tricks: Tips for Teaching Generation Z
You Can Teach a Seasoned Teacher New Tricks: Tips for Teaching Generation Z
by Rachel Tustin December 2017

With each new generation that enters our classrooms, teachers are faced with new challenges to engage them in learning. Generation Z is an opportunity for veteran teachers to shake up their classroom routine and learn some new tricks to keep them excited about learning.

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Creating an Inclusive Holiday Celebration in Your Classroom
Creating an Inclusive Holiday Celebration in Your Classroom
by Michelle Garrigan-Durant December 2017

The holidays can be challenging for teachers whose many students celebrate many different holidays. Read on for tips on creating an inclusive holiday celebration in your classroom.

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How Can I Use the Authentic Learning Standards in My Classroom?
How Can I Use the Authentic Learning Standards in My Classroom?
by Patricia Willis December 2017

Authentic learning puts student experience at the forefront of classroom learning for a more engaging experience that allows pupils to solidify understanding through connected activities.

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4 Tips for Being a Good School Field Trip Chaperone
4 Tips for Being a Good School Field Trip Chaperone
by Bill Sands November 2017

The job of a field trip chaperone may not be an easy one, but by following these strategies, you can keep things organized and ensure a productive and entertaining day for both yourself and your students.

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How Open Should You be with Your Students About Your Personal Life?
How Open Should You be with Your Students About Your Personal Life?
by Bill Sands November 2017

Talking about your personal life is a great way to build a rapport with your students, but oversharing can cause serious issues. Find out what topics to avoid and where to draw the line when it comes to talking with your class.

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How a 3D Printer Can Enhance Your Classroom
How a 3D Printer Can Enhance Your Classroom
by Bill Sands November 2017

In addition to being the latest trend in technology, 3D printers have the potential to revolutionize the classroom. Read on for tips and suggestions on how to use these devices to upgrade your teaching experience.

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Tips for Teachers: How to React When Students Are Shouting at You
Tips for Teachers: How to React When Students Are Shouting at You
by Melissa Kreindel December 2017

As teachers, we plan all aspects of our day, but we don't necessarily plan for a disruptive student. Read on to learn some tips for how to handle shouting and angry students so you can quickly diffuse the situation and get back to your lesson plan.

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Why Design Thinking Might Not Work in Every Classroom
Why Design Thinking Might Not Work in Every Classroom
by Rachel Tustin December 2017

Design thinking is an approach to learning that is taking education by storm. However, while it has become a buzzword in education, it is necessarily suitable as a mindset to revamp every classroom.

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What are Math Dice and How Can You Use Them in Your Classroom?
What are Math Dice and How Can You Use Them in Your Classroom?
by Patricia Willis December 2017

Students learn better if they're engaged and having a good time. By incorporating enticing games into our math curriculum, we can make challenging topics more inviting and less stressful for students.

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Elementary Classroom Layouts That Keep Students Focused
Elementary Classroom Layouts That Keep Students Focused
by Bill Sands October 2017

Setting up your classroom in just the right manner can go a long way toward keeping and improving your students' focus. Read on for more information on some fun and unique ways to arrange your room.

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How Much Should I Talk to My Students About The Current Political Climate?
How Much Should I Talk to My Students About The Current Political Climate?
by Patricia Willis December 2017

In a highly charged political climate like ours, strongly held opinions can lead to disruptions in the classroom unless handled carefully and creatively.

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Should I Offer Extra Credit in my Classes?
Should I Offer Extra Credit in my Classes?
by Erin Riskey October 2017

In schools across the country, extra credit is something that stirs up mixed feelings among teachers. Here we'll look at both sides of the extra credit spectrum to help you decide if you should offer it in your classroom.

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Appropriate & Inappropriate Jokes Around Students: A Teacher's Guide to Being Funny
Appropriate & Inappropriate Jokes Around Students: A Teacher's Guide to Being Funny
by Michelle Garrigan-Durant December 2017

Humor can help students bond as a classroom, retain information and relieve stress. However, not all jokes are appropriate for students. Read on to learn how to incorporate comedy in your classroom.

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How to Handle Making a Mistake in Class as a Teacher
How to Handle Making a Mistake in Class as a Teacher
by Rachel Tustin December 2017

As teachers, we hold ourselves to high standards. When we make a mistake in front of the class, it can be humiliating. However, there are some ways you can turn the negative experience into a positive one for you and your students.

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Should I Care What My Students Say About Me Online?
Should I Care What My Students Say About Me Online?
by Rachel Tustin November 2017

As teachers, we have a lot on our plates. It is easy to tell ourselves that we should just ignore what students say about us online. However, depending on what students are saying, it can be an important issue we need to address.

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Learning to Let Go in the Classroom: What You Can & Can't Control
Learning to Let Go in the Classroom: What You Can & Can't Control
by Rachel Tustin November 2017

As a teacher, it's easy to think you can control every aspect of your classroom. However, the reality is that so much of what goes on with your students is actually beyond your control, as we'll discuss in this article.

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Should You Reconnect with Your Past Students?
Should You Reconnect with Your Past Students?
by Rachel Tustin November 2017

Reconnecting with students can be a tricky subject for teachers. While it has great value, it can also have some pitfalls. When you are contemplating reconnecting with students, there are some important things you need to consider.

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5 Common Misconceptions About Personalized Learning
5 Common Misconceptions About Personalized Learning
by Erin Riskey November 2017

Personalized learning is a growing trend in the world of education these days, but it doesn't come without its fair share of questions and scrutiny. Today we'll debunk five of the most common misconceptions about personalized learning.

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How to Caution an Overconfident Student That They Still Have a Lot to Learn
How to Caution an Overconfident Student That They Still Have a Lot to Learn
by Bill Sands September 2017

Overconfidence in students can lead to disruptive behavior and diminished academic performance, and teachers need to know how to caution these students without being overly harsh.

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Making the Most Out of Staff Development Meetings Before the School Year Starts
Making the Most Out of Staff Development Meetings Before the School Year Starts
by Rachel Tustin November 2017

Staff development may not get you as excited as buying school supplies, but it is an important part of the year for teachers. It's an opportunity for you to get up to speed on all kinds of information, and if you go into it with the right frame of mind, you can make the most of these days.

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Why Teachers Should Set Goals Before Going Back to School
Why Teachers Should Set Goals Before Going Back to School
by Rachel Tustin November 2017

While during summer vacation teachers may want to avoid anything related to their profession, it can be the best time of year to set goals. If they wait, they may run the risk of never setting goals for the year at all.

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How to Make the Most of Back to School Deals to Restock Your Classroom
How to Make the Most of Back to School Deals to Restock Your Classroom
by Michelle Garrigan-Durant November 2017

Teachers spend an average of $500 of their own money on school supplies every year. Read on to learn how you can make the most of back-to-school deals to restock your classroom without breaking the bank.

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Teachers Need Lunch, Too: Great School Lunch Ideas
Teachers Need Lunch, Too: Great School Lunch Ideas
by Erin Riskey September 2017

With their seemingly nonstop, busy schedules, it can be hard for teachers to find enough time to eat (and actually enjoy) lunch at school. Today's post provides some simple and delicious lunch ideas that teachers can prepare ahead of time.

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How Back to School During Your Second Year of Teaching is So Much Different from Your First
How Back to School During Your Second Year of Teaching is So Much Different from Your First
by Rachel Tustin November 2017

Many teachers find their second year of teaching more challenging, and even more stressful, than their first. However, there are wonderful things waiting for you during your second year in the classroom.

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3 Innovative Teaching Techniques to Try This School Year
3 Innovative Teaching Techniques to Try This School Year
by Rachel Tustin November 2017

Changing your teaching strategies is no easy feat. It can be scary because just like our students, it places us in situations where we can fail. However, if we are willing to try new strategies we can improve student learning. Here are three strategies I intend to try this year.

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Fun Classroom Decor Ideas for Back to School
Fun Classroom Decor Ideas for Back to School
by Bill Sands September 2017

Giving your classroom a fun and innovative decorating scheme can set the tone for the entire school year. Pick up some tips and find some inspiration with these helpful and creative suggestions.

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Fun, Harmless April Fool's Pranks to Try in Your Classroom
Fun, Harmless April Fool's Pranks to Try in Your Classroom
by Bill Sands September 2017

April Fool's Day is an enjoyable time for students and teachers alike. With a little advance planning and some help from these ideas, you can devise a whole day of fun and trickery for your class.

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How Teachers Can Have a Stress-Free Back to School
How Teachers Can Have a Stress-Free Back to School
by Rachel Tustin November 2017

Back to school is an exciting time of year for teachers. However, if we aren't careful, it can easily become the most stressful time of year as well. Here is some advice to make your back to school as stress-free as possible.

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The 5 Biggest Fears About Becoming a Teacher & How to Overcome Them
The 5 Biggest Fears About Becoming a Teacher & How to Overcome Them
by Bill Sands November 2017

Feeling a little trepidation as you embark on your teaching career is only natural. If you're a little tense, check out these suggestions that will help you keep calm and grow comfortable in your new role.

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Can I Teach High School and Community College at the Same Time?
Can I Teach High School and Community College at the Same Time?
by Rachel Tustin December 2017

There are many reasons you may want to teach high school and community college. Whatever your reason, you can create a dual teaching career if you are willing to embrace the challenge of teaching in two different worlds.

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Dealing with Difficult Classroom Situations You'll See Often
Dealing with Difficult Classroom Situations You'll See Often
by Irene Cooper August 2017

Situations crop up regularly in most classrooms that threaten to distract from the lesson and derail learning for all. The following are a few suggestions for getting students back on track and keeping your cool when challenges arise.

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How Often Should Teachers Change Their Seating Chart?
How Often Should Teachers Change Their Seating Chart?
by Michelle Garrigan-Durant July 2017

Some teachers change their classroom seating weekly, while others prefer that students remain in the same desks all year. Is one better than the other? Read on to see how often teachers should change their seating chart.

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5 Common Misunderstandings About What It's Like to Be a Teacher
5 Common Misunderstandings About What It's Like to Be a Teacher
by Patricia Willis December 2017

Teaching is a noble profession, and while most people view it favorably, there are a few misconceptions we teachers hear that drive us crazy every time.

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5 Things to Keep in Your Classroom for Emergencies
5 Things to Keep in Your Classroom for Emergencies
by Michelle Garrigan-Durant July 2017

As you're preparing to go back to school, you might be thinking about preparing your classroom for learning and fun, but you should also be prepared for emergencies. Read on for five things to keep in your classroom for emergency situations.

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How to Use Summer Vacation Productively as a Teacher
How to Use Summer Vacation Productively as a Teacher
by Rachel Tustin December 2017

If you are a teacher on summer vacation, your goal may be to simply check out mentally for ten weeks, lay on a beach, and relax. However, summer vacation is an important time for teachers. You can be productive, have fun and de-stress, all at the same time!

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What to Do When Your Student Requests to Be Your Friend on Facebook
What to Do When Your Student Requests to Be Your Friend on Facebook
by Rachel Tustin December 2017

Social media has become an important tool for educators and schools to convey information to parents and the community. However, sometimes students decide to use it to friend their teachers. Knowing how to respond in these situations is important for both you and your student.

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What it Really Means to Be a Mandated Reporter
What it Really Means to Be a Mandated Reporter
by Erin Riskey July 2017

When you decided to become a teacher, you essentially chose to take on several responsibilities that come with the territory. One of the most important of those is being a mandated reporter, which we will explore in this post.

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How to Handle Rainy Days in Your Elementary Classroom
How to Handle Rainy Days in Your Elementary Classroom
by Rachel Tustin December 2017

You may approach rainy days in your elementary school classroom with a sense of dread. However, if you plan ahead and are prepared, you and your students can avoid the rainy day blues.

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How to Respond to a Student with Attendance Problems
How to Respond to a Student with Attendance Problems
by Rachel Tustin December 2017

Attendance issues are among the most challenging problems teachers face in their classrooms. The causes of attendance issues are complex and often require additional resources to work through. However, responding appropriately to attendance problems can make a huge difference in a child's life.

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Is It Important to Enforce the Dress Code as a Teacher?
Is It Important to Enforce the Dress Code as a Teacher?
by Patricia Willis July 2017

With all the talk of unbalanced dress code practices, including those that unfairly penalize female students, the question begs: Should you enforce your school's dress code, and if so, how can you do it fairly?

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How to Talk to Parents of a Bullied Student
How to Talk to Parents of a Bullied Student
by Michele Vrouvas July 2017

From news stories about students bullied at school, we've learned that their parents want to know how teachers and schools are handling it. If you're a teacher in this situation, here's what you can tell them.

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What to Wear as a Teacher in the Elementary Classroom
What to Wear as a Teacher in the Elementary Classroom
by Patricia Willis July 2017

Today's teachers strive to be more in touch with their students, which for some may mean a more casual dress code than their predecessors. Find out how to achieve the right balance of casual and professional dress in your elementary classroom.

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The Best Apps for Teachers Who Want to Save Time
The Best Apps for Teachers Who Want to Save Time
by Michelle Garrigan-Durant July 2017

Teachers spend time teaching as well as grading, communicating, developing study tools and trying to find time to learn from their peers. Luckily, there is now an app for that. Read on to discover the best apps for teachers who want to save time.

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How to Set Up Your Substitute Teacher for Success
How to Set Up Your Substitute Teacher for Success
by Rachel Tustin December 2017

As teachers, we often take substitutes for granted. However, they are professionals as well, and we need to set them up for success. Strategies, detailed plans, and even tips of the trade can help the day run smoothly in your absence.

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How I Use Bulletin Boards to Enhance My Classroom
How I Use Bulletin Boards to Enhance My Classroom
by Rachel Tustin December 2017

Bulletin boards are often the bane of our existence as teachers. If we want them to look nice, they eat up hours of our planning periods. However, if you think strategically, you can create bulletin boards that enhance instruction.

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What You Should Have in Your Bag of Tricks as a Substitute Teacher
What You Should Have in Your Bag of Tricks as a Substitute Teacher
by Rachel Tustin December 2017

Being a substitute teacher is a challenging job under the best circumstances. To be successful at it on a day-to-day basis, you need to be prepared for any situation. A few key items in your bag of tricks can often make or break your day!

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A Day in the Life of a Kindergarten Teacher
A Day in the Life of a Kindergarten Teacher
by Rachel Tustin December 2017

A day as a kindergarten teacher is far from easy. With students of all ability levels, teachers have the challenge of trying to squeeze reading, writing, math, and social studies into their lessons while differentiating instruction. So let's talk a walk through a day in the life of a kindergarten teacher.

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How to Appropriately Respond to Students Who Cheat on Tests
How to Appropriately Respond to Students Who Cheat on Tests
by Rachel Tustin November 2017

Cheating is a common situation in our schools today. For a teacher, it can be a challenging situation to handle in the classroom. However, if you keep a calm frame of mind, you can appropriately handle the situation and even help the student move forward in a positive way.

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Tips to Help Teachers Eliminate Their Unconscious Bias
Tips to Help Teachers Eliminate Their Unconscious Bias
by Michele Vrouvas December 2017

Of all the things that don't belong in your teacher's toolbox, unconscious bias is one of them. Here are ways to identify and overcome this obstacle to learning.

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Should I Teach at a Community College or University?
Should I Teach at a Community College or University?
by Zach Griffin July 2017

If you are considering a career in academia, then you probably have pondered the differences between teaching at a community college and teaching at a university. We will discuss those differences here.

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What a Teacher Thinks About Trends in American Education
What a Teacher Thinks About Trends in American Education
by Rachel Tustin December 2017

In the last decade, educators have had to adjust and adapt as a result of significant changes in educational trends. Depending on the trends, teachers may see them as valuable or merely a fad.

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How to Identify a Gifted Student in Your Classroom
How to Identify a Gifted Student in Your Classroom
by Rachel Tustin December 2017

Identifying gifted students in our classrooms can be challenging. As teachers, we have to break beyond the the stereotypes and look at all the characteristics gifted children can express.

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How Flexible Seating Transformed My Teaching
How Flexible Seating Transformed My Teaching
by Rachel Tustin November 2017

The notion of creating flexible work spaces may be all the rage in the business world, but it is equally important in classrooms. Changing your classroom environment can completely transform the way you teach.

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5 Things You Need to Know About Competency-Based Learning
5 Things You Need to Know About Competency-Based Learning
by Patricia Willis December 2017

A revolution in education may be on the horizon. Competency-based learning allows students to earn credit for what they know, not how many hours they spend in class, so students gain skills at their own pace and through the medium that works best for them.

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How to Recognize Introverts Among Students & Help Them Succeed
How to Recognize Introverts Among Students & Help Them Succeed
by Rachel Tustin November 2017

In our classrooms, often our energy gets focused on the extroverts who demand our attention. However, we need to find strategies to nurture our introverts and help them succeed as well.

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Promoting Empathy in My Classroom Improved My Students' Behavior
Promoting Empathy in My Classroom Improved My Students' Behavior
by Rachel Tustin November 2017

In the age of standards-driven instruction, we sometimes forget that we need to teach and promote empathy as well. When we do so in our classrooms, it can transform student behavior.

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Are Lectures an Ineffective Way to Teach Young Kids?
Are Lectures an Ineffective Way to Teach Young Kids?
by Kyle Aken June 2017

Young children have trouble paying attention and retaining information from lectures. There are many non-traditional methods, from social to logical methods of learning, that are more effective with young children, as we'll discuss in this post.

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What to Consider Before You Quit Your Teaching Job
What to Consider Before You Quit Your Teaching Job
by Rachel Tustin December 2017

There are few teachers in the profession who haven't considered leaving at some point or another. However, that decision should be made after some thoughtful reflection and not in haste.

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Teacher's Advice: How I Learned to Stay Positive and De-Stress
Teacher's Advice: How I Learned to Stay Positive and De-Stress
by Rachel Tustin November 2017

Teaching is not an easy job, with multiple sources of stress and negativity being thrown at them everyday. However, there are some simple things teachers can do to de-stress and stay positive in their careers.

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The Best Ways to Support Kids from Non-Traditional Families in Your Classroom
The Best Ways to Support Kids from Non-Traditional Families in Your Classroom
by Rachel Tustin November 2017

Supporting students from non-traditional families in the classroom can be a challenge for teachers. However, the effort is well worth the reward to our students.

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I Stopped Being a Perfectionist Teacher and So Can You
I Stopped Being a Perfectionist Teacher and So Can You
by Rachel Tustin December 2017

Many teachers are perfectionists and believe that it makes them better teachers. However, letting go of those tendencies and adopting a growth mindset can make you a more effective and happier teacher.

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Steps to Take If You Think a Student is Self-Harming
Steps to Take If You Think a Student is Self-Harming
by Rachel Tustin December 2017

Discovering that your student is engaging in self-harm is a scary situation for a teacher to find themselves in. You need to be knowledgeable in what steps to take when a student needs help.

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Things My Students Taught Me
Things My Students Taught Me
by Rachel Tustin November 2017

As teachers, we expect our students to learn the lessons we create for our classrooms. However, some of the most valuable lessons actually come from our students.

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Teachers & Sleep Deprivation: Why Sleeping More than 6 Hours Matters
Teachers & Sleep Deprivation: Why Sleeping More than 6 Hours Matters
by Bill Sands December 2017

Being a teacher means dealing with a busy schedule that may not always leave time for sleep. However, sleep deprivation can go far beyond just ~'feeling tired~' and affect the way your brain functions, making it all the more important to get enough rest.

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Is School Bullying Really Declining?  - A Recent Study Shows It Is
Is School Bullying Really Declining? - A Recent Study Shows It Is
by Bill Sands June 2017

As recently as 2005, 30 percent of students reported an involvement in bullying. Fortunately, this number has dramatically reduced. Let's take a look at how schools cut down on this behavior and what you can do to help end bullying in your classroom.

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Tips for Respectfully Resigning Your Teaching Position to Move to Another School
Tips for Respectfully Resigning Your Teaching Position to Move to Another School
by Rachel Tustin December 2017

Resigning a teaching job and switching schools can be a challenging part of your career. However, there are some tried-and-true strategies to help you resign respectfully, even in tense situations.

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8 Activities to Make the Final Days of the School Year Exciting & Memorable
8 Activities to Make the Final Days of the School Year Exciting & Memorable
by Rachel Tustin June 2017

The end of the school year can be a stressful time for teachers. However, by channeling your creativity and tapping into students' skills and challenges, it can be an amazing time of year for everyone.

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Tips for Making a Good Impression on Your First Day of Teaching
Tips for Making a Good Impression on Your First Day of Teaching
by Amanda Johnson June 2017

The first day of teaching is your opportunity to make a positive, impacting, and encouraging impression on your students. It's your chance to introduce yourself, lay out the curriculum plan for the year, and create a sense of excitement in your class.

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What I Wish I Knew Before Teaching Internationally
What I Wish I Knew Before Teaching Internationally
by Rachel Tustin May 2017

Teaching internationally is an adventure for any teacher. However, if you don't consider a few important details, it can quickly turn into a bad situation.

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How to Best Deal with Violence or Fights in the Classroom
How to Best Deal with Violence or Fights in the Classroom
by Michele Vrouvas May 2017

With schools becoming more dangerous places, it's natural that new teachers would worry about safety. Knowing how to deal with classroom violence can protect you and your students when kids do more than act out.

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How I Combined Music and Mathematics in My Elementary Classroom
How I Combined Music and Mathematics in My Elementary Classroom
by Amanda Johnson May 2017

Learning can be difficult for some students. Research has found that music can help prepare students for the day's lessons by energizing them and stimulating the brain. Incorporating music into math can change the dynamic of mathematics making it a more enjoyable experience for everyone.

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Using March Mammal Madness in Your Classroom
Using March Mammal Madness in Your Classroom
by Melissa Kreindel December 2017

March Madness gets everyone riled up, hoping their college basketball bracket picks advance to the next round. Basketball, however, isn't the only March Madness game in town. For five years now, March Mammal Madness has captured the attention of classrooms, taking advantage of bracket-fever while also giving students a fun science learning opportunity.

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What You Should Know Before Teaching English as a Second Language
What You Should Know Before Teaching English as a Second Language
by Bill Sands November 2017

Teaching English as a Second Language is a worthy endeavor, but it is not for everyone. If you're thinking of entering the field, you should make sure that it's a good fit for your academic and professional needs.

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5 Things Most Teachers Really Want Parents to Know
5 Things Most Teachers Really Want Parents to Know
by Amanda Johnson November 2017

Teachers spend a lot of time preparing and teaching class. Normal workdays last far beyond school hours especially when parents are calling and e-mailing questions, concerns and complaints. Perhaps the day might run smoother if parents took a few key points to heart.

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How I Dealt with Aggression in My Classroom: What Every Teacher Should Know
How I Dealt with Aggression in My Classroom: What Every Teacher Should Know
by Rachel Tustin December 2017

Dealing with aggressive students is challenging and stressful for teachers. However, if you're prepared with strategies, you can deal with student aggression effectively and appropriately.

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Tips for Writing a Fair and Effective Teacher Recommendation Letter for College
Tips for Writing a Fair and Effective Teacher Recommendation Letter for College
by Michelle Garrigan-Durant December 2017

Writing authentic and helpful educator recommendations for college-bound high school seniors isn't always easy. Read on to learn some tips for writing fair and effective teacher recommendation letters.

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How We Started Teaching Meditation at Our School - And You Can Too
How We Started Teaching Meditation at Our School - And You Can Too
by Bill Sands December 2017

Meditation is a great way for students and teachers to relieve stress, but it's not always easy to introduce such an activity to the classroom. You'll need to be fully prepared and adaptable in order to achieve successful integration.

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Alternatives to Time-outs: What Worked in My Classroom
Alternatives to Time-outs: What Worked in My Classroom
by Patricia Willis May 2017

Time-outs are not only ineffective; they can be damaging. Learn some alternative behavior correction options and take back control of your classroom without punishment.

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My Experience with Teacher Unions: The Good and the Bad
My Experience with Teacher Unions: The Good and the Bad
by Rachel Tustin December 2017

Experiences with teacher unions, for most educators, are a mixed bag of results. Depending on where you teach, your experience with unions may be positive or negative.

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How I Used Behavior Cards in My Classroom: What a Difference!
How I Used Behavior Cards in My Classroom: What a Difference!
by Amanda Johnson December 2017

More than 50% of productive class time is lost thanks to students misbehaving. This creates a need for a structured disciplinary system in the classroom. When used correctly, behavior cards can turn a chaotic classroom into a productive learning environment.

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How I Made My Class Eco-Friendly & Saved Money Too
How I Made My Class Eco-Friendly & Saved Money Too
by Amanda Johnson May 2017

Going green in the classroom is one of the best places to start when teaching children of all ages about environmental safety and health. Although it seems like a large job to tackle, starting small can make a big difference inside and outside the classroom.

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How to Deal with Rebellious (But Smart!) Students in Your Classroom
How to Deal with Rebellious (But Smart!) Students in Your Classroom
by Bill Sands May 2017

Problematic students with high intelligence levels make for a complex challenge in the classroom. To manage these students, you'll need to use a blend of compassion and creativity.

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Put Your Kids to Work in the Kitchen With These Fun Cooking Activities
Put Your Kids to Work in the Kitchen With These Fun Cooking Activities
by Bill Sands May 2017

Cooking in the classroom presents a valuable opportunity to teach your students a variety of skills. Use these lesson plans and recipes to create entertaining and informative activities for the entire class.

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How I Transitioned from Teaching in a Small Classroom to a Large One
How I Transitioned from Teaching in a Small Classroom to a Large One
by Rachel Tustin December 2017

For teachers, moving from smaller class sizes to larger ones can be a huge transition. It takes acquiring some new skills to be successful in larger arena, but once you have mastered them it can be a positive experience.

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What Every Principal Should Know Before a Budget Meeting with Stakeholders
What Every Principal Should Know Before a Budget Meeting with Stakeholders
by Bill Sands December 2017

A budget meeting is a high-stakes environment and principals will need to be prepared if they hope to achieve a resolution. By using these tips and strategies, you can ensure that your sessions are productive and beneficial for all parties.

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Improve Overall Behavior in Your Classroom: Detention Task Ideas & Tips
Improve Overall Behavior in Your Classroom: Detention Task Ideas & Tips
by Bill Sands May 2017

Detention is not only a means for punishing but also an opportunity to connect with your students. By providing students with an organized learning environment and reflective assignments, you can prevent future misbehavior.

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What I Wished I Knew about Psychological Differences Before Becoming Early Childhood Educator
What I Wished I Knew about Psychological Differences Before Becoming Early Childhood Educator
by Rachel Tustin November 2017

There is a special lure to teaching early childhood for teachers, such as no state testing and more play time in the classroom. However, there are some psychological challenges that you would need to be aware of before you chose to become a childhood educator.

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How Young Is Too Young to Start Learning Data Analysis?
How Young Is Too Young to Start Learning Data Analysis?
by Rachel Tustin November 2017

Data analysis can be a very complicated process for children to learn. However, when structured appropriately, students in a wide range of ages engage in data analysis activities.

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Pros & Cons of Teaching with Movies in the Classroom
Pros & Cons of Teaching with Movies in the Classroom
by Michele Vrouvas May 2017

Critics slam them as a waste of classroom time, but many teachers praise movies as an educational tool beyond compare. If you're not sure whether movies will enhance student learning, consider these arguments for and against their use.

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Getting Kids Excited to Learn about Climate Change: Tips & Tricks
Getting Kids Excited to Learn about Climate Change: Tips & Tricks
by Bill Sands November 2017

Climate change is a dynamic and complex topic that presents a challenge for teachers looking to maintain student engagement. But with proper planning and preparation, you can easily devise lesson plans that are both exciting and informative.

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What Every Teacher Should Know About Culturally Responsive Teaching
What Every Teacher Should Know About Culturally Responsive Teaching
by Rachel Tustin May 2017

Culture, whether we like it or not, plays a key role in teaching and learning in classrooms. As a teacher, we need to build our cultural responsiveness toolbox to assure that all students are successful in our classrooms.

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How ADHD Symptoms Can Differ in Boys & Girls: Tips for Teachers
How ADHD Symptoms Can Differ in Boys & Girls: Tips for Teachers
by Erin Riskey May 2017

Kids with ADHD aren't all the same, and girls and boys often exhibit very different symptoms. This post takes a look at these differences and offers some advice for teachers on how they can recognize symptoms and help ADHD students - both girls and boys.

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What You Should Know About Dyslexia Before You Start Teaching
What You Should Know About Dyslexia Before You Start Teaching
by Michele Vrouvas May 2017

You're familiar with the term 'dyslexia', but you're not yet sure how to tailor your classroom instruction for dyslexic students. Before you begin teaching, here's what you should know about this learning disorder that affects one in five Americans.

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Teaching Students with Disabilities: Strategies for Regular Classrooms
Teaching Students with Disabilities: Strategies for Regular Classrooms
by Patricia Willis November 2017

When students with disabilities enter the mainstream classroom, it can be a challenge for teachers. We examine some issues - and offer solutions - to help make teaching these special classes less stressful.

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Why Students Plagiarize and What to Do When You Catch It
Why Students Plagiarize and What to Do When You Catch It
by Bill Sands April 2017

Academic dishonesty is an unfortunate reality for many teachers. To learn how to best handle such problems, it's important to understand why students feel compelled to cheat in the first place.

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Should You Start Your Teaching Career at a Private or Public School?
Should You Start Your Teaching Career at a Private or Public School?
by Rachel Tustin April 2017

When you enter the teaching profession you have a lot of decisions to make, including whether you will teach at a public or private school. Both types of school offer benefits and challenges for teachers.

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What to Teach Kids About Memorial Day in the Classroom
What to Teach Kids About Memorial Day in the Classroom
by Bill Sands April 2017

Memorial Day presents a number of unique learning opportunities for students of all ages. Pick up some tips on how to best incorporate this important holiday into your classroom.

How to Support a Student Whose Parents Are Divorcing
How to Support a Student Whose Parents Are Divorcing
by Rachel Tustin April 2017

Students whose parents are divorcing face all sorts of challenges, both at home and at school. As teachers, we may be at a loss for how to help them through it. However, there are some specific strategies teachers can implement that will help the student feel supported at school.

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Using Social Media in the Classroom: Pros and Cons
Using Social Media in the Classroom: Pros and Cons
by Rachel Tustin April 2017

Social media can be a controversial topic in education. The reality is that there are practical benefits, as well as negatives teachers need to be mindful of when deciding whether or not to delve into social media with students.

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What You Can Do as a Teacher Who Is Bullied by Your Students
What You Can Do as a Teacher Who Is Bullied by Your Students
by Michele Vrouvas May 2017

Being bullied by your students can make you re-think your decision to become a teacher. Learn how to approach this alarming new epidemic and push back when it's you who is the target.

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What to Do When You Have a Bully in the Classroom
What to Do When You Have a Bully in the Classroom
by Rachel Tustin April 2017

Bullying is an unfortunately common occurrence in schools, and for a classroom teacher it can be challenging to know what to do. However, there are steps to take to help manage the situation when you find yourself with a bully in your classroom.

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Benefits of Peer Teaching: Ideas for Your Classroom
Benefits of Peer Teaching: Ideas for Your Classroom
by Bill Sands May 2017

As teachers, we need to incorporate all sorts of strategies to help our students be successful. Peer teaching is one strategy that builds not only content knowledge, but also student confidence.

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Ideas for Elementary School Classrooms with Students Who Have ADHD
Ideas for Elementary School Classrooms with Students Who Have ADHD
by Bill Sands April 2017

When teaching students with ADHD, it's important to have a well-stocked reserve of entertaining and informative activities to help them stay focused. Read on for some fun ideas that are sure to keep your students engaged.

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Use Pop Culture in Your Lessons to Engage Students
Use Pop Culture in Your Lessons to Engage Students
by Erin Riskey March 2017

When it comes to teaching your students, it can be very helpful to use lessons that they can relate to. Keep reading to learn how incorporating pop culture into your classroom can engage your students and make them more motivated learners.

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What to Do When Student-Centered Learning Isn't Helping
What to Do When Student-Centered Learning Isn't Helping
by Rachel Tustin March 2017

It is popular in schools across the country to make the leap from a teacher-centered to a student-centered model of instruction. Often though, educators end up feeling as if it isn't helping. When this happens, it requires deep reflection on the teacher's part to refine their student-centered toolbox.

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The Trick to Finding More Time for Collaborating with Other Teachers
The Trick to Finding More Time for Collaborating with Other Teachers
by Michelle Garrigan-Durant March 2017

Most teachers don't have a lot of extra time to work more with their peers, yet studies have shown that teacher collaboration leads to increased student achievement. Read on for tricks to finding more time to collaborate with other teachers, no time machine needed.

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Make Better Use of the School Library to Get Students Excited About Books
Make Better Use of the School Library to Get Students Excited About Books
by Amanda Johnson March 2017

If you're trying to find ways to encourage your students to read, why not try incorporating your school library into the mix? Discover how you can use your library and all of its resources to motivate your students to read.

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How to Squeeze the Most Value Out of Having a Teaching Assistant
How to Squeeze the Most Value Out of Having a Teaching Assistant
by Rachel Tustin March 2017

Some of us may have no idea what to do with our teaching assistant. In other cases, we may be tempted to let them do a bit too much of our teaching duties. Finding balance is key to squeezing the value out of having a teaching assistant in your classroom.

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Six Expert Tips for Integrating Technology into the Classroom for the First Time
Six Expert Tips for Integrating Technology into the Classroom for the First Time
by Howard Pitler November 2017

Technology is a great tool to add to your teacher toolbox. Before you make the leap into technology integration here are important tips to help you find success.

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Combat Boredom in the Your Elementary Classroom
Combat Boredom in the Your Elementary Classroom
by Bill Sands February 2017

Preventing boredom is an essential but difficult part of teaching. By identifying the causes of boredom, educators can keep students alert and focused. Let's explore some strategies for fighting boredom among your elementary students.

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Tips for Managing a Large Class Size
Tips for Managing a Large Class Size
by Zach Griffin December 2017

Every teacher knows that managing a classroom is one of the biggest parts of their job, and doing it properly fosters stronger learning environments. Yet, accomplishing that goal becomes increasingly difficult as class sizes grow. Here we'll discuss tips for managing larger class sizes to help you effectively reach your students.

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How to Incorporate Project-Based Learning in Your Classroom
How to Incorporate Project-Based Learning in Your Classroom
by Amanda Johnson January 2017

Project based learning (PBL) is a new way to teach students key skills in critical thinking, communication, collaboration, time management and more. With the right tools and guidelines, you can implement your own PBL teaching style into your classroom.

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Why It's Important to Evaluate Yourself as a Teacher
Why It's Important to Evaluate Yourself as a Teacher
by Rachel Tustin January 2017

It is easy as teachers to just start going through the motions in our classroom. Stress, fatigue, and numerous other factors can drive you to it. However, engaging in self-reflection is a way for teachers to continue to grow as professionals.

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5 Things to Know About Creating a BYOD Classroom
5 Things to Know About Creating a BYOD Classroom
by Amanda Johnson January 2017

The BYOD classroom promotes the use of personal electronic devices to further engage students and encourage interactive exploration of course materials. Here are five tips for creating a successful BYOD environment in your own classroom.

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Why You Should Implement Microlearning in the Classroom
Why You Should Implement Microlearning in the Classroom
by Michelle Garrigan-Durant February 2017

Microlearning, or small, focused lessons, may have gained popularity due to eLearning, but it can be incorporated into a variety of settings, regardless of grade level or subject area. Read on for more information about microlearning and how it can be implemented in your classroom.

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Tips for a Smooth Transition If You Need to Change Classrooms
Tips for a Smooth Transition If You Need to Change Classrooms
by Patricia Willis February 2017

Transitioning to a new classroom can be a headache if you aren't prepared, but with a few simple tricks, you can turn it into an adventure that even your students can get excited about.

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5 Leadership Qualities All Teachers Should Try to Emulate
5 Leadership Qualities All Teachers Should Try to Emulate
by Rachel Tustin January 2017

In order to improve education, our teachers need to exemplify the leadership qualities. These include being approachable and communicative, passionate, committed, and innovative.

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How to Get Back Into Your Teaching Routine After a Long Break
How to Get Back Into Your Teaching Routine After a Long Break
by Bill Sands November 2017

Extended breaks can be a good chance for teachers to recover, but they also pose a serious threat to your daily routine. Learning how to prevent such disruptions is an essential skill for all teachers.

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Using Technology Can Change Your Classroom for the Better
Using Technology Can Change Your Classroom for the Better
by Erin Riskey February 2017

If one thing is for certain, it's that technology has a major presence in the world today. It also doesn't seem to be going anywhere, so why not use it to your advantage in teaching? Learn how using technology can change your classroom for the better.

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Tips from Teachers on Staying Energized When the Going Gets Tough
Tips from Teachers on Staying Energized When the Going Gets Tough
by Jessica Lyons January 2017

Each year there are new teachers that already feel so burned out they decide to leave the profession. Study.com asked 2 expert teachers for their advice on maintaining your passion as a new teacher.

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Master Multitasking in Your Classroom to Amp up Efficiency
Master Multitasking in Your Classroom to Amp up Efficiency
by Michelle Garrigan-Durant January 2017

While teachers are required to multitask on a daily basis, there are ways to improve your multitasking skills, and times to avoid juggling multiple tasks, that will help increase classroom efficiency.

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7 Strategies for Developing Your Own Curriculum as a New Teacher
7 Strategies for Developing Your Own Curriculum as a New Teacher
by Amanda Johnson January 2017

Developing curriculum is a tough assignment for first year teachers. However, understanding what to expect and preparing ahead of time can be of great help. Here's a list of strategies for curriculum building from various teaching professionals.

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