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How Gifted Students Can Help Teachers Get Other Students Engaged
How Gifted Students Can Help Teachers Get Other Students Engaged
by Michelle Garrigan-Durant May 2018

Gifted and talented students are often quick learners with high levels of curiosity, as well as the ability to think abstractly and problem solve. In this article find out how the unique characteristics of gifted students can help teachers get other students engaged in the classroom.

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3 Ways Technology Can Help You Support Gifted Students
3 Ways Technology Can Help You Support Gifted Students
by Erin Riskey May 2018

We know that technology has the power to transform the way children learn; this may be particularly true for gifted students, as they have their own unique set of often overlooked needs. Keep reading to learn three ways in which technology can help you support gifted students.

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4 Ways Parents Can Engage Gifted Students During Summer Vacation
4 Ways Parents Can Engage Gifted Students During Summer Vacation
by Michelle Baumgartner May 2018

Summer vacation, with its leisurely stretches of unstructured time, may be an ideal season for your gifted child to learn and grow outside of an academic setting. Here are four ways parents can keep children actively engaged in learning, even during the lazy days of summer.

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How Teachers Can Set Students Up for Success During the Summer
How Teachers Can Set Students Up for Success During the Summer
by Erin Riskey May 2018

Teachers work hard to ensure that their students are successful throughout the school year, but how can they be sure that success will carry over into the summer months? In this post, we'll explore some ways in which teachers can encourage learning during summer vacation.

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End of the Year Tricks Teachers Can Use to Prevent the Summer Slump
End of the Year Tricks Teachers Can Use to Prevent the Summer Slump
by Michelle Garrigan-Durant April 2018

The summer slump may seem beyond your control. However, there are some teacher tips for both students and parents that will encourage summer learning and keep skills sharp before the next school year starts.

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4 Mistakes to Avoid When Preparing for FTCE, GACE or TExES Tests
4 Mistakes to Avoid When Preparing for FTCE, GACE or TExES Tests
by Michelle Baumgartner April 2018

The FTCE, GACE and TExES exams are mandatory teacher certification tests. If you're planning to teach in Florida, Georgia or Texas, you know that your career plans depend upon your test performance, so be sure to avoid these four costly mistakes.

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4 Teacher Tips for Communicating with Parents
4 Teacher Tips for Communicating with Parents
by Erin Riskey April 2018

Effective parent-teacher communication is an important aspect of a successful school year, but what are some of the best ways to establish open lines of communication with your students' parents? Keep reading for four teacher tips that can make communicating with parents easier and more efficient.

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Want a Blended Classroom Next Year? Here's What You Should Do Now.
Want a Blended Classroom Next Year? Here's What You Should Do Now.
by Bill Sands April 2018

Creating a blended classroom for next year can be a big task. Blended classrooms are a recent trend that has gained momentum in the educational sector. If you're thinking of introducing one next year, here's a list of tasks you might want to consider immediately.

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How to Have a Great First Day as a Substitute Teacher
How to Have a Great First Day as a Substitute Teacher
by Erin Riskey April 2018

Preparing for your first day as a substitute teacher can be nerve-racking and even a bit scary. Will the students respect you and take you seriously? Will you be comfortable with the subject material? Keep reading for some tips and advice that can help you have a great first day as a substitute teacher.

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4 Tech Tools You Should Use in Your Classroom
4 Tech Tools You Should Use in Your Classroom
by Erin Riskey April 2018

When used appropriately, technology can definitely enhance both teaching and learning in the classroom, but how do you know which tech tools are the most beneficial? In this post, you'll get the details on four great tech tools that you should be using to boost learning in your classroom.

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How Teachers Can Stay Motivated at the End of the School Year
How Teachers Can Stay Motivated at the End of the School Year
by Rachael Pasini March 2018

Are you a teacher struggling to stay motivated at the end of the school year? With summer vacation right around the corner, it can be hard to maintain your enthusiasm. Consider these tips for keeping your energy level up during the last few months of school.

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How to Keep Students Engaged Before Spring Break
How to Keep Students Engaged Before Spring Break
by Erin Riskey March 2018

When spring break approaches, you might find that your students tend to get a bit antsy, and their engagement levels may even start to plummet as their excitement over the upcoming time off increases. In today's post, we'll explore some great ways to keep your students engaged before spring break.

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How Teachers can Motivate Students in the Spring
How Teachers can Motivate Students in the Spring
by Rachael Pasini March 2018

Spring is a season of renewal as well the beginning of the countdown to summer break, which can leave both students and teachers struggling to stay motivated. Here are some ways to boost motivation, prevent burnout, and enjoy the remaining weeks in the classroom.

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What We Can Learn from the West Virginia Teachers' Win
What We Can Learn from the West Virginia Teachers' Win
by Michele Vrouvas March 2018

When West Virginia teachers won a 5% pay hike, they ended their nine day strike. But the debate they triggered--as old as public education itself--continues in other states. Here are ways that teachers can make sense of this high-interest topic and use it to engage students in active learning across the social science curriculum.

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Summer Classes Don't Have to Be Boring for You or Students - Use These Tips to Make Them Engaging
Summer Classes Don't Have to Be Boring for You or Students - Use These Tips to Make Them Engaging
by Erin Riskey February 2018

As you might imagine, summer classes can present a unique challenge for both teachers and students. In this post, we'll explore some tips that can up the engagement level and reduce boredom as you teach summer classes.

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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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How I Got My Students to Be Curious & Enjoy Learning
How I Got My Students to Be Curious & Enjoy Learning
by Rachel Tustin February 2018

If we want students to learn, engaging their curiosity is a key component in 'priming' the brain. However, while you are turning on their curiosity, there is no reason you can't make it enjoyable, too!

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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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Teachers Can Be Bullied Too: My Story & How I Stopped the Bullies
Teachers Can Be Bullied Too: My Story & How I Stopped the Bullies
by Rachel Tustin January 2018

When you hear the word bullying, you probably think of children being bullied on the playground. However, teachers suffer from bullying just as much as the students they try to shield.

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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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I Tried Assigning Less Homework to My Students: Here's What Happened
I Tried Assigning Less Homework to My Students: Here's What Happened
by Rachel Tustin January 2018

As educators, we have all listened to every facet of the homework debate for our entire careers. Personally, when I embraced less homework I saw nothing but positive results for myself and my students.

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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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Why I Always Keep an Anonymous Question Box in My Classroom
Why I Always Keep an Anonymous Question Box in My Classroom
by Patricia Willis January 2018

Letting students ask important questions anonymously allows teachers to further their classroom discussions without shining a spotlight where it's least welcome.

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Why Teachers Are Essential to Eliminating the Stigma of Mental Health in the Classroom
Why Teachers Are Essential to Eliminating the Stigma of Mental Health in the Classroom
by Rachel Tustin January 2018

Mental illness is a problem that pervades every aspect of our society, including our children's classrooms. However, rather than handicap teachers, we should equip them for their essential role in helping eliminate the stigma surrounding mental illness.

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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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Tricks for Dealing with Difficult Children in Your Classroom
Tricks for Dealing with Difficult Children in Your Classroom
by Bill Sands January 2018

Misbehaving students are just another part of the job when it comes to teaching, but that doesn't mean there's nothing you can do about it. Use these strategies to manage classroom behavior and navigate difficult situations.

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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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My Tips for Creating an Inclusive Classroom
My Tips for Creating an Inclusive Classroom
by Patricia Willis January 2018

In a time when society seems more polarized than ever, teaching students in an inclusive environment is increasingly important. This is how I created one, and why it's the best gift I could give my students.

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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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The 5 Types of Colleges Every Student Should Apply To
The 5 Types of Colleges Every Student Should Apply To
by Svitlana Kostenko December 2017

With college application season in full swing (many are due on January 1!), Study.com has created a useful infographic that outlines the 5 types of colleges every student should apply to. From the dream school to the low-cost school, it is important for every college-bound student to cast a wide enough net to cater to a variety of college needs and account for unexpected life changes.

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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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I Tried Breathing Exercises with Kids in My Class, and You Can Too!
I Tried Breathing Exercises with Kids in My Class, and You Can Too!
by Patricia Willis November 2017

Practiced alone, mindful breathing can help to reduce stress and provide more balance. But practiced with your students, it can lead to better self-control and a more harmonious classroom.

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How Long Does It Take to Get a Teaching Certificate?
How Long Does It Take to Get a Teaching Certificate?
by Rachel Tustin November 2017

Teaching programs are challenging, requiring a combination of exams, coursework, and internships to prepare you for the classroom. However, if you have a clear vision of the path to success, you can become an amazing teacher!

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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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How All Teachers Can Utilize Total Physical Response (TPR)
How All Teachers Can Utilize Total Physical Response (TPR)
by Patricia Willis December 2017

Total Physical Response, or TPR, allows students to create a mental link between language and movement and provides teachers with a valuable tool that can increase learning in other subjects as well.

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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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Going Back to Teaching After a Few Years Off Isn't Like Riding a Bike
Going Back to Teaching After a Few Years Off Isn't Like Riding a Bike
by Rachel Tustin December 2017

There are jobs where you can take a break for a few years, come back, and it's as if you never left. Teaching, unfortunately, isn't one of those careers. When you are returning to the classroom after a few years off, you have to be prepared for some bumps in the road.

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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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Are Tougher Tests the Reason for the U.S. Teacher Shortage?
Are Tougher Tests the Reason for the U.S. Teacher Shortage?
by Rachel Tustin December 2017

The teacher shortage in America will only continue to grow in the coming decades. While there are many issues feeding the teacher shortage, more difficult testing is a significant challenge for school districts across the nation.

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Why Every Teacher Should Travel Abroad
Why Every Teacher Should Travel Abroad
by Bill Sands September 2017

Traveling abroad can be a wonderful opportunity for professional and personal growth, especially for teachers. Learn more about how spending time in another country can make you a better person and teacher.

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Should I Start Blogging as a Teacher? Do People Care About What I Have to Say?
Should I Start Blogging as a Teacher? Do People Care About What I Have to Say?
by Rachel Tustin November 2017

As teachers, we often find ourselves isolated in our classrooms. We want to share our knowledge, but we struggle to find ways to do it. Blogging might be the perfect way for you to share your professional expertise with a wider audience.

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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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5 Lessons I've Learned From Creating My College Resume
5 Lessons I've Learned From Creating My College Resume
by Patricia Willis November 2017

Your college resume is a snapshot of your accomplishments and a great way to showcase your value. Using lessons I learned can help produce a winning resume that gets noticed.

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Is It Possible To Get Good ACT or SAT Scores Without Studying?
Is It Possible To Get Good ACT or SAT Scores Without Studying?
by Rachel Tustin December 2017

The SAT and the ACT are among the high-stakes tests students are required to take as part of their college application process. Some students believe that if you are smart, you can get good scores without studying. However, that mindset can be disastrous.

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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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Should I Write in My SAT/ACT Test Booklet?
Should I Write in My SAT/ACT Test Booklet?
by Bill Sands November 2017

Students are not allowed to leave stray marks on their answer sheets for the SAT and ACT, but no such rule applies to test booklets. Making notes on this part of the test is allowed and can even help you improve your score.

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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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Should I Take the ACT, SAT or Both? - Pros and Cons of Each Test
Should I Take the ACT, SAT or Both? - Pros and Cons of Each Test
by Bill Sands September 2017

Though the SAT and ACT may seem like very similar exams, these tests have several major differences. By learning more about these exams, you can pick the one that best suits your testing preferences and learning style.

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What Parents Really Think About Online Tutoring for ACT/SAT and Other Test Prep
What Parents Really Think About Online Tutoring for ACT/SAT and Other Test Prep
by Bill Sands November 2017

Online tutoring is an increasingly popular option for test prep, but parents remain divided on its benefits. Some families embrace it for the accessibility and innovations it offers, while others remain hesitant due to concerns about quality and unfamiliarity.

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SAT/ACT Tutors - How to Decide If You Need One and Find the Perfect Fit For You
SAT/ACT Tutors - How to Decide If You Need One and Find the Perfect Fit For You
by Bill Sands September 2017

Tutors are an excellent resource when it comes to test prep, but only if you pick the right one. Learn more about the role these instructors play and find out how to choose a tutor who can best help you.

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Should I Help My Child Apply to College? - Words of Wisdom From Parents of Successful Kids
Should I Help My Child Apply to College? - Words of Wisdom From Parents of Successful Kids
by Rachel Tustin November 2017

Parents often question how much they should be involved in the college application process of their child. The answer isn't an easy one. However, there are some tried and true parts of the college application process where you will want to step in and help your child navigate.

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How Many College Applications is Too Many?
How Many College Applications is Too Many?
by Bill Sands September 2017

While most students spend time trying to decide where to apply to college, they should also be considering how many applications to send out. Applying to too many schools can lead to a heavier workload, added stress, and tougher decisions.

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Five Things I Learned About Teaching I Want to Incorporate into the New School Year
Five Things I Learned About Teaching I Want to Incorporate into the New School Year
by Rachel Tustin December 2017

Every school year, teachers approach their classrooms with ideas to freshen up their instruction based on what they've learned during their careers. Here are five strategies I want to incorporate into my teaching this school year!

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What to Wear on Exam Day & Other Tips on Successfully Passing the ACT & SAT
What to Wear on Exam Day & Other Tips on Successfully Passing the ACT & SAT
by Bill Sands September 2017

When it comes time to take a standardized test, knowing the content isn't the only way you can improve your chances of success. Picking the proper attire, along with other test-taking strategies, has a major impact on your performance.

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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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Why I Went to Community College Even Though I Already Had a Degree
Why I Went to Community College Even Though I Already Had a Degree
by Rachel Tustin November 2017

Returning to community college after earning a bachelor's degree is not easy. However, in some situations the decision to go back can be life changing. Here is my story of returning to community college.

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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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How to Get Hired At A Private School Without a Teaching Certificate
How to Get Hired At A Private School Without a Teaching Certificate
by Rachel Tustin December 2017

Whether you are a recent graduate or switching careers, you may be a good fit for a private school educator role. You may not need a teaching certificate to teach at a private school if you're experienced in your field or have a unique and relevant background.

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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 I Knew It Was Time to Teach at a Different School
How I Knew It Was Time to Teach at a Different School
by Rachel Tustin November 2017

Teaching is a challenging and often stressful profession. No doubt, you go to work on many days wondering if you should stay or go on to a new school. As I learned in my own teaching career, there are usually clear signs when it's time to move on.

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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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3 Books That Every New Teacher Should Read
3 Books That Every New Teacher Should Read
by Amanda Johnson July 2017

Are you a new teacher looking for a few quick, yet informative, reads? From strategic teaching resources and lighthearted stories from the classroom to reflections on the call to teach, these three books provide a well-rounded glimpse into the world of teaching.

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How Accepting Late Assignments Helped My Students
How Accepting Late Assignments Helped My Students
by Rachel Tustin December 2017

Late work is often a hot topic for teachers and administrators. However, as teachers, our primary goal should be to educate students. Sometimes that means bending the rules and accepting late work to help our students be successful.

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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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What I Learned on My First Day of Teaching That I've Never Forgotten
What I Learned on My First Day of Teaching That I've Never Forgotten
by Rachel Tustin November 2017

The first day of school is nerve-racking for students and teachers alike. Your first day in the classroom is full of joy and chaos, and sometimes they happen in the same moment. There are lessons teachers learn on the first day of school that they never forget.

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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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I'm a Teacher and Here's My Honest Opinion on Standardized Tests
I'm a Teacher and Here's My Honest Opinion on Standardized Tests
by Rachel Tustin November 2017

Standardized testing is a hard reality we face as educators. It is a high stress, high stakes, and high pressure system that often drives our instructional decisions. So take a moment and listen to a teacher's honest opinion of standardized testing.

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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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How a Year-Long Project Made My Students Focused and Passionate
How a Year-Long Project Made My Students Focused and Passionate
by Rachel Tustin December 2017

Are you daunted by the prospect of projects in your classroom? Don't be. Year-long projects can ignite passion and focus in your students if you make them meaningful to both of you.

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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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What You Can Learn from My Experience as a Young Teacher
What You Can Learn from My Experience as a Young Teacher
by Rachel Tustin December 2017

Being a young teacher is often so stressful you don't listen to advice that would make your life easier, and your teaching better. In my early years, I didn't listen enough and cost myself a lot of unnecessary work and stress. Here is my story.

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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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Why Is Summer Reading So Important for Kids' Success?
Why Is Summer Reading So Important for Kids' Success?
by Amanda Johnson July 2017

Summer reading is critical for students to retain knowledge and skills learned in the previous school year. Students who don't read are at risk of falling behind their classmates. Parents and teachers can avoid this by making sure kids take time to read.

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Should Computers Replace Teachers in Class?
Should Computers Replace Teachers in Class?
by Patricia Willis December 2017

Whether humans can or should be replaced by machines in the classroom is a hotly debated topic and one that deserves serious consideration. How far are we prepared to go to give our students a superior education?

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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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The 8 Best Movies to Show in Your High School History Classroom
The 8 Best Movies to Show in Your High School History Classroom
by Bill Sands July 2017

Movies can be an effective teaching tool when it comes to history, but you need to be sure that your selections are providing accurate information. Check out these recommendations for films that are both informative and entertaining.

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Why You Shouldn't Spend Your Own Money on Classroom Supplies
Why You Shouldn't Spend Your Own Money on Classroom Supplies
by Rachel Tustin December 2017

Classroom supplies are critical to teachers being able to do their jobs everyday. However, across America teachers spend large amounts of money out of their pockets to get the supplies they need. Teachers should stop spending their own money on classroom supplies and get creative in funding those needs.

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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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How My Favorite Teacher Influenced My Teaching Philosophy
How My Favorite Teacher Influenced My Teaching Philosophy
by Patricia Willis December 2017

Never let it be said that a single person cannot change the world. It happened to me, thanks to one remarkable teacher who showed me the kind of instructor - and person - I wanted to be.

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Becoming a Mentor Is the Next Step in Your Professional Development
Becoming a Mentor Is the Next Step in Your Professional Development
by Rachel Tustin December 2017

Many advanced professionals shy away from mentoring. However, mentoring is a way you can build your professional profile while helping people at all levels of their careers.

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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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Why I Volunteered in My Kid's Classroom and You Should Too
Why I Volunteered in My Kid's Classroom and You Should Too
by Patricia Willis November 2017

Volunteering in your child's classroom benefits you, your child, the teacher, and your school community. It's something every parent should consider doing - no matter how busy you think you are.

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How I Improved My Relationship with My Child's Teacher
How I Improved My Relationship with My Child's Teacher
by Patricia Willis November 2017

When my son returned to school after many years as a homeschooler, I faced the inevitable issues of learning to deal with another teacher in my place. It took time and effort to develop a good relationship, but it was worth every bit to give him the support he needed.

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What We Can Change in Our Schools to Better Prepare Students for College
What We Can Change in Our Schools to Better Prepare Students for College
by Rachel Tustin December 2017

Success in college isn't just about grades and SAT scores. There are many key changes needed in schools to prepare students to be successful in college.

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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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Which Countries Treat Teachers Best?
Which Countries Treat Teachers Best?
by Michelle Garrigan-Durant December 2017

Most people agree that teaching is a challenging job. Is it easier in some countries than in others? Read on to see which countries get an A+ for treating teachers the best, and which ones need remedial classes in the subject.

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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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What I Prefer My Students Call Me
What I Prefer My Students Call Me
by Patricia Willis December 2017

Are formal titles going out of style? I asked several teachers how they prefer students to address them, and not surprisingly, their answers were as different as they were.

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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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What Teachers Think About Excessive Video Gaming
What Teachers Think About Excessive Video Gaming
by Rachel Tustin December 2017

Video games are a hot topic amongst parents and teachers, with people arguing for and against their usefulness. However, when structured appropriately, video graming can be a powerful educational tool.

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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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