These blog posts are a rich resource for anything a teacher might be interested in, from teacher burn-out, teacher certifications, classroom management, and more!
Are you gearing up for your first year of teaching and feeling a little nervous? Never fear! In this post, we've compiled six things you can do to feel more confident as your first year of teaching approaches.
Do you feel like something is missing from your life as a teacher? Maybe it's your work spouse. Read on to find out why every teacher needs one to get them through highs and lows.
We know you want to start the school year off on the right foot. Here are four tips for what all teachers should be sure to do on the first day of their classes.
DoDEA teachers work with students of military families around the world. Working as a DoDEA teacher can be very rewarding, both personally and professionally. Read on to learn how online resources can support your professional journey to becoming a DoDEA teacher, and start packing your bags!
Preparing for a new school year can be a bit overwhelming for teachers, but it doesn't have to be. With the right approach and proper planning, the transition from summer to school can be smooth and successful.
By now, you've probably integrated some degree of technology into your teaching, but have you thought about how tech can make your upcoming school year a super success? In this post, we'll explore three ways teachers can use technology to enhance learning and have a successful school year.
Your college essay allows admissions officers to learn more about who you are as an individual. If you want to get noticed, you'll need to write an essay that leaves an indelible impression. Here are five secrets to writing an unforgettable college essay.
Having a gifted child can certainly be a blessing, but it can also present a distinct challenge for parents. How can they support their gifted child and help him or her reach full potential? Read on for four methods that parents can use to help their child get the most out of his or her giftedness.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Letting students ask important questions anonymously allows teachers to further their classroom discussions without shining a spotlight where it's least welcome.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Are you wondering if music should accompany your classroom activities? Listen to this resounding chorus of positive reasons to use music in the classroom.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In a highly charged political climate like ours, strongly held opinions can lead to disruptions in the classroom unless handled carefully and creatively.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.