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!
Substitute teachers are often assigned a classroom without notice or prior knowledge of the lesson. However, ice breakers are a fantastic tool for building a rapport without much advance preparation. Read on for five ice breakers to use the next time you're on substitute teacher duty.
Are you looking for ways to make your life as a teacher just a bit easier? Or a lot easier? This blog post offers six unique hacks you can use in your classroom to improve your teaching life.
Are you a teacher or an administrator wondering what to focus your professional development on this year? This blog post explains why your first priority should be blended learning.
Starting your teaching career can be exciting, but you're also sure to have some jitters. Looking for some advice? We asked 7 educators to share their best tips with us to help new teachers have a successful school year.
At Study.com, we dedicate our product to helping teachers teach and students learn. If you want to maximize the classroom experience for everyone, you should try these features. Here's how to use them.
If you're a teacher looking to progress in your career, creating a professional development plan is an idea well worth considering. This blog post will teach you how to create a doable, well-organized plan.
Have you observed that some of the students in your new class are not quite at the level you expected? This blog post offers six unique tips about how to handle this common situation.
If you're about to begin a student teaching position and want to put your best foot forward, this blog post has six tips that can help you succeed and make a good impression.
Technology changes rapidly, even in the classroom. As a teacher, you want to make sure that both you and your students enjoy the most cutting-edge tools to enhance the classroom experience. Here's a guide to four technologies that can improve your classroom engagement in 2019.
If you're a teacher, you've probably heard of or even dabbled in differentiated instruction. This blog post offers five methods you can easily apply in your classroom to benefit from the differentiated instruction method.
Are you finding it difficult to manage the behavior of your K-12 students in the classroom? Whether you're new to teaching or a veteran educator, these unique tips will help you regain control.
Have you been feeling particularly stressed lately as a result of your teaching career? This blog post offers five tips specifically for teachers that can help to reduce stress.
This school year, start the semester off right by doing a fun, engaging ice breaker activity that will help your students get comfortable with one another. This blog post offers six creative options.
Are you a K-12 teacher about to start another school year? This blog post will help you understand the common mistakes teachers make during back-to-school season that you should try to avoid.
It's time for pencils, it's time for books. It's time for teachers' dirty looks. It's back-to-school time! Here are five classroom projects that will help students re-acclimate to the school environment and instill a sense of team building and promise.
Do you feel like you're wasting too much time grading every evening after you get home from school? Do you find the process tiring and stressful? This blog post will help you get the most out of grading in less time.
If you're a new teacher thinking about how to successfully lesson plan for the upcoming school year, you'll want to follow these six key tips that will help you be efficient and effective.
When you look around your elementary or middle school classroom this back-to-school season, do you see antsy students feeling trapped inside? Offer a change of pace by taking them outside into the nice fall air! This blog post covers some activities you can use for this purpose.
As a new teacher, you probably have a lot on your mind, but one thing you should be sure to think about is how you'll keep the border between your career and personal life clear. This blog post offers five strong suggestions for how you can maintain your work-life balance and avoid burning out in your first year of teaching.
Unfocused, scatter-brained students who just can't seem to settle down are a classic hallmark of the back-to-school period. This blog post will teach you how to turn those students into concentrating, participating, engaged citizens in your classroom.
If you're looking for some fun, engaging activities you can use to introduce yourself to your students as a first-year teacher, check out this blog post for ideas and inspiration.
If you're a new teacher hoping to succeed in your first year, there's one important thing you should definitely do: collect feedback throughout the year (instead of just at the end). This blog post will explain the benefits of doing so.
Are you worried about experiencing teacher burn-out? One way to avoid this is to ask your principal for a lighter workload. This blog post walks you through how to make that request in person.
Professional development, whether you like it or not, is a compulsory part of being a teacher, and it just so happens to be the case that summer is an ideal time to complete certain types of PD. Check out these ideas for which kinds of professional development you can get out of the way this summer.
Preparing for the next school year is a necessary part of summer vacation, but it doesn't have to be a nuisance that takes over your entire break. Check out this blog post for tips on how not to let your summer prep time bleed into summer chill time.
You've worked so hard to become a principal, but had no idea you would miss being in the classroom. Here are six fixes to help you cope when you're missing the classroom.
Not everybody loves to read, but everybody does have to do it - not only in the classroom, but in his or her life. Encourage your elementary and middle school students to find the fun in reading comprehension by using these four exciting activities.
Are you looking for a movie that you can show in your high school mathematics classroom, but having difficulty finding engaging and relevant options? If so, this is the blog post for you.
If you're a principal at a K-12 school, you've probably experienced some reluctance from your teaching staff about participating in professional development (PD). This blog post offers five ideas for how you can turn their hesitation into excitement.
Are you starting your teaching career this coming school year? This blog post covers the six most important things you'll need to do before you step on campus on your first day.
As a high school teacher, you've probably noticed your students' tendency to lose focus and mind-wander every so often. Don't worry, they just need a brain break! This blog post shows you how to give them one.
Do your students scream in terror every time they so much as hear the word 'essay?' This blog post offers five actionable tips for how you can get your students to stop being afraid of the e-word.
The school year is coming to an end. This is a bittersweet time, and one that doesn't exactly lend itself to an academically rigorous school day. Instead, consider one of these seven options for a fun way to end the year on a high note.
Have you heard of cooperative learning? Are you curious about how it could work in your own high school classroom? This blog post offers five tips for making your first cooperative learning attempt a smooth one.
If your K-12 students aren't having the intended response to your lesson plans, this blog post will help you figure out how to handle the situation in three simple steps.
Have you always wondered if you might have what it takes to become a teacher? It sounds like an interesting job, but is it the job for you? This blog post will help you figure out the answer to that question.
Most teachers are great at showering their students with perks and praise, but struggle to do it for themselves. It's time for a change! Thank a Teacher Day is not only a chance for students to show their gratitude, but also an opportunity for teachers to celebrate their journey as an educator.
It can be hard to resist trying to pull a prank on April Fools' Day, even if you're a student attending classes that day. Keep reading to find out pranks students have pulled.
Do you want to celebrate World Book Day in your classroom this April 23rd? Whether you teach science, history, math, or something else, this blog post offers some engaging options for you!
Happy Earth Day! If you want to celebrate our home planet in your elementary school classroom this year, this blog post offers six fun, creative ideas you can use.
Do you want to support the young writers in your classroom on this year's Encourage a Young Writer Day? If so, check out these five highly effective lesson plan options.
Are you a first-year teacher feeling a bit nervous about your first parent-teacher conferences? This blog is chock-full of tips you can use to make sure they go as smoothly as possible.
Do you want to take your students on a field trip but it's just not an option available to you right now? This blog post offers alternative ideas that will be just as interesting!
Have you found that several students are dominating your classroom discussions to the extent that it's becoming a problem? This blog post provides the solutions you need.
The flipped classroom is becoming more common; still, it may be difficult to transition from the classic to this more cutting-edge approach. These five simple steps will help you get started, or take your flipped classroom to the next level.
A lack of classroom resources is an unfortunate norm, wherein teachers often purchase supplies out of pocket to fill the gap. Sound familiar? Before you make your next purchase, keep reading and discover how to get funding for your classroom.
How many numbers of pi can you name? If it's at least three, you'll understand why Pi Day falls on March 14th. This blog post offers four fun in-class activity options that you can do in the name of pi.
Are you looking for ideas on how to celebrate National Grammar Day in your classroom? Look no further. This blog posts offers six great options in the form of engaging lesson plans.
Professional development (PD) is a major part of the experience and responsibility of being a teacher. Read on to find out all of the essentials of teacher professional development.
Students today live in both the physical and digital world, and it's essential to prepare them to become contributing citizens in both spaces. Incorporating digital citizenship into your classroom may seem daunting, but it can be accomplished seamlessly with minimum resources or the restructuring of a course.
While National Read Across America Day is an observation of Dr. Seuss's wonderful works, it's also an opportunity for your students to share in their love of books and reading. To get your classroom pumped, try these fun and creative activities.
For adults, St. Patrick's Day might just be an excuse to consume green-tinted beverages, but for kids, it's full of magic and wonder. Here are five fun facts you can share with your elementary and middle school students this St. Patrick's Day.
Lately, Americans have begun an important, national conversation about the right to be respected. This blog post will help you navigate your classroom's Valentine's Day celebration without making your students uncomfortable.
If you're a teacher trying to pump up your classroom discussions, check out this blog post for five tips as to how to get your students more engaged and involved.
Presidents' Day is more than just the second-most-romantic holiday in February. Check out this blog post for eight fascinating facts to share with your students about Presidents' Day.
Have you ever wanted to engage your students more in the learning process? If so, active learning might be the right approach for you. This blog post offers seven lesson plans perfect for active learning.
If you have a teacher observation coming up, you'll want to plan a lesson that shows you in your best light. This blog post offers six activities that will do just that.
If you're a teacher looking for suggestions on how to get the most out of the money that you put into your classroom supplies, look no further. Here's a list of useful tips you can implement immediately.
Blended learning is being used in more and more classrooms at all levels. Find out why three teachers decided to start using it and the impact it had.
The subjects that comprise STEM—science, technology, engineering and mathematics—are more crucial to our world than ever, but sometimes students are less than enthused to study them. In this post, we'll highlight four ways to encourage your students' interest in STEM.
Students usually don't love working together on group projects. But is this inevitable, or is there a way to reinvent traditional group work so that it becomes something more enjoyable? We believe in the latter. Check out this blog post to find out how.
Did you get a not-so-perfect teacher evaluation after your classroom observation and don't know what to do next? Well don't freak out. This blog post will tell you just how to handle it.
Feeling stressed about what to do with all of these unfamiliar students? Check out this blog post for ideas of what you can do in the classroom as a substitute teacher if the regular teacher hasn't left you a lesson plan.
Not many people get their own federal holiday. Martin Luther King, Jr. was special enough to be one of the honored few. Check out this blog post for five kid-friendly MLKJ facts.
Do you have students in your class who are learning English as a second language? Here are five ways you can make sure that your ESL students are getting as much out of your class as possible.
Distraction is inevitable - at home, at work, and in the classroom. This blog post offers suggestions for how to transform five common classroom distractions into engaging, academic materials.
Are you struggling with a difficult classroom? Check out this blog post for tips on how to use New Year's resolutions to help improve your students' behavior in the classroom.
If you're worried about assigning your students homework over the holidays, this blog post is for you! Check out five interesting ideas for types of homework your students will enjoy.
The holidays can evoke a sense of joy and excitement in your classroom, but they can also cause your students to become distracted and lose focus. In this post, you'll learn some fresh ideas for engaging students when they're distracted by the holidays.
Are you struggling with frustrating parents who seem to keep finding new ways to bother you? Check out this blog post for tips on how to handle parents who can't stop crossing boundaries.
A big part of a teacher's job is keeping his or her students engaged. If you're finding this particularly difficult after the holiday season, check out this blog post.
If you're a teacher experiencing a lack of support from your school, check out this blog post for our top tips on how to handle a difficult administration who won't support you.
Thanksgiving is coming! Check out this blog post for a few fun ideas on how to bring the holiday into your classroom in a way your students will enjoy.
Winter is right around the corner, and with it comes the possibility of a snow day here and there. But how should teachers spend a snow day, anyway? Read on to explore our not so run-of-the-mill suggestions.
If you want your students to be knowledgeable about the elections coming up in November, check out these recommendations for five lessons you can use to help them get up to date.
Fall is more than just pumpkin spice latte season; it's also one of the best times of year for teachers to engage their students. This blog post will tell you the four reasons why.
Are you a substitute teacher looking for a way to make a positive impact in the classroom? You might not have a lot of time, but you can certainly achieve your goal. Here four tips you can use.
Are you a high school English teacher looking for an educational movie to show in your classroom? Well, you're in luck! This blog post offers five great options.
Technology is transforming our world - and our classrooms. This article is a go-to guide for teachers looking to convince their school administrations to implement technology tools in the classroom.
We know that technology has the power to do great things in the classroom, but parents often need some extra convincing. If your students' parents are skeptical about classroom technology use, the pointers in this post can help you get them on board.
A new school year means new opportunities to introduce innovative lesson plans. Read on for a few ideas for lessons that will make your students excited to learn.
Are you still mourning the fact that you never got your invitation letter from Hogwarts? Well, it's not too late. If you want to attend Hogwarts every day, check out our suggestion for how to make your classroom feel more like the famed wizarding school.
Professional development can be an invaluable tool for teachers, but finding time to complete it can often pose a challenge. If you're struggling to fit professional development into your hectic schedule, check out the following pointers.
Teachers: have you discovered that your students are more tech-savvy than you? Are you struggling to keep up with them? Don't fret just yet! Read on for some advice that can help you make the most of your situation.
When it comes to teaching, lesson planning can often be one of the most time-consuming aspects of the profession. Fortunately, it doesn't have to be. Check out our top three strategies for helping teachers reduce the amount of time they spend on their lesson plans.
Are you having trouble with some of your students' difficult parents? Here are the four types of parents you're probably dealing with and how to handle them.
Are you finding yourself yawning in your classroom and struggling to make it through the day? Here are our tips for how to combat boredom as a teacher.
Sometimes a new school year can start off on the wrong foot, but that certainly doesn't mean that the entire year has to be a bear. Continue reading to discover four ways teachers can fix a school year that's off to a bad start.
The first week of school can be both a difficult and an exciting time in a teacher's life. Here's what you're probably thinking during this crazy week.
With a new school year rapidly approaching, you probably have a million and one things running through your mind, and it's no wonder as to why! Luckily, we can help you prepare. Check out eight important things that teachers should have on their back to school to-do lists.
Are you looking for a way to adapt your teaching style to different learning styles? Check out this article that suggests tips for how to do so successfully.
With the start of the school year right around the corner, a fresh batch of students will soon enter your classroom. You'd like to customize your lesson plans to optimize their learning experience. As you get to know your new students, try these suggestions to identify their learning styles.
Sometimes it can be tricky for teachers to create lesson plans that are both useful and engaging for their students, but in today's tech-driven world, nearly anything is possible. Continue reading to discover how technology can help teachers increase the engagement factor of their lessons.
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.