A Blog for Teachers

We are devoted to improving both student and teacher achievement, inside and outside the classroom. Our articles help examine the relationship between what to teach (curriculum) and how to teach (instruction). K-12 teachers will find resources that help foster a deeper learning environment and better student engagement.

  • 6 Effective Strategies to Motivate Reluctant Readers

    Posted August 8, 2017

    Students who avoid reading or seem disinterested can often be reached when different strategies are used to connect with them. First we have to find out why they are reluctant to read. Then we need to tap into their interests and strengths to motivate them. Here are a few common problems reluctant readers face and…

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  • Finding Free or Low-Cost School Supplies for Your Class

    Posted August 16, 2016

    Getting the right supplies for the start of school isn’t just a challenge for parents and students, but increasingly for teachers, too. Teachers, especially those who work in underserved communities, must find ways to provide academic necessities like pencils, paper and books for their students, often without funding from their school district. But gathering enough…

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  • Text-Based Office Hours: Remind Helps Teachers Improve Communication With Students and Parents

    Posted November 18, 2015

    In an age when email inboxes are overloaded and parent-teacher conferences may only occur twice per year, teachers can use a free tool called Remind to communicate with both students and parents. “Remind allows teachers to connect with students and parents via smartphone app or SMS mobile messaging,” said Brett Kopf, Remind’s CEO. Remind provides…

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  • Classroom Organization Advice From Expert Stacy Erickson

    Posted April 16, 2015

    Educators have a wide variety of needs when it comes to classroom management, but according to Stacy Erickson, most of the time they are generally just overwhelmed. That situation can often be addressed by reducing the amount of stimulation in the room. Giving teachers tips on classroom transitions and cleanup time In Erickson’s work as…

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  • Six Steps to Bring Peer Review into Your Classroom

    Posted November 1, 2013

    Peer review (also known as peer editing) is a great way to help children improve their writing skills and learn to interact socially. We’ve listed some tips for educators on how to integrate peer review strategies into their learning environments that will help students communicate better and enhance the educational setting: Help students understand the…

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  • Five Free Websites for Students to Build Research Skills

    Posted April 30, 2013

    Finding free Web resources for building research skills is essential for teachers who are on a restricted budget. Teachers can use the Internet to access amazing research resources, thanks to the U.S. government. From finding lesson plans to scanning patent applications, teachers can uncover a wealth of information on history, art, science, language arts, math,…

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  • Information That Should be in an 8th Grade Math Chart

    Posted March 4, 2013

    A mathematics chart for 8th grade students should provide fundamental math rules and steps needed to solve linear equations and geometrical functions. By this time, an eighth grader should have mastered the following mathematical concepts: Adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing decimals, fractions and whole numbers Turning a decimal into a percentage and vice versa What…

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  • 3 Resources for Improving your Elementary School’s Reading Program

    Posted March 4, 2013

    Developing an effective school reading program is vital to teaching literacy from an early age. If students are not able to develop the basic skills early, then they will struggle to read in the future. By making use of resources that help improve the reading program, it is possible to adjust the current teaching methods…

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  • Student Interventions: One Size Does Not Fit All

    Posted February 27, 2013

    A commonly missed step in improving a school-wide academic intervention system is to carefully consider the categories of students who need intervention. There are roughly three categories of students needing academic intervention: Academically high-need but motivated Academically capable but not motivated Academically high-need and not motivated Additionally, a student in any category may not have…

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  • 4 Downloadable High School Geometry Practice Worksheets

    Posted February 26, 2013

    For educators in search of high school geometry practice worksheets, the Internet an invaluable tool. However searching for some of the best websites can be daunting. Here we have compiled a list of four websites that provide downloadable high school geometry practice worksheets. We have linked to the exact page for these practice worksheets within…

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  • 3 Resources for Teaching Reading

    Posted February 25, 2013

    Making use of teaching reading resources can provide the opportunity to learn new skills, gain other opinions and work out new lesson plans. Although the best resources might vary slightly based on the grade level of students, some sources of information provide hints about teaching, tricks to improve student reading and a wide range of…

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  • Where to Find Division Puzzle Worksheets

    Posted February 25, 2013

    There are resources on the Internet that make available division puzzles worksheets, many of which are printable and free. Here is a list and details about some of these sites. Where applicable, we have linked to the area of the website that provides the division puzzle worksheets in the website description. MathBlaster.com This very well-designed…

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  • Get Your Students More Involved With Project-Based Learning

    Posted February 11, 2013

    Project-based learning is an educational approach that favors learning activities specifically designed to engage student motivation and interest in an active way. The projects and activities assigned are crafted to move students toward answering a question, proving a theory, solving a problem, or some other active, goal-oriented task. The projects also generally reflect society and…

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  • Three Ideas for Teaching Science to Elementary Students

    Posted February 11, 2013

    The term “science” is one that encompasses a broad world of phenomena and events such as weather, the solar system, animal and plant life and more. And while students will surely explore these niche aspects of science as they mature in the K-12 school system, at the elementary level it’s the job of the teacher…

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  • Methods for Addressing a Child Not Paying Attention in Class

    Posted February 11, 2013

    A child not paying attention in class is one of the most challenging things that a teacher endures. When students don’t pay attention in class, they miss out on the vital information that will help them succeed not only in elementary, middle or high school, but in college and the workforce as well. Fortunately, there…

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  • Where to Find Free, Downloadable 10th Grade Math Lesson Plans

    Posted February 11, 2013

    Lesson planning can be one of the more challenging aspects of teaching, and coming up with 10th grade math lesson plans is no exception. Creating a variety of lesson plans that fit various situations, and still address all the core information necessary to meet state requirements presents a unique challenge for any teacher. Fortunately, the…

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  • Three Tips for Quality Assessment in Elementary School

    Posted February 9, 2013

    Why is assessment in elementary school necessary? Two simple reasons shed light on its need: Teachers need data. To teach effectively, teachers need to know if their teaching methods are working and how well their students are learning. By assessing the progress of individual students as well as the class as a whole, a teacher…

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  • Apple Discounts For Teachers: What You Need To Know

    Posted February 9, 2013

    Apple Inc. offers discounted prices on different products for certain school districts. The Apple websites has detailed pricelists listing different Educational Institutions: grades K-12 and higher education as well. Take a closer look at how teachers, and students, are using their Apple products, and getting much more out of their classroom and study time: Because…

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  • Money-Making Alternatives to Teaching Summer School

    Posted February 9, 2013

    Many people are under the impression that teachers live a life of leisure during the summer. In most cases, that’s not the case. Because teachers do not draw a salary during the summer, most educators look for seasonal employment, or teach summer school. But there are other things teachers can do to earn money during the…

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  • Three Books Elementary Teachers Should Have in Their Math Book Collection

    Posted February 8, 2013

    Every elementary teacher has a math book collection. These are not necessarily textbooks or workbooks for students to use, but rather programs that teach and guide. These books may be resources used to help students who are struggling with various concepts. They could be storybooks that provide information and guidance about the struggles other children…

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