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.

  • 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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  • How to Create an Oral History Rubric

    Posted February 5, 2013

    In history education, teachers often will find a way to help students understand what the expectation is for particular projects by providing an oral history rubric to follow. A rubric, in general, is a tool used by teachers that sets up criteria for grading assignments and projects submitted by students. It allows students to go…

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  • Three Websites For Project-Based Learning

    Posted February 5, 2013

    Project-based learning has become a popular educational method in recent years. As a result, there are a growing number of online resources that educators can turn to when searching for information about project-based learning websites. Here are three websites that stand out as excellent resources for educators to use to develop and enhance their project-based lesson…

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  • Four Resources That Will Help Visual Learners

    Posted January 14, 2013

    Everyone learns at a different pace and in a different style. Some people do best with a hands-on approach, while others are visual learners who process information easier when they are able to see it in the forms of a chart, diagram demonstration or video. Here are four Web resources for visual learners to use…

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  • Four Tips for Using Game Technology to Engage Students

    Posted January 14, 2013

    Because many young people spend hours every week playing games, educators may want to consider using game technology to engage their students. Games often require players to solve problems, complete tasks in a particular order and experiment with simulations. Kids who are excited about playing games on Xbox, Wii or on an Internet-connected computer will…

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  • Four Strategies Teachers Can Use to Prevent Senioritis

    Posted January 13, 2013

    As the end of the school year ends, some educators may face a challenge in keeping their graduating seniors in the classroom and paying attention to their lessons. According to a USA Today report, more than half of all high school seniors attempt to hold down jobs at the same time they are applying to colleges…

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  • Pros and Cons of Allowing Kids to Use Calculators in Math Class

    Posted January 11, 2013

    Are calculators a necessary tool in math classes? As a math teacher, it’s your job to know when it’s right to allow your students to use calculators in the classroom or when they should do all of the math themselves. It’s a tricky conundrum because, on the one hand, you want your students to be…

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  • Four Resources to Add Financial Literacy to Your Middle School Curriculum

    Posted January 10, 2013

    Is financial literacy really necessary for middle school students? Simply stated—yes. Even in prosperous times, children need to understand the value of a dollar. Teaching the basics of our financial system to middle school children will provide them with a foundation to build on as adults. The Internet makes buying (and charging) music, games, books and other…

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  • 6 Education Grants You May Never Heard Of

    Posted January 10, 2013

    Because of the high costs of a college education, returning to school and earning a degree is little more than a dream for some people. Fortunately, numerous education grants are available that can help fund a college education. While most people know about the Pell and other popular government grants, there are also quite a…

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  • Teaching Via Tech: Digital Advancements in the Classroom

    Posted January 10, 2013

    Technology has revolutionized the world, and educational professionals are reaping the benefits. As new generations embrace technology with a voracious appetite, teachers are learning to use ubiquitous gadgets and websites to connect with students on a deeper level that resonate beyond the last school bell of the day. Let’s take a look at some dynamic ways in…

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  • Five Ways Assistive Technology Helps Students With Down Syndrome

    Posted January 10, 2013

    Students with Down syndrome have delays with cognitive ability. Their brains have a delayed reaction when their neurological system sends a message to complete a task. This causes them to take longer to complete a task than their non-disabled classmates. But since federal legislation requires students with learning disabilities to be educated in the same…

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  • Five Simple Tips for Classroom Management

    Posted January 9, 2013

    As any experienced teacher knows, there is more to managing a classroom than simply standing in front of students and telling them what they will be learning on that particular day. These teachers know that good classroom management starts with organization and communication. These five quick, simple tips can help you organize and manager your…

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  • Five Tips to Encourage Student Collaboration

    Posted January 9, 2013

    Teamwork is an essential skill that students should learn at an early age. Students who collaborate with others build knowledge and learn to solve common problems. But building student collaboration in the classroom can sometimes be a challenge, but it’s important that teachers encourage it. Incentives Sometimes, all students need is a little push to…

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  • Which is Best: Teacher-Centered or Student-Centered Education?

    Posted December 31, 2012

    When considering their approach to instruction, teachers are always looking for the method that is most beneficial for all of their students. Teachers want their students to enjoy the learning process, and they want the classroom to be orderly and controlled. As a result, the debate of teacher-centered vs. student-centered education has been in the…

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  • What Feedback To Expect from a Classroom Observation

    Posted December 28, 2012

    When it comes to classroom observation teaching requirements, teachers may become frustrated with the process. However, with a principal or other higher level administrator visiting the classroom, it is critical to consider it a learning opportunity. From time management to teaching style, this type of observation is an opportunity to gain feedback that is valuable…

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  • Strategies to Improve Classroom Behavior and Academic Outcomes

    Posted December 26, 2012

    Taking measures to improve academic performance and outcome starts with improving the behavior of students in the classroom. Although it can seem challenging, teachers play a large role in creating an environment that encourages learning, improve student behavior and create better academic performance at every level of education. Teachers can accomplish amazing feats when the…

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  • Top 5 Elementary School Models in America

    Posted November 24, 2012

    One of the best things about elementary schools in America is the flexibility with which they can be run. For example, parents and educators have the opportunity to work together to create schools that fill well into their communities, while school districts can create schools from the ground up using a charter. Researchers from John…

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  • Ten Free Reading Comprehension Exercises Online

    Posted November 23, 2012

    When a student has difficulty comprehending what he or she is reading, nearly all subjects in a school career are affected. There is a link between poor reading comprehension skills and crime, as well as poverty: Sadly, 85 percent of the juveniles in prison are functionally illiterate. More than 40 percent of the adults living at the poverty…

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