A Blog for Teachers

Our featured stories are an amalgamation of all things education—you’ll find articles on trends and challenges facing present-day educators, as well as resources that help educators successfully navigate through any demanding environment.

  • The Benefits of Teaching STEAM Lessons

    Posted July 21, 2017

    There’s been a big push for incorporating lessons and activities that use STEAM: science, technology, engineering, art, and math. But how exactly do these multilayered projects help students? Here are some of the specific ways in which students can benefit from STEAM in the classroom. Exposes students to the creative process: When students engage in…

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  • What It’s Like to Transition From Teacher to Administrator

    Posted July 17, 2017

    School administrators often wear multiple hats just like teachers do, but what is it really like to go from being a classroom teacher to an administrator? Meet Sharon Langley and Whitney Meyer, two administrators who know exactly what this journey entails. They graciously agreed to share their thoughts, experiences, and advice with us.   Whitney…

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  • 10 Twitter Accounts Every Teacher Should Follow

    Posted July 12, 2017

    Without question, Twitter has become a hotspot for education-related tips, tricks, and talks. Just search any of the hashtags #EdTalks, #EdChat, or even #TeacherProblems and you’re instantly connected to a network of passionate educators sharing their experiences and insights into the education world. From nonprofits to everyday teachers, here are a few accounts we like to follow….

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  • Enter to Win: Online Arts Integration & STEAM Conference Tickets Up For Grabs

    Posted July 10, 2017

    You know the whole STEM to STEAM movement? We’re completely on board. For students to be prepared for the ever-evolving job market and the needs of society tomorrow (and the day after that, and the day after that), STEM initiatives that immerse them in science, technology, engineering, and math are crucial. But so is layering in…

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  • Sowing the Seeds: Using Plants to Keep Kids Learning Over the Summer

    Posted July 3, 2017

    Summer is a perfect time for students to engage with the physical world and, quite literally, get their hands dirty as they learn. This is especially true because so many families grow gardens full of herbs, vegetables, fruit, and flowers in the summer. Growing things over the summer gives kids practical skills and helps them…

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  • June 2017 Monthly Round-Up For Educators

    Posted June 30, 2017

    As educators, we know it’s critical to stay up-to-date with current events and trending topics for our classrooms. But with so many different resources out there (and not a lot of time), it’s hard to keep up! So, welcome to your monthly article roundup, where we’ll compile a few articles from the past month that you may…

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  • 5 Children’s Books That Teach Empathy

    Posted June 29, 2017

    Literature can help children learn to see the world through someone else’s eyes, and developing empathy for characters can help them understand people better. Students, staff, and alumni of Concordia University-Portland weighed in on this topic, and came up with five highly recommended children’s books that teach empathy in creative ways. 1. Horton Hatches The…

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  • 7 Reactions to ’13 Reasons Why’

    Posted June 28, 2017

    Earlier this year, Netflix released a new series based on a bestselling 2007 YA novel by Jay Asher—and it’s got people talking, a lot. From start to finish, 13 Reasons Why tells the story of Hannah Baker, a high school student who deals with everything from bullying to assault, and ultimately decides (we learn in episode one)…

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  • Gift Your Friend a Grant Toward Their MEd or EdD

    Posted June 27, 2017

    If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you’re already part of our #TenThousandStrong network here at Concordia University-Portland. Perhaps you’re a current student or an alum—either way, we hope you know how thankful we are that that you chose to continue your studies with us. As a token of that appreciation, we have a really cool opportunity for…

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  • Two-Way Teaching: Embracing the Value of Students’ Perspectives

    Posted June 26, 2017

    The idea that teachers know more than students is central to education. But there is also value in bringing student voices into the classroom and making their ideas and experiences an integral part of the class. “In the past, teaching was seen as top-down content delivery, a process of teachers pouring knowledge into students,” says…

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  • Summer Self-Care for Teachers: How to Relax, Recover, and Prepare for Fall

    Posted June 7, 2017

    The last day of school is always bittersweet: Saying goodbye to students can be tough, but usually teachers are so exhausted when summer comes around that they need some time to recover. As you prepare to close up shop for the summer, consider these five summertime tips for relaxing, recovering and preparing for fall. Before…

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  • The Right Message for Each Audience: Communicating with Parents, Colleagues and the Public

    Posted May 30, 2017

    Imagine that your school district has recently adopted a new math curriculum that will significantly change how students learn new math concepts, approach homework and get evaluated. The explanations of how to do math problems and the expectations of students will be different from previous years — and probably different from what parents remember from…

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  • School Dress Codes Need to be Clear and Fair to Ensure Equal Enforcement

    Posted May 23, 2017

    A few months ago, my daughter and her friends came home on a Friday afternoon furious about a recent lecture on dress code. While I’m certain her teaching team had the students’ best interests at heart, the girls heard a different message: Their bodies are distractions that must be managed. Her school is not alone….

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  • When Teachers Become Better Listeners, Students Become Better Learners — Here’s Why

    Posted May 8, 2017

    Teachers spend a lot of time talking: explaining, leading conversations, giving demonstrations. But listening can be equally powerful — and it’s a skill that not everyone masters, often because people don’t realize its importance. Gillian Parrish, a research and communications specialist at the Teaching Center at Washington University in St. Louis, says educators are increasingly…

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  • Turn on, Tune in, Opt out: America’s Complex Relationship with Standardized Testing

    Posted May 3, 2017

    For the second year in a row, my daughter launched a full-fledged campaign against standardized testing. About a week before the tests began, she argued they were ineffective and unfair. She echoed the concerns of a variety of students, parents and teachers: It’s a bad measure, it’s stressful, it doesn’t influence grades, it takes too…

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  • How to Decide if You Should Get Out of Teaching — Or Make Things Better if You Want to Stay

    Posted May 1, 2017

    Teaching is one of the rare careers where it’s still common to stay in the same profession — possibly even in the same school — for a good portion of your career. For some teachers, this stability is part of the appeal. But for others, there comes a point where the joy is gone and…

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  • What Teachers Need to Keep in Mind Before Moving into an Administrative Job

    Posted April 10, 2017

    Classroom teaching brings fresh challenges each year. But after a time, some teachers want to step out of the classroom and shoulder broader responsibilities. Taking a job in administration is a common path for those who want to stay in education but extend their reach beyond one classroom. “A lot of times, teachers decide they…

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  • Beyond the Classroom: Career Options for Teachers

    Posted April 3, 2017

    Getting an advanced degree or a teaching credential prepares you, obviously, to be a teacher. But sometimes — either after a short time in the classroom or after decades on the job — teachers decide they want a different career. “When a teacher feels as though the whole profession has really lost its luster, or…

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  • Teachers Need a Strong Online Network to Build Connections and Improve Career Prospects

    Posted March 20, 2017

    Building a strong professional network will make your career more satisfying and help you through rough spots. People you have met in person — those you have taught with or attended school with, for example — will probably form the backbone of your network. But developing strong online networking skills is also crucial. Perhaps you…

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  • 5 Novels for Middle School Students that Celebrate Diversity

    Posted March 14, 2017

    We all want our students to see pieces of themselves in the stories they read. Novels promoting diversity, inclusion, compassion and awareness help students identify with the experiences and perspectives of people who are much like them — but with a few crucial differences. Here are five powerful novels that can help diversify the worldviews…

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