A Blog for Teachers

Consider this your online guide on challenges, issues and advice facing K-12 educators in the 21st century. You will find “how to” articles, list(s) of resources for the classroom and information on the latest education trends and theories. There is also information on higher education–for students and faculty–that will help both groups successfully navigate challenging learning environments.

  • Five Things to Remember Before Writing a Thesis

    Posted August 7, 2014

    A thesis paper is more than just an essay–it can be seen as a student’s legacy. A thesis helps define how a student analyzes, interprets, and conveys information, helping to mold his or her forthcoming accomplishments. The significance of thesis papers extend beyond formal education, as they can be referenced time and again on cover…

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  • Three Scaffolding Techniques to Enhance Common Core Standards Learning

    Posted November 1, 2013

    Teachers are advised to use “scaffolding” teaching techniques to meet Common Core State Standards requirements that students comprehend complex reading materials. Scaffolding is one of many recommended teaching strategies, and it needs to be distinguished from differentiated instruction. Differentiated instruction involves modifying assignments and making accommodations for individual students even to the point of providing…

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  • Positive Behavior Support in Schools – How Well Does it Work?

    Posted September 4, 2013

    The bell rings and noisy students stream out of classrooms into complete chaos: shoulder bumps, angry scowls, and displeasure abide. The alternative? A relatively quiet hallway with students walking in an orderly manner. Which creates an environment more conducive to learning? Positive Behavior Support defined Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS or PBS) seeks to…

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  • Anger Management: Five Tips for Keeping Playground Peace

    Posted August 20, 2013

    When it comes to anger management, playground personnel need highly developed skills to keep the kids under their supervision safe and happy. If you regularly supervise a rowdy bunch of children all running off their built-up steam, read on to find some tips for educators that will help you make recess the best possible experience…

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  • Five Benefits of Adding Gamification to Classrooms

    Posted June 11, 2013

    As educators look to new and inventive ways to engage students in the classroom, more and more teachers are looking to the gamification model for answers. For the uninitiated, gamification refers to a method of teaching that incorporates elements of video games, or a vast number of other types of games, into the teaching environment…

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  • Resources for Social Skills: Lesson Plans for Elementary Students

    Posted June 5, 2013

    Elementary social skills for students in these early grades are tied in with their success in school. Socially awkward or shy elementary school students often struggle during these formative learning years, so teachers and school counselors should include lesson plans that address social situations and the elementary social skills necessary to handle them. Elementary social…

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  • What is the Washington State STEM Lighthouse Program?

    Posted May 29, 2013

    The Washington State Legislature designated the STEM Lighthouse school program in 2010 as part of an overall strategy to improve Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education in the state. The Washington school program provides grants to high-performing STEM middle schools and high schools each year. Lighthouse schools use the funds to help other schools…

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  • Five Sample Lesson Plans for ELL Students

    Posted May 28, 2013

    Designing lessons for English Language Learners (ELL) students presents teachers with a dual challenge: Students must gain the language skills they need to progress in school and in life, but they also must continue to learn the other lessons that their peers are mastering. How can you, as a teacher, reach both of these important…

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  • Four STEM Curriculum Resources for After-School Programs

    Posted May 28, 2013

    The STEM curriculum should be a key feature in any school-related program. Helping children continue to grow and learn in their after-school programs can make a true difference in their overall education. STEM(science, technology, engineering, math) education programs focus on preparing students for the challenging, science-based fields that have increasing importance in the modern world. Further…

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  • 5 Online Vocabulary Builders for Elementary Students

    Posted May 24, 2013

    Whether you are working with kids learning English as a second language or looking to expand the vocabulary of native-speaking elementary students, online vocabulary builders are great additions to your teaching toolbox. These sites can help you add hundreds of words to the vocabulary of young children without boring rote memorization. InsideStory Flashcards Completely free,…

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  • 3 Examples of Effective Classroom Management

    Posted May 24, 2013

    There are few careers as challenging and rewarding as teaching, and as with any profession, there are tools of the trade that must be honed so teachers can perform effective classroom management. Classroom management is a necessary skill because without it, a teacher will have difficulty conveying what needs to be covered. Set guidelines and…

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  • Fun Smartboard Activities for Kindergarten Math

    Posted May 22, 2013

    Because of its interactive and flexible nature, the SMART Board has become one of the most widely-used tools for educators in all subject areas. SMART Board activities are available for every age group, including very young children. here are several effective SMART Board activities for kindergarten math. Ordering numbers game Learning to distinguish larger numbers…

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  • Web Research Skills: Teaching Your Students the Fundamentals

    Posted May 20, 2013

    It is ironic that in the era of the Internet anyone should have any issues concerning basic research skills. The Internet, after all, is the richest, most versatile, and most complete information repository in the history of mankind. While the Internet has greatly increased choices for and the quality of research tools, it has also brought…

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  • Women in STEM: Four Resources to Learn More About Female Scientists

    Posted May 16, 2013

    For educators and parents who want to provide girls with more information about opportunities for women in a science or math career such as engineering, there are several excellent resources available about women in STEM. STEM is the acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Women in Science The Women in Science website is a wonderful…

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  • Four Ways to Incorporate Technology into Common Core Standards

    Posted May 14, 2013

    For countless educators and school districts, incorporating the technology utilized in the classroom into the Common Core State Standards is proving to be a challenging task. New technologies continue to play an ever-broadening role in enhancing reading, writing, listening, speaking and language use among students and, as technology changes, students must be capable of adapting…

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  • Professional Development Resources for STEM Teachers

    Posted May 9, 2013

    STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) teachers need to continue their education and use professional development to stay current on the latest evolutions in teaching strategies. Several professional organizations offer continuing education courses and professional development courses for STEM teachers. Interested teachers can begin their search for classes and teaching materials with the ones listed below….

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  • STEM Teacher Training Programs from National Math & Science Initiative

    Posted May 8, 2013

    It is no secret that American students are constantly falling behind in core classes, including math, the sciences and English. While many factors contribute to the problem, the main challenge is that teachers need better training. The National Math and Science Initiative offers great STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) teacher-training programs that help combat…

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  • Five Ways to Teach Research Skills to Elementary School Children

    Posted April 25, 2013

    Search engines can streamline the process of teaching basic research to elementary schoolchildren who require expert guidance on how to navigate the Web — and the earlier, the better. Elementary school is when kids first begin to learn how to learn. Kids start using search engines quite early on, making elementary school the perfect time…

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  • How to Help Middle School Students Develop Research Skills

    Posted April 25, 2013

    As the research skills you teach middle school students can last them all their lives, it’s essential to help them develop good habits early in their school careers. Research skills are useful in nearly every subject, whether it’s English, math, social studies or science, and they will continue to pay off for students every day…

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  • Books to Read in the Summer Between High School and College

    Posted March 9, 2013

    Reading summer school books may not be appealing for many 18-year-olds who are preparing to enter college. Nonetheless, the move to college brings several educational and philosophical shifts in dynamic that require some preparation. Students will need to engage with literature in a new way by considering context, questioning author motivations, and reflecting on the…

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