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.

  • Instructional Rounds: Not Just for Administrators

    Posted October 11, 2017

    Ever wonder what’s happening in the classroom across the hall? Besides overhearing some Staff Lounge chatter or taking a cursory glance from the hallway while passing by, teaching can often happen in isolation, and we don’t always know what’s really going on in classrooms beyond our own. Why instructional rounds? Teachers get observed and evaluated…

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  • 6 Grants To Help Fund Educational Projects or Field Trips

    Posted September 13, 2017

    We all want to provide our students with the most engaging, memorable learning experiences, but finding the funding to execute some of our projects and activities can be a challenge—unless you know where to look. There are actually plenty of grants available that help cover the costs of supplies or field trips, as long as…

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  • 5 Easy Ways Teachers Can Stay Relevant in the Digital Age

    Posted September 6, 2017

    In this digital age of apps, social media, and ever-changing trends, it can be difficult to keep up with our students, spark their interest, and connect the curriculum to their often tech-centered lives. But there are ways to stay relevant without requiring you to research every app and trend out there. Here a few approaches…

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  • How to Arrange Your Classroom to Maximize Creativity

    Posted August 25, 2017

    Between the last relaxing days of summer vacation and the frantic pace of the start of a new school year, it’s easy to get lost in the more concrete details of transitioning seasons. While ironing out lesson plans and getting to know a classroom full of new faces, it’s also your responsibility to foster a…

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  • 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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