GRE Study Tips for Educators

Whether you’ve already decided to go back to school to get an advanced degree or you’re just considering it, congrats! Wanting to further your education is a sign that you’re a great teacher—one who is truly dedicated to lifelong learning. When it’s time to get your master’s or doctorate, you may need to take one of the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) tests.

7 Steps To Teach Writing With Mentor Texts

Teaching writing with examples of good writing—seems like a no-brainer.  And yet, it took me a long time to figure out practical ways of teaching with mentor texts.  Maybe I was just intimidated by professional and well-respected authors.  Maybe the whole process just seemed to vague and nebulous.  In any case, I have since figured out a few patterns that I follow.

Classroom Essentials: Why Tablets Are a Must

Ask any teacher: No two students are created exactly alike, and the approach to educating students varies even by subject. Some children need extra work in order to help push them beyond the limits of the classroom, while others require extra lessons in order to catch up. And teachers, of course, work hard to individualize their lessons—but they might need help. Luckily, there’s technology, specifically tablets, can help in a new educational concept called flipping a classroom.

How to Handle School Politics

Teaching at a school is a world away from working at an office. In my experience, teachers have a greater sense of comradery than regular office workers. Teachers are tasked with improving lives rather than making money for the company. Yep, teaching comes with a lot of positives that one cannot find in the traditional office environment.

5 Obstacles to Creating Independent Learners and Why They’re Worth Getting Over

During the first ten years or so of my teaching career, I gave a test at the end of every book unit. What I was looking for in students’ answers was for them to repeat back to me my own ideas on the text. These tests were easy to grade, and students often did well on them if they paid attention in class. I liked being reassured that they were understanding the ideas that I wanted them to, and I admit that it felt good to read my ideas in their essays.

Building Time Management Skills in a Differentiated Classroom

Differentiating instruction for students based on readiness, interest, and learning style is a powerful way to make learning personal and effective. Research shows that giving students options in how they engage with content and skill practice often results in an overall increase in engagement and growth.