Professional Development: 5 Ideas For Developing Your Skills This Summer

One of the great benefits of being a teacher is having the summer off. However, just because you are not in the classroom every day doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be using the summer productively. Last year, we looked at some opportunities teachers could pursue over the summer, which included traveling, getting a job and […]

End of the Year Celebrations: 6 Ideas For You and Your Students

As the end of the year rapidly approaches, it’s party time for students–and teachers–everywhere. The end of the year can be a both exciting and stressful time, and what better way to celebrate the achievements of your students and destress a bit than with a celebration. While it’s easy enough to say, “We’re having a […]

Why You Should Incorporate Movement Into Your Classroom

Getting students to sit still during class time can be a tall order. But what if having them move around could actually serve your lesson plans better? That’s the theory behind movement-based education. Active lessons, like the “planet dances” Anne Green Gilbert writes about for Johns Hopkins, or experimental activities like the butter churning activity […]

6 Ways to Get Your Classroom’s Attention

New teachers, don’t stress! Here are 6 strategies for effective classroom management and student participation.

Plan the Perfect Field Trip: 5 Key Steps

Got a genius idea for a field trip? Here’s how to take it from an idea to a memorable experience for your students. Get approval Much like applying for a grant, you need to know where a trip fits into your curriculum to get approval from your school’s principal or administrator. Maybe a visit to […]

Why You Should Still Care About the Common Core Standards

Barely five years old, the Common Core Standards Initiative is the largest-ever national attempt to set unified expectations for what students in grades K–12 should know and be able to do in order to be college and career ready. In short, they’re designed to ensure that every student in every state is on the same […]