Best Modern Short Stories for Middle School: Tales to Educate and Inspire

Short stories are one of the best ways to introduce students to new themes, units and ideas in an entertaining way. And while we’ve already created a list of our favorite short stories for high school students, it’s time to create a list that’s appropriate for a slightly younger audience. Here’s ...

New Perspectives: 15 Teaching Podcasts to Re-energize You

Podcasts are a compelling tool you can use to advance your skills and obtain inspiration as an educator. From motivational pointers and classroom management tips, to social emotional learning and teacher self-care, there’s an education podcast suited for your every need and desire. To start the spring term on the right ...

Capturing Attention for Focused Learning in The Classroom

In the age of cell phones and social media, capturing attention is more difficult than ever before. And, maintaining student attention once harnessed is an entirely different challenge in itself. But since attention is key to successful learning, this is an obstacle that must be overcome. What can educators do to ...

15 Inspiring Nonprofits and Student Advocacy Groups Transforming Lives

Whether advocating for minority students, funding low-income schools or helping teachers succeed, nonprofit organizations are a vital force in education. Knowing about these organizations can inspire your work in the classroom and provide you with resources and new ideas that make a difference. Here are 15 nonprofits advocating for teachers, ...

Standards-Based Grading: How to Move to Personalized Assessments

Being a straight-A student is an accomplishment that everyone can understand. But when student progress is no longer measured on a letter scale, success takes on a whole new meaning. Standards-based grading is being used in place of traditional letter grading across many elementary and secondary schools in the US. This ...

How to Teach, Model and Foster Courage in the Classroom

Courage can help students excel academically, in their personal lives at home and in their future careers. But having courage and being brave means overcoming one’s fears — and that’s a difficult challenge for people of all ages. The right mindset and teaching strategies can help teachers cultivate courage in ...

Top Teacher Tips and Tutorials for Getting the Most Out of Planbook

Creating, managing and improving lesson plans are essential aspects of being a teacher. However, there’s no denying that this process can be time-consuming and even frustrating. After all, how can teachers consistently create lesson plans that adhere to common core standards and are also engaging? How can teachers collaborate on ...

Classroom Technology: Helping Rural Schools Overcome Barriers to Access

Living in the countryside has its benefits, but many teachers and students struggle with lack of easy access to technology. Being far from urban and even suburban areas can make critical tech resources like high speed internet unavailable, adversely affecting academic opportunities for students and keeping teachers from attending online ...

Love What You Teach: Sharing Your Personal Interests in the Classroom

Most teachers are in the profession because they have a love of children and learning, possibly coupled with a desire make the world a better place. But what about personal passions and interests? Do they have a place in the classroom? Perhaps you’ve always been a fan of music, or ...