Individualized Education Program: What Is It and How Can You Advocate for Your Child?

If your child has difficulty learning or participating in the classroom, they might have a learning disability. The school should be able to properly evaluate your child and develop a plan based on their needs. As your child grows, this plan should be adjusted based on their individual progress. Student needs ...

How To Teach Critical Thinking and Logic to K-12 Students

Rote memorization has its place: It’s important for students to know their multiplication tables. But they also need to be able to apply these concepts to other parts of the math curriculum. Students need critical thinking skills and logic to understand how something learned in one lesson can be applied ...

Teaching Respect: How To Celebrate Different Cultures and Ethnicities in Your Classroom

Today’s classroom is increasingly diverse. In addition to having varied home lives, learning styles and emotional needs, students come from different cultures and ethnicities. As a teacher, you can set up your classroom to celebrate and embrace all of these differences. While educators are well-meaning when it comes to promoting acceptance ...

Systems of Government Lesson Plans for K-12 Students

A monarchy is ruled by a king or queen. A democracy is run by elected representatives. A dictatorship is run with a single authoritarian rule. These are the basic principles of systems of government. However, government rule is so much more complicated than that. How does a country transition from a ...

Classroom Management Strategies To Help Students With Learning Disabilities

With the right assistance students with disabilities can successfully learn in your classroom. This help can take different forms, such as specific seating placement or additional instructions for assignments. Here are some best practices to set your classroom up for success. A few small changes to your classroom management can benefit ...

The Importance of Belonging: How to Welcome New Students Into Your Classroom

Students come and go throughout the year. Some move mid-year while others get pulled from one school and added to another one. This can be frustrating for teachers who need not only to welcome new students but also figure out where in the curriculum these new students are. Moves are ...

Gardening, Plants and Botany Lessons for Your Classroom

So many of the lessons you teach your students have the power to impact their lives through adulthood. Developing a love of reading at a young age can turn curious kids into lifelong learners. Cultivating an interest in nature through botany lessons can encourage children to wonder about the world ...

Creating an Inclusive Environment for Students With Learning Disabilities

Teachers often have students with learning disabilities. Some of those students stay in the general education classroom, while others receive individual instruction in different parts of the school. As a teacher, you can welcome students with learning disabilities and make them feel valued. You can also create a classroom environment where ...

How To Teach Self-Calming Strategies for Students

You know firsthand how chaotic a classroom can get and how crucial self-calming strategies for students can be. Noise levels can quickly elevate with kids running around, grabbing school supplies and generally creating a disruptive experience. There are some days when you just need to walk outside for a few ...