How Teachers Can Identify and Help Prevent Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying has become an epidemic, affecting millions of children, teens and adults each year. It can be especially damaging to a young person’s self-esteem, social life and academic success. For these reasons, it’s imperative that teachers get involved — but putting an end to the behavior isn’t an easy task. ...

Flexible Classroom Design: How to Create a Student-Centered Learning Environment

There’s no doubt that learning environments play an important role in student success. That’s why it’s so important that teachers know how to create flexible classroom layouts, giving students a voice and even a daily choice in terms of their own learning. Flexible learning environments can inspire students and keep ...

How Teachers and Administrators Can Reduce Chronic Absenteeism and Boost School Success

Chronic absenteeism has a lasting impact on graduation rates, school funding, career preparedness and life beyond high school. So what can teachers and administrators due to intervene with this complex issue and help students show up for learning? In part two of our series on chronic student absenteeism, we explore ideas ...

Student Absenteeism: What Do Empty Desks Really Cost?

From being sick to experiencing a family emergency, there are many reasons why students have to miss school sometimes. However, being chronically absent is an issue far more serious. In fact, absenteeism can have a lasting effect on the opportunity gap, graduation rates and school equity. Here’s how chronic absenteeism ...

Teacher Self-Compassion: How to Recharge Through Self-Care

In addition to modeling and teaching mindfulness to students, teachers must also adopt their own personal practices for staying present. Knowing how to tune into your own needs can ensure that you remain calm and in power during times of stress. In turn, this can make you a more grounded ...

How Teachers can Identify and Support Struggling Readers

Between lesson prep, teaching, grading and extracurricular activities, teachers must also be able to identify when their students are struggling, and then help them. This is especially crucial when it comes to reading skills, because these support and influence the rest of a child’s education. Here’s what to do when you ...

Contemporary Short Stories High School Students Will Love

Short stories offer a wealth of teaching opportunities for students of all ages. For high school students in particular, short stories provide a platform for teaching about both the English language and life itself. When you’re looking for exciting, meaningful material, refer to this list of contemporary short stories your ...

Teaching Emotional Intelligence through Self-Management and Compassion

Social emotional learning is aimed towards strengthening student relationships and inspiring a greater sense of self-worth in every student. One important facet of this field is emotional intelligence (EI), also referred to as emotional intelligence quotient (EQ), which helps students build empathy and compassion both within themselves and towards other ...

Making Rules Together: A Collaborative Approach to Defining Classroom Norms

Rules are the foundation of every organized institution. For schools, rules are especially important for ensuring that students can reach academic expectations in a space that feels safe. While some teachers define rules for their students, a more collaborative approach can be better for setting expectations and building mutual trust. ...