How Schools Rely on Support Staff and Specialty Employees During COVID-19

Through the 2020-2021 school year, teachers are doing their best to contend with simulcast teaching and new COVID-19 policies. They are coming up with creative lesson plans and going above and beyond to connect with students.  There’s a quiet army of support staff too. They’re guiding educators through the teaching process ...

How to Bring Social-Emotional Learning to Your Math Classroom (And Why You Should)

Social-emotional learning (SEL) is the process of using and managing emotions through the learning process. Students can reflect on a lesson to think about what they learned and apply context from other lessons and their own lives to build connections to the material.  While SEL is increasingly used in literature and ...

9 Resources for Free Lesson Plan Templates

Have you ever sat in front of a blank Word document, wondering how to begin a lesson plan? Do you work through half your lessons before realizing you forgot key details in the instructions? Teachers often approach our team looking for resources to streamline their lesson plans. They want to easily ...

Resource Sharing: 10 Tips for Finding Lesson Plans on Educator Blogs

The internet has helped teachers in countless ways. For example, educators can find tools and resources to enrich the learning process and better communicate with students and parents via email and social media. Another key benefit for teachers is resource sharing through publishing and reading blogs. Teachers are finding lesson ...

5 Project-Based Learning Tips to Add Into Your Lesson Plans

Project-based learning is gaining traction in schools across the country. What started as a fun concept discussed at conferences and used in creative classrooms has grown into a new way to engage students and teach them valuable concepts.  Teachers across all grade levels and subjects can tap into project-based learning, making ...

Voting Lesson Plans: Teaching Democracy and Civics

Most social studies teachers discuss voting with students in early elementary school. Students in a classroom will use ballots to vote for their favorite ice cream flavors or whether they want to play kickball or basketball during recess. However, as students get older, they start to have more nuanced questions ...

How to Help Remote Students Who Need One-on-One Support

Remote learning has created many unique opportunities for teachers, but just as many challenges. One situation educators now face is how to connect with remote students and assist them individually. With in-person learning, a teacher can walk around the classroom and help students as they encounter problems. This gets much ...

Lesson Plans to Engage Parents in Student Work

Parent or guardian engagement is essential to help students succeed. However, teachers sometimes feel like they are communicating into a black hole. They send out information and updates but get nothing back. Even with virtual learning in 2020, some teachers still struggle to engage parents.  What does successful parent engagement look ...

Privacy Matters in Remote Learning for Students and Teachers

There has been an overwhelming amount of hard work taking place as teachers and administrators have been adapting to teaching online. Creative lesson plans and unique solutions have been found for almost every problem. However, there is one key issue that school districts and educators still face: remote learning privacy ...