Getting To Know New Students: Ideas and Icebreakers to Foster Discussions

Starting a new school year can be intimidating for students. Teachers who create a safe and inspirational environment early on can reduce that anxiety and put students at ease. Here are a few ice-breakers and get to know you activities that can help everyone feel more welcome and comfortable. Opening Dialogue ...

Start the School Year on Top: How to Manage Expectations, Workloads and Commitments

With so many demands from students, parents and school administrations, it’s no wonder why today’s teachers struggle to stay on top of it all. Being able to effectively balance workloads and expectations is an essential skill. Here’s how to identify and prioritize these needs to ensure better mental and physical ...

Crowdfunding for Teachers: How to Raise Money for Your Classroom

Being a teacher means that you’ll do everything in your power to help your students succeed. However, it can be especially challenging to further student success when you don’t have access to the proper resources, tools and funds. When budgets are tight and you’re in need of new tools and ...

Learning for Teachers: How to Expand Your Skill Set without Changing Jobs

From classroom management skills to subject-specific instructional methods, there are a wealth of areas where teachers can expand their knowledge and skill sets. The question is how to find and pursue professional development opportunities that support your own specific goals. If you want to become an even educator with a new ...

How to Prepare and Organize your Classroom for a New School Year

The new school year is an exciting time for students, parents, and of course, teachers. Whether you’re a first time teacher in search of organizational tips, or a seasoned educator seeking better attendance strategies, here’s a host of helpful ideas on preparing your classroom for a fresh and inspiring first ...

Discipline with Dignity: Creating Rules That Protect Student Self-Worth

As teachers, it’s important to make students feel safe and comfortable throughout every lesson and activity. Classroom policies can play a particularly important role in helping students of different backgrounds feel welcome and secure. Here’s how to create classroom policies that protect dignity for all. An Introduction to Discipline with Dignity There ...

Tech Overload: How to Balance Student Screen Use With Real-World Experiences

Whether it’s social media and texting or YouTube and Netflix, there are endless reasons for students to consume technology. However, studies have shown that too much screen time can have a negative impact on student development, health and long-term success. To ensure that screen time is balanced with real-world experiences in ...

Student Anxiety: How Teachers Can Help Ease the Worry

Whether it’s a big upcoming test or trouble with at home, student anxiety can be expressed in a variety of ways. When left untreated, anxiety can lead to learning issues and relationship problems that can impact student success. Teachers who know how to identify anxious behavior and support students with ...

How Schools Can Compensate for Unplanned School Closings with Online Learning Policies

Schools close unexpectedly. Weather events like blizzards and ice storms or hurricanes and flooding can close schools for one day or much longer. Unplanned closings are obviously beyond teacher control, and the longer the school is closed, the greater the negative impact on student learning. School districts with online learning ...