Can’t Be Friends? Teachers and Students on Social Media

The importance of social media is undeniable. But for teachers, using this form of communication in and for the classroom should be approached with care. It’s essential that teachers remain professional and appropriate while still engaging in meaningful conversations with students and their parents. If you’re a teacher wondering how ...

Why Are We Learning This? Teaching Algebra for Everyday Life

Contrary to what many students may believe, algebra is the foundation of critical thinking and problem solving skills used in everyday life. It isn’t just about numbers and letters — algebra is about recognizing patterns, managing finances and caring for a home. Here’s why teaching algebra is so essential for ...

Classroom Discussion: Helping Young Students Speak Up, Share and Learn Together

Group discussions are the foundation of meaningful classroom involvement. However, it can be particularly difficult to engage younger students who aren’t accustomed to the classroom discussion model. Whether talking out of turn or failing to participate entirely, there are many hiccups that can disrupt a positive and beneficial group conversation. Learn ...

Why Are We Learning This? How Teaching Grammar Preps Students for Tech Careers

Aside from speaking and writing like an evolved human, having a strong grasp on grammar is important for both job and life skills. Having proper grammar helps students communicate more effectively, opening up opportunities across a variety of engineering fields. We’ve discussed the benefits of learning history inspiring world change, plus ...

How to Create a Connected Classroom: Tools, Boundaries and Considerations

From iPhones to smart homes, technology plays a pivotal role in our everyday lives. Our devices can often be likened to a second brain, reminding us when to wake up, how to eat right and where to head on the highway. And while technology can’t teach students everything they need ...

Why Are We Learning This? Teaching Biology Cultivates Passion and Wonder

It’s normal to get eyerolls and exasperated sighs when introducing a new biology lesson. Molecular structures, cells and lifestyles are fascinating — but not if you don’t understand the point of learning about them. As we’ve discussed in our previous posts, it’s important to give students context around what they’re learning ...

Conquering Test Anxiety: Helping Students Find Calm on Exam Day

Tests are a normal part of teaching and learning, but that doesn’t make them easy. In fact, many students suffer from test-related stress and anxiety. This common condition can make it difficult for them to focus and perform well on tests, even if they know the material.  Fortunately, teachers can do ...

Why Are We Learning This? How Teaching Geometry Shapes Student Worldview

In this installment of our series on why learning matters, we explore the importance of geometry. From assisting with creative career paths to laying a foundation for viewing the world, geometry is used in ways many of us don’t even realize. Here’s why geometry is so important both for life ...

How to Design Compelling Lesson Plans That Meet State Standards

All teachers in the US are required to meet a set of state standards. While standards are an essential aspect of education, they can sometimes feel overwhelming.  Fortunately, taking time to reevaluate your teaching goals and responsibilities can ensure that you check all the boxes. Here’s how to work with state ...