Self-Care for Teachers Facing Pandemic Decision Fatigue

More than two years after the first schools closed because of COVID-19, many educators feel like their lives have returned to normal. Some schools returned to in-person learning in the fall of 2020, and both parents and students have grown accustomed to district guidelines. So why do you still feel so ...

Connecting Math to the Real World in Ways That Engage Students

Math has a bad reputation in school. It’s often viewed as a daunting class full of complex equations and unknown signs. Learning math concepts can feel like cracking a secret code — but only some students solve the riddle while others are left out of the hidden message. One of the ...

Advice for New Teachers Entering the Classroom for the First Time

Starting your teaching career is an exciting time. You have the opportunity to work in a job that you are passionate about, possibly changing the lives of your students. However, this excitement is often paired with nerves — almost to the point of abject terror in the hours leading up ...

Using Smartphones in the Classroom: A Guide for Teachers

As soon as school gets out, teachers can find their students hunched over their phones. They are catching up on texts and other notifications of the day while sharing memes and the latest videos with each other. While smartphones are often viewed as a distraction to the learning process, there are ...

12 Science Podcasts For Students

One of the biggest challenges that teachers face is getting students excited about the material. While you think science is incredibly cool, your students might not get into geologic formations or photosynthesis as much as you do. Fortunately, there are plenty of educational resources on the web that can help ...

Cybersecurity 101 for Teachers: How To Keep Your Classroom Secure

As more educators turn to technology, they are faced with new cyber threats. These can range from emails that look suspicious to software tools that actually steal your information. Individual teachers and school districts alike are trying to fight off cyberattacks, but don’t always know how.  You can be cyber smart ...

Essay Lesson Plan Strategies To Help Your Students Become Better Writers

The essay is one of the oldest assignments in education. Students write essays in English class, history, science and various other subjects. This assignment gets a bad reputation for being boring, difficult to complete and even less exciting to present. As a teacher, you might approach essays as a necessary evil. ...

How To Manage Your Overcrowded Classroom

At the start of the year, you receive your classroom list and your jaw drops. How are you expected to fit so many students in your classroom, much less manage them all? Throughout the year, new students enter your classroom, adding to your roster and your workload. You want to ...

How To Facilitate Effective Group Projects for Social-Emotional Learning

Group projects are a wonderful way to build the social-emotional skills of your students. They can learn basic concepts like sharing their opinions and feelings and develop life-long skills like conflict resolution. Through group work, even the youngest students can master skills that many adults struggle with.  However, not all group ...