Love What You Teach: Sharing Your Personal Interests in the Classroom

Most teachers are in the profession because they have a love of children and learning, possibly coupled with a desire make the world a better place. But what about personal passions and interests? Do they have a place in the classroom? Perhaps you’ve always been a fan of music, or ...

EdTech for Educators: The Secret to Effective Teacher Collaboration

Digital technology has transformed both learning and teaching in many ways. For educators, digital tools have greatly improved collaboration and communication across departments, schools and states. Here’s why digital tools are so important for improving teacher success — and how they boost professional development. Professional Development in the Digital Age A strong ...

How to Plan an Inspiring Career Day for Elementary Students

Career day is typically designed to help high school students decide what to study in college. Yet career exploration is an important topic for elementary students, too. Introducing young children to potential career options early on in school can keep students focused and engaged in subjects throughout middle and high ...

How to Teach ELL Students: Bridge the Language Gap in a Multilingual Classroom

American schools are enrolling an increasing number of students whose first language is one other than English. In fact, English language learners comprise more than 10 percent of the student population in the United States, according to teacher Larry Ferlazzo. This means that all teachers, regardless of the subject they teach, ...

How to Help Your Stressed-Out Students (and Why You Should)

There’s no doubt that our society is moving at a faster pace than ever before. The effect of this rapidly-changing world has certainly has an impact on students. With increasing pressure to do and achieve more, students deserve a break. This is just one of many reasons why it’s crucial ...

Compassionate, Skillful Ways to Engage with Dishonesty in the Classroom

Lying once in awhile is a normal and usually harmless habit, especially when these lies help protect ourselves and others. The real problem with lying at a young age is that children can become skilled at it, psychologist Kenneth Shore warns. Students who continue this behavior into early adulthood will ...

Professional Development: 15 Fall Edcamps Not To Miss

Edcamps have become widely popular among teachers and school districts across the country, namely for their participant-driven structure. By giving educators and school staff greater control over their professional development and learning, Edcamps truly put the power of schools back into teachers’ hands. Here’s a roundup of fifteen camps to ...

Tips for Teaching Young Learners About Civic Duty and Community Involvement

Community involvement is essential for fostering smart, driven and successful students. Civic duty initiatives can also boost student morale, making school a more engaging environment. “When we interact with our neighbors on issues that impact our lives, we experience a greater sense of connection to those we otherwise would not have ...

How to Encourage Student Volunteering Outside the Classroom

From planting trees on Earth Day to helping less fortunate community members, students have a wealth of volunteer opportunities available to them. Helping your students find projects they’re interested in, however, can be a challenge. To ensure that volunteer work is meaningful for both students and the people they’re helping, ...