Music Lesson Plans: Teaching the Meaning and Context of Song

Students have already been exposed to certain types of music depending on their background and culture. Yet learning music at school provides students with an opportunity to explore the meaning and context of all genres more deeply.  In addition to learning how to hear and create rhythm or play an instrument, ...

Digital Leadership: Teaching Students to Shape Their Online Communities

Educators of all grade levels are increasingly concerned about the ways students conduct themselves online. At the same time, many parents, educators and development experts believe that teaching students how to participate in online communities isn’t enough. When students are interacting with others online daily, they need to also learn how ...

The Teacher’s Guide to Combating Classroom Ableism

Ableism, or discriminating against people with learning and living challenges, is a deep-rooted construct that has long undermined people. Many school systems may be unknowingly promoting albelism and making it more difficult for students with physical and neurological differences to succeed.  Learning to identify and reduce instances of ableism in the classroom ...

Geometry Lesson Plans: Engaging Students with Art, Games and Activities

From cooking to architecture to athletics, geometry plays an important role in everyday life. Yet geometry is also an aspect of math that many students find frustrating, especially if they don’t understand its value.  Educators who take a modern, real-world approach to geometry lessons can overcome this challenge and teach it ...

Teaching Gender Equality: Smart Ways to Teach an Essential Topic

As conversations about gender equality become more common in daily life, educators are seeking ways to include these important discussions in the classroom. No matter what grade you teach, facilitating equality and kindness toward people with different gender identities is important for students as they learn and grow alongside one another.  But ...

Poetry Lesson Plans: Teaching Literary Devices, History and Culture

Poetry is one of our most important forms of art and expression. Teaching poetry in schools allows students to understand different points of view and emotions. It plays a pivotal role in connecting students to their feelings at deeper levels while helping them become more empathetic and accepting. Poetry is ...

A Distressing Perfect: How to Identify and Help with Student Perfectionism

Whether from parental pressure or self-induced expectations, many students of all ages struggle with perfectionism. It is especially prevalent in high-achieving and gifted students, but can also appear in those with learning challenges. In fact, a common misperception about perfectionism is that only students with high grades struggle with the ...

Honest History: Teaching Racism Truthfully

America’s history is interwoven with prejudice, racism and unwarranted hatred. Yet some textbooks and school districts skip over these painful memories, shutting out important stories of different people and their struggles. Such omissions are unacceptable.  Telling students the truth about how people have treated each other in the past is essential ...

Teaching Robotics: Engaging, Hands-On Lesson Plan Ideas

Just a few decades ago, the idea of using robotics in everyday life seemed like science fiction — unrealistic and unachievable. Fast forward to today, and robots are already playing an important role in helping us learn about the world, work more efficiently and improve our quality of life.  Whether it’s ...