Why Are We Learning This? Teaching Performing Arts Fosters Empathy and Compassion

Performing on stage is a classic form of emotional expression that has been part of humanity for thousands of years. Such performances are important not only for entertainment, but for sharing stories and ideas. Exposing children to theatrical and musical arts at a young age helps them understand the challenges ...

Why Are We Learning This? Teaching Physical Education Boosts Brain Power

We all know that exercise helps fight obesity and keeps us healthy, preventing physical problems when we’re older. For students, however, these benefits aren’t in the forefront of their minds. Even further away are the emotional and mental benefits of physical education, both of which are key to fostering learning ...

Keep Organized: How an Effective Lesson Plan Improves Classroom Management

Classroom management is essential for ensuring that students are focused and well-behaved during lessons. Lessons that incorporate classroom rules and responsibilities keep students from acting out and allow teachers to become a stronger resource for students.  While it’s important to include elements of classroom management in lesson plans, not all educators ...

Why Are We Learning This? Teaching Classics Teaches Humanity

When some people think about the classics, they think only of books. While literature is an essential aspect of learning the classics, these teachings extend far beyond the page. Classical languages, history and storytelling all play a fundamental role in teaching students about the past, present and future. Here’s why ...

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 ...