Standards-Based Grading: How to Move to Personalized Assessments

Being a straight-A student is an accomplishment that everyone can understand. But when student progress is no longer measured on a letter scale, success takes on a whole new meaning. Standards-based grading is being used in place of traditional letter grading across many elementary and secondary schools in the US. This ...

How to Teach, Model and Foster Courage in the Classroom

Courage can help students excel academically, in their personal lives at home and in their future careers. But having courage and being brave means overcoming one’s fears — and that’s a difficult challenge for people of all ages. The right mindset and teaching strategies can help teachers cultivate courage in ...

Top Teacher Tips and Tutorials for Getting the Most Out of Planbook

Creating, managing and improving lesson plans are essential aspects of being a teacher. However, there’s no denying that this process can be time-consuming and even frustrating. After all, how can teachers consistently create lesson plans that adhere to common core standards and are also engaging? How can teachers collaborate on ...

Classroom Technology: Helping Rural Schools Overcome Barriers to Access

Living in the countryside has its benefits, but many teachers and students struggle with lack of easy access to technology. Being far from urban and even suburban areas can make critical tech resources like high speed internet unavailable, adversely affecting academic opportunities for students and keeping teachers from attending online ...

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 ...