How to Create a Curious Classroom Culture and Inspire Innovative Thinking

Curiosity is an essential part of learning, growing and interacting with others. A curious person is also an agile one, who can adapt easily to new surroundings and situations. There are many ways teachers can help students ask better questions and become more curious learners. To make curiosity an everyday ...

How to Cultivate Creative Thinking in Your Classroom

From solving problems more efficiently to fostering a curious and inspirational life, creative thinking provides invaluable benefits for people of all ages. Despite the importance of creativity, it’s not a hard skill that can be taught. Like the other social and emotional skills we’ve discussed before, creativity is an ability ...

Lesson Plans and Tips for Teaching Tolerance in the Classroom

Tolerance plays an important role in promoting social equality at school. In addition to showing students how to interact with others, it also teaches them how to learn from people who are different from themselves. Despite the importance of teaching tolerance, however, some educators skirt around the subject because it’s ...

Lessons and Resources to Teach Thanksgiving with Truth and Integrity

From working at a great school to having bright, healthy students to teach, there are many things teachers can be thankful for this holiday season. And while Thanksgiving typically is associated with joy, it also marks a period of American history that was filled with pain and suffering for many ...

A Gentle Nudge: How Teachers Can Address Disinterested Students

From falling asleep in class to forgetting to do homework, there are many indications that a student has become disinterested in school. As a teacher, experiencing unmotivated students is a normal and inevitable part of the job. However, that doesn’t make it any less frustrating or upsetting. Your job is ...

Developing Passionate Learners: A Skill That Will Change Students Lives

Whether it’s going to graduate school, taking up a new hobby or simply picking up a book, life is filled with opportunities to keep learning. As teachers, we’re passionate about the process and benefits that continued education provides. And it’s important that we help our students develop their own passion ...

Prepping for Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent teacher conferences can be stressful and anxiety-inducing for both parents and teachers. This is especially true if a student is struggling in a subject, or needs extra help getting through coursework. After all, how are you supposed to tell a parent that their child isn’t doing well in school? And ...

How Great Teachers Connect with Special Needs Students

Accommodating special needs students requires additional time and energy, but this extra effort is worth it. In a survey on special needs teachers, PhD in Special Education says that most teachers agree: The rewards of being a special educator far outweigh the challenges. Sometimes, though, even the most seasoned teachers ...

Fun Halloween Learning Activities for Your Classroom

The weeks leading up to Halloween is an exciting time in the classroom. Children love dressing up like their favorite characters, carving jack-o'-lanterns and tricking for treats whenever they can. The excitement does have the potential to distract from lessons; however, teachers can also capitalize on this enthusiasm by planning ...