Plagued by Low-Level Classroom Disruption? Here’s How Teachers Can End It

Whether it’s giggling about an inside joke or daydreaming about after-school activities, every student experiences distraction for one reason or another. While this is normal from time to time, chronic disruption can be a major detriment to both teachers and learners. But consistent, low-level disruption is problematic for classrooms Here’s how ...

Beyond the Bake Sale: 13 Education Grants to Fund Your Next Classroom Project

Lack of funding can make it difficult for teachers to pursue the learning projects and opportunities they’d like to provide their students. Fortunately, there are a number of national foundations, trusts and corporations that can help fund classroom projects and promote teacher innovation across the country. Whether it’s pursuing a new ...

How Teachers Can Champion the Rights of Underrepresented Students

In many schools, chronically underserved students, such as those from low-income families or ethnic minority backgrounds, continue to underperform while historically privileged students succeed. The underrepresented students typically haven’t had the academic support they need and doubt their own academic capacity. Since teachers have close relationships with students, parents and ...

How Teachers can Engage More Parent Volunteers Through Digital Tools

Volunteering at school is one of the most important ways that parents can influence their child’s learning climate and make a difference in his or her classroom. Whether helping with homework or chaperoning field trips, parental involvement is critical to their child’s overall success and engagement at school. Still, recruiting and ...

Active Learning and Educational Milestones: 10 Ways to Improve Teacher In-Service Meetings

In-service meetings are designed to enhance skills, learn about curriculum changes and set personal milestones. Without taking the time necessary to properly plan an agenda, however, these well-intentioned meetings can become a waste of time. Fortunately, identifying the common pitfalls of in-service meetings — and taking a hard look at what ...

Best Modern Short Stories for Middle School: Tales to Educate and Inspire

Short stories are one of the best ways to introduce students to new themes, units and ideas in an entertaining way. And while we’ve already created a list of our favorite short stories for high school students, it’s time to create a list that’s appropriate for a slightly younger audience. Here’s ...

New Perspectives: 15 Teaching Podcasts to Re-energize You

Podcasts are a compelling tool you can use to advance your skills and obtain inspiration as an educator. From motivational pointers and classroom management tips, to social emotional learning and teacher self-care, there’s an education podcast suited for your every need and desire. To start the spring term on the right ...

Capturing Attention for Focused Learning in The Classroom

In the age of cell phones and social media, capturing attention is more difficult than ever before. And, maintaining student attention once harnessed is an entirely different challenge in itself. But since attention is key to successful learning, this is an obstacle that must be overcome. What can educators do to ...

15 Inspiring Nonprofits and Student Advocacy Groups Transforming Lives

Whether advocating for minority students, funding low-income schools or helping teachers succeed, nonprofit organizations are a vital force in education. Knowing about these organizations can inspire your work in the classroom and provide you with resources and new ideas that make a difference. Here are 15 nonprofits advocating for teachers, ...