How To Make the Most of Your Planning Period

Some teachers have the luxury of a planning period, which is meant to be a time in which you develop lessons. It’s easy to lose track of this precious time, as the hour becomes a space to respond to emails, grade assignments and generally catch up on tasks. It’s time to ...

How To Create Stacked Lesson Plans To Reinforce Concepts

As an educator, your goal is to teach students core concepts that they use throughout their time in school and in their lives. Everything including civics, biology, writing, and math can be used throughout life, and you have the ability to lay a strong foundation for these subjects. However, it’s easy ...

How Educators Are Using Technology To Tackle Community Issues

Schools are meant to be a safe haven for students, but teachers know that the outside world rarely stops at the classroom door. Many students walk into school with their worries written on their faces. Their hunger is apparent, along with their concerns for their family finances. These students often ...

Book Report Lesson Plans To Inspire Your Elementary Students

The book report. It’s a stalwart assignment handed out across all grade levels. Teachers use book reports to make sure students keep up with their reading assignments and understand the material covered. But lately, some educators have started pushing back against the standard book report. Not only is this assignment type ...

How To Write a Classroom Newsletter Your Students’ Parents Will Actually Read

Classroom newsletters have been used for decades as a way to connect parents with the material their kids are learning. In the digital era, these messages have become virtual and have continued to thrive. Even with social media, texting and other forms of communication, many teachers still continue to use ...

How To Teach About Thanksgiving Mindfully at Every Grade

Many Thanksgiving-related school activities are outdated, insensitive and incorrect. Young students dress in brown paper smocks with feathers to represent Native Americans while their peers wear black and white paper to be Pilgrims. They reenact a play where both parties come together to celebrate peace and prosperity. Older students might learn ...

How Lesson Plan Technology Can Help With Interruptions and Delays

At the start of the year, your lesson plans look immaculate but then the schedule gets complicated. A new bell system throws off your timing. A grade-level assembly or weather-related school cancellation puts your classes behind. Even a lesson plan that flops can jeopardize future classes as you have to ...

The New Role of Screen-Based Learning in the Classroom

After a full school year of remote teaching, schools are opening their doors to in-person education this fall. Some teachers are exhausted by online teaching and screen-based learning, while others have found it beneficial to the classroom experience. The question now is: What is the role of technology in the post-pandemic ...

How To Use Halloween as a Gateway to Classic Literature

As October approaches, spooky vampires and creepy ravens start to pop up in the form of Halloween decorations. Kids and adults alike gather together to share scary stories about monsters and ghosts — some of which might lurk just out of sight. It’s easy to forget that many of the haunted ...