Why Are We Learning This? Teaching Handwriting for Memory and Literacy in the Digital Age

From ChromeBooks to digital whiteboards, technology rules the modern classroom. As a result, it’s becoming more common for students to use phones, tablets and computers to take notes, complete projects and write tests. Technology makes these tasks faster, but does efficiency come at the expense of learning?  Writing by hand may ...

Remote Teaching: How To Make Your Online Classroom a Student Success

Remote learning provides flexibility for both teachers and students. Still, many teachers may wonder what this type of teaching entails, whether the same kind of student-teacher relationships exist and if remote learning opportunities are similar to those in traditional classrooms. Here’s what teachers need to know about moving to a ...

10 EdTech Writing Tools for Students

Writing is an essential component of literacy and a key element in nearly every subject. Whether it’s writing book reports or recording scientific hypotheses, students need to know how to write clearly and effectively. Since not all students are inherently interested in writing, however, making use of edtech writing tools ...

Why Are We Learning This? Teaching Simple Machines to Understand the World

Simple machines are an integral part of daily life. From the tire and axle on your bike to the door wedge in the classroom, these tools are everywhere. Helping students understand simple machines is an important lesson not only when teaching physics and mathematics, but in history, society and culture as ...

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 ...