How Thoughtful Parents Can Get More Involved in Their Child’s Education

From the time students arrive on the school bus to the moment the last bell rings, teachers play a critical role in how students learn, think and act. But a child’s learning doesn’t stop at the school walls, and student development isn’t solely a teacher’s responsibility. As the team at ...

Tips for Teachers on Overcoming Spring Fever (When You Have it Too!)

For most people, spring is characterized by blooming flowers, sunny skies and vacation planning. But for teachers, the beckon of summer also brings a dreaded phenomenon: spring fever. Classified by antsy students, bad behavior and short attention spans, spring fever is a huge deterrent to end-of-year productivity. If you’ve experienced ...

Classroom Innovators: 20 Great Educators on Twitter

When you’re surrounded by the same teachers and education policies every single day, it can be hard to think outside the box. But teaching is an extremely demanding profession, and testing new lessons, practices and theories is an essential part of the job. One place to discover new educational perspectives ...

Communication Tips to Turn Parents Into Your Classroom’s Biggest Allies

The parents you interact with throughout the year can either be the biggest asset to your classroom, or one of the biggest challenges. Sometimes, instructors feel as if they’re screaming into a void when sending notifications about student performance, and other times they feel as if the parents are questioning ...

Simplifying Homework: Strategies for Teacher and Student Success

As a result of ballooning class sizes, shrinking budgets and increasingly rigorous standards, homework has become a considerable burden for teachers everywhere. And while assigning and grading homework has always been a core duty of educators, its impact on students has brought the entire process under scrutiny. As Jeffrey Schinske and ...

School Administrators: Here Are 8 Ways You Can Hang Onto Your Best Teachers

Faced with long hours, low pay and little incentive to stay, teachers across the country are fleeing from certain schools in pursuit of better working conditions. And while teacher turnover isn’t exactly a new problem, it is a persistent one that has a lasting negative impact on teachers, families, schools ...

Maintaining a Work-Life Balance As an Overworked Educator

Whether you entered the teaching profession to work with children or to pass on your love of a particular subject, odds are you never thought it would be this exhausting. There’s a seemingly endless pile of work on your desk, and some days it’s a challenge to get through it ...

For Teachers, By Teachers: 17 Education Blogs We Recommend Following

From spitballs and student romance to analogies and algebra, teachers have a lot on their plates. But amid the inevitable challenges of teaching, there’s a vast community of teacher bloggers who are willing to help. These educators share the trials and tribulations of teaching in a funny, relatable light to ...

Welcome to our new blog!

Everyone here at Planbook is excited to launch our new blog: connecting teachers, admin, and students in conversations about education.