How to Create Teacher Support Systems That Benefit Everyone

Teachers all strive toward the same goal: to help their students succeed. But teaching is hard work, and educators need to support each other in order to create a collaborative, uplifting community. Whether it’s through emotional support or stepping in with a lesson plan idea, there are many ways you ...

Why Are We Learning This? Teaching Citizenship and its Value

Citizenship is an integral aspect of society. It’s also important in the classroom: Students who learn about citizenship early in life develop a stronger commitment to doing good in the world. So how exactly should we be teaching citizenship, and why is it so important for students to learn?  As we’ve ...

Lesson Warm-Up: Tips for Getting Students Ready to Learn

No one rolls out of bed and starts running a marathon without warming up. Why? Because your muscles wouldn’t be warm enough for you to safely perform your best. Similarly, failing to start a lesson with a warm-up doesn’t allow students time to exercise their brains and start thinking about ...

Short Stories Elementary Students will Love

Reading is a crucial element to the education of elementary students. However, students who don’t find the activity enjoyable are less likely to stick with it as they age. That’s where really great short stories come in.  Short stories are an effective way to engage students in reading while teaching them ...

How To Use Emojis for More Meaningful, Mindful Classroom Discussions

Emojis, which originated in Japan, have become an omnipresent aspect of digital communication across the globe. As more students rely on technology as a primary form of learning and communicating, it only makes sense to incorporate these small digital images into the classroom.  While some educators see emojis as distracting or ...

Writing Lesson Plans: How To Keep Students Engaged in Composition

Writing is a crucial skill. Being able to write clearly and concisely isn’t just important for success at school. In order to succeed professionally in today’s digital world, students must learn how to communicate effectively through the written word. If you teach writing, you know how important it is that ...

Genius Hour Ideas to Promote Creativity, Inspiration and Self-Directed Learning

Have you ever wondered what makes Google such an innovative company? Much of their creativity and inspiration can be attributed to a practice called “genius hour.” In this practice, 20 percent of an employee’s time is dedicated towards something they find interesting and exciting (other than their current work project). ...

Learning Intentions: A Guide to Building More Measurable Lesson Plans

Building effective lesson plans is an essential aspect of being a teacher. Yet with so many standards and criteria to meet, it can be hard to create lesson plans that satisfy state requirements and also keep students involved in what they’re learning and why. Using learning intentions and success criteria ...

Foreign Language Lesson Plans: Immersing Students in New Cultures

Teaching a foreign language is an exciting opportunity to guide students through the communication methods of other countries. But as all language teachers know, some of the most important language class lessons extend far beyond grammar. In fact, one of the most important elements of foreign language lesson plans is ...