Listen In: 15 Education Podcasts to Inspire and Motivate Teachers

When you’re a teacher, finding time to grade essays can be a challenge in and of itself. And as much as you might want to further your career, let’s face it: who has time to read self help books and watch movies on professional development? That’s where podcasts can save ...

The Science of Praise: Encourage Student Confidence and Motivate Your Classroom

Praise is an important aspect of human interaction. Whether it’s complimenting your friend on an outfit or commending a peer on a presentation, praise allows us to share our appreciation for others, impacts self-esteem and can encourage progress. Superficial praise, however, can be damaging to a young student's self esteem and ...

15 Inspirational Education Books Written By and For Teachers

No matter where you work or how long you’ve been in the field, being a teacher is a challenging, yet rewarding profession. And with so many techniques and schools of thought on how you should be teaching or how students learn best, it can be hard to know which tools ...

Substitute Survival Guide: How to Plan for a Teacher’s Sick Day

Whether it’s a family emergency, a sick child or a routine check-up, there are many reasons why you might need a substitute teacher in your classroom. And although it must sometimes be done, leaving your students alone is no easy task. What if whole days of learning get lost? If ...

Sensory Learning: Using the Five Senses to Make Lessons Stick

The five senses are fundamental to learning. And since we all learn differently, certain senses play different roles in the learning processes of different people. As a teacher, it’s important to identify and understand the various types of sensory learners in your classroom. Whether it’s sight, sound, or touch (or ...

How to Create a Curious Classroom Culture and Inspire Innovative Thinking

Curiosity is an essential part of learning, growing and interacting with others. A curious person is also an agile one, who can adapt easily to new surroundings and situations. There are many ways teachers can help students ask better questions and become more curious learners. To make curiosity an everyday ...

How to Cultivate Creative Thinking in Your Classroom

From solving problems more efficiently to fostering a curious and inspirational life, creative thinking provides invaluable benefits for people of all ages. Despite the importance of creativity, it’s not a hard skill that can be taught. Like the other social and emotional skills we’ve discussed before, creativity is an ability ...

Lesson Plans and Tips for Teaching Tolerance in the Classroom

Tolerance plays an important role in promoting social equality at school. In addition to showing students how to interact with others, it also teaches them how to learn from people who are different from themselves. Despite the importance of teaching tolerance, however, some educators skirt around the subject because it’s ...

Lessons and Resources to Teach Thanksgiving with Truth and Integrity

From working at a great school to having bright, healthy students to teach, there are many things teachers can be thankful for this holiday season. And while Thanksgiving typically is associated with joy, it also marks a period of American history that was filled with pain and suffering for many ...