Tech Overload: How to Balance Student Screen Use With Real-World Experiences

Whether it’s social media and texting or YouTube and Netflix, there are endless reasons for students to consume technology. However, studies have shown that too much screen time can have a negative impact on student development, health and long-term success. To ensure that screen time is balanced with real-world experiences in ...

Student Anxiety: How Teachers Can Help Ease the Worry

Whether it’s a big upcoming test or trouble with at home, student anxiety can be expressed in a variety of ways. When left untreated, anxiety can lead to learning issues and relationship problems that can impact student success. Teachers who know how to identify anxious behavior and support students with ...

How Schools Can Compensate for Unplanned School Closings with Online Learning Policies

Schools close unexpectedly. Weather events like blizzards and ice storms or hurricanes and flooding can close schools for one day or much longer. Unplanned closings are obviously beyond teacher control, and the longer the school is closed, the greater the negative impact on student learning. School districts with online learning ...

How Teachers Can Identify and Help Prevent Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying has become an epidemic, affecting millions of children, teens and adults each year. It can be especially damaging to a young person’s self-esteem, social life and academic success. For these reasons, it’s imperative that teachers get involved — but putting an end to the behavior isn’t an easy task. ...

Flexible Classroom Design: How to Create a Student-Centered Learning Environment

There’s no doubt that learning environments play an important role in student success. That’s why it’s so important that teachers know how to create flexible classroom layouts, giving students a voice and even a daily choice in terms of their own learning. Flexible learning environments can inspire students and keep ...

How Teachers and Administrators Can Reduce Chronic Absenteeism and Boost School Success

Chronic absenteeism has a lasting impact on graduation rates, school funding, career preparedness and life beyond high school. So what can teachers and administrators due to intervene with this complex issue and help students show up for learning? In part two of our series on chronic student absenteeism, we explore ideas ...

Student Absenteeism: What Do Empty Desks Really Cost?

From being sick to experiencing a family emergency, there are many reasons why students have to miss school sometimes. However, being chronically absent is an issue far more serious. In fact, absenteeism can have a lasting effect on the opportunity gap, graduation rates and school equity. Here’s how chronic absenteeism ...

Teacher Self-Compassion: How to Recharge Through Self-Care

In addition to modeling and teaching mindfulness to students, teachers must also adopt their own personal practices for staying present. Knowing how to tune into your own needs can ensure that you remain calm and in power during times of stress. In turn, this can make you a more grounded ...

How Teachers can Identify and Support Struggling Readers

Between lesson prep, teaching, grading and extracurricular activities, teachers must also be able to identify when their students are struggling, and then help them. This is especially crucial when it comes to reading skills, because these support and influence the rest of a child’s education. Here’s what to do when you ...