How to Manage School Fights

Early in my career, while teaching at an inner-city elementary school, a student violently attacked another in my classroom. The student was late to school that day, and when he arrived, he calmly walked across the room to another boy and choked him. I raised my voice but had to physically place myself between them to stop the assault. [...]

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Engaging Warm Up Activities for PE Class

Every PE class should begin with warm up activities; they prepare the body for activity and are an excellent opportunity to improve your students’ speed and agility. Focusing on them increases success in sports and reduces likeliness of injury, regardless of your students’ skill levels. The following warm up activities are designed to enhance your students’ speed and agility [...]

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Teaching Shortages Across America

There’s a national teacher shortage in K-12 schools, and Advancement Courses has created an infographic to help you find where you’re needed most. Use our interactive graphic above to explore areas of shortage. Filter by grade and subject to find where you can make the most impact as an educator, and hover over states to [...]

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Constitution Day Activities for Grades K-12

Every year on September 17, all federally funded institutions(including public schools) celebrate Constitution Day. Depending on your curriculum, it can sometimes be difficult to take a break to explore this important topic in your students’ civic education. However, with a little bit of planning and creativity, you can use Constitution Day as an opportunity not only to teach your students [...]

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Creative Ways to Quiet a Classroom

Every class has a chatterbox who can stall an entire lesson and distract his or her classmates. It takes creativity and patience to keep these students focused, but you don’t have to figure it out alone. Advancement Courses asked 10 teachers for their best tricks for quieting noisy students. With these tips, no chatterbox will be a match against [...]

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How to Start a School Recycling Program

It’s an unfortunate fact: schools – and many other organizations and businesses – waste thousands of pounds of paper, plastic, aluminum and food every day. To see how many materials were being thrown out, Minnesota’s state pollution control agency conducted a study, and what they found was shocking. On average, an estimated 483,520 pounds of wasted food, paper and liquids are [...]

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Alternatives to Homework: Ideas for Teachers

Typically, teachers use homework to gauge students’ comprehension of academic skills taught during the class period. Homework can do so much more than that. Teachers, instead, can use homework to reinforce positive behaviors and encourage self-discovery.This new approach to homework allows students to grow as learners and individuals by developing transferable skills, such as critical thinking and creativity, that can [...]

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How to Get Funding for Your Classroom Supply Needs

Back to school season is here, and this time of year can cause stress for teachers as they look for ways to fund classroom purchases. In need of supplies for their classrooms, many teachers personally take on the cost of restocking. The decision dip into their own pockets to keep their classroom adequately supplied is a tough [...]

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8 Tips to Make Grading More Efficient

If you’ve been a teacher for even a week, you know that the time demands are enormous. An article published by the Washington Post reports that teachers spend three to five additional hours per day completing tasks after they’ve finished teaching for the day, including grading student work.Most teachers are quick to admit that time spent grading student work [...]

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Tips from Teachers for Building Strong Parent Relationships

Weeks before the first call home or chaperone recruitment for a field trip, teachers have the opportunity to establish a strong relationship with students' parents and guardians. A working parent-teacher relationship is essential to ensure students thrive. This partnership can affect students’ motivation for learning, student behavior, and regular attendance. Teachers benefit from this relationship by learning more about students' [...]

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