Helping Classrooms Thrive: An Interview with Teacher Josh Montero

Advancement Courses has been partnering with the online charity, DonorsChoose.org, since 2015. Each year, we donate 10 percent of all sales during each back-to-school season to help students and teachers in need. This year, from August to October, we were able to donate $38,929 to 252 different projects to reach 32,834 students across the nation.One of the teachers we were able [...]

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Signs of Dyslexia in Students

Affecting up to 12% of school age children, students with the learning disabilities designated as dyslexia, dysgraphia, and oral and written language learning disability (OWL LD) are characterized by impaired abilities in oral language, reading, handwriting, spelling, and writing. While experts aren’t sure what causes these disabilities, they to tend to run in families, and affect the areas of the [...]

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​Every Classroom Counts: How Advancement Courses Is Funding Success

Back to school time is here, and parents and students aren’t the only ones stocking up on supplies. It’s no secret that teachers often use their own money to purchase essential classroom items, fund projects, and more. Though schools have typically provided many of these items in the past, budget cuts and funding shortages mean that many teachers now [...]

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Organization Tips for Your Elementary Classroom Library

For elementary-age students, a well-organized classroom library can spark a love of reading that will last a lifetime. If the idea of setting up a classroom library seems intimidating, don’t worry! Here are our favorite tips for organizing and maintaining your library so that it’s easy to use (and keep track of) for years to come.Categorize Your Books  The first step [...]

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New Teacher Checklist: Your Plan for the First Day of School

As a new teacher, it’s normal to feel both nervous and excited as the first day of school approaches. There’s a lot to do to make sure your first day goes well, and a checklist can help you stay on track. When you take the time to prepare, you can transform first-day jitters into positive energy. Planning ahead is [...]

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Choosing the Right Education Tablet for the Classroom

Tablets are everywhere, from how we watch Netflix to how we pay for meals and amuse our kids. The classroom is no exception. Tablets can be a powerful, relatively inexpensive and portable learning tool to take your students into 21 st century learning. They can motivate your students while also creating personalized educational experiences. But in a world filled with choices, [...]

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3 Self-Care Strategies for Teachers

It should come as no surprise that stress is a significant health concern for teachers, with most reporting experiencing stress on a daily basis. With commitments to your students, your colleagues, and the administrators at your school, as well as a growing personal to-do list, it can be difficult to balance it all while still [...]

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Put a Halt on Summer Slide with These Foolproof Ideas

Summer slide. It’s real and it’s hard to avoid. Rather than spending weeks at the beginning of the school year re-teaching material that your students have forgotten over the summer, check out these tips to preserve the progress your students have made this year. Looking for even more ideas? We’ve put together a Pinterest board with additional tips for [...]

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Infuse Financial Literacy Into Your Classroom With Tax Day

Tax Day is quickly approaching, and while many of us may dread it, it’s the perfect opportunity to infuse financial literacy into your classroom. From teaching what a tax is and what tax dollars are used for to helping students set up a personal budget, we’ve got plenty of ideas to make Tax Day a little less painful and [...]

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​Teaching with Timelines During Black History Month

Black History Month, also known as National African American History Month, celebrates the many accomplishments of black Americans and also provides a great opportunity to reinforce how to effectively use timelines. See below for suggestions on how to teach black history using timelines while developing your students’ critical-thinking and creativity skills. Develop a Foundation First Timelines are more than just a visual tool [...]

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