Tournament of Teachers: Would You Rather Edition (Part 1)

It’s March, spring is right around the corner, and that can only mean one thing: The start of the big college basketball tournament. To get into the spirit of the competition, Advancement Courses is hosting our own bracket challenge! For a fun twist, we’ve chosen 32 awkward situations only elementary and middle school teachers would have to face, and we [...]

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Using Sports Statistics to Teach Math

More than half of all children play team sports, according to the Aspen Institute. The nonprofit think tank’s annual report found that, in 2017, 56.5 percent of children played a team sport at least once during the year. That’s the highest point in six years. Sports are great for engaging children in exercise and competition, but don’t overlook the relevance [...]

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How Teachers Celebrate Women's History Month

March in the United States is honored as National Women’s History Month. Classrooms across the country celebrated women’s achievements during the last two centuries.From famous female athletes such as Wilma Rudolph to civil-rights activist Rosa Parks and suffragist Susan B. Anthony, to the women portrayed in the movie Hidden Figures about NASA mathematicians, hundreds of women have broken barriers and paved [...]

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Mad Libs with Dr. Seuss

If Dr. Seuss isn’t the most famous children’s author of all time, he’s near the top of the list. Not only has Theodor Seuss Geisel, under the pen name Dr. Seuss, received prestigious honors like the Children’s Literature Legacy Award and the Pulitzer Prize, he remains a household name 82 years after his first book was published. For confirmation of his [...]

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School Elections: Teaching Students About American Government

Schools have a deep-rooted and often unspoken mandate to instill the virtues of democracy in students. Student government teaches children that their voices can make a difference, and voting for our government’s leaders is one of the rights guaranteed to citizens in the U.S. Constitution. Without a political education, students will reach adulthood without the necessary skills and knowledge to [...]

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Celebrating Black Artists in the Classroom

Black History Month gives reason for both celebration and remembrance. As a teacher, you have an opportunity to showcase the bounty of accomplishments created through the creativity and resilience of this community. Of course, Black History Month is not only a celebration, but also a reflection on the many trials and injustices persons of color have endured. Their communities [...]

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Importance of Parent-Teacher Communication

I had taught art for eight years and was making the leap to teach second- and third-graders. As I prepared to teach reading, writing, and math instead of the elements of design and color theory, I was overly nervous. I turned to my principal for guidance on how to be an effective classroom teacher. He gave me one piece [...]

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Making it Count: Real-World Math Problems

A student may walk into algebra class day in and day out, wondering, “When are we ever going to use this stuff?” It’s a question asked in classrooms of all types across the country but is perhaps most pertinent when it comes to math. Luckily, real-world math problems provide a powerful answer to that frequently asked question. Real-world math problems [...]

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Music for Physical Education Classes

Childhood obesity remains a serious problem in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Since the 1970s, the percentage of children and adolescents impacted by obesity has more than tripled. Nearly one in five children and young people are considered obese. Physical education is an important asset for students, and its benefits extend beyond [...]

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How to Engage Students after Winter Break

Those rejuvenating weeks of winter break. What teacher doesn’t need the recharge that comes with family, friends, and carbohydrate-rich junk food? Of course, your students enjoyed their vacation, as well, but let’s face facts. They didn’t spend their downtime preparing for another semester of academic rigor. Now that January has arrived, it’s time to jumpstart the school year’s second half, [...]

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