Using Tournament Brackets to Teach

During this time of year, basketball is on many students’ minds. The big college basketball tournament is right around the corner, and there are many ways to incorporate it into your lesson plans. It’s a great opportunity to create cross-curricular activities to show students that what they learn in school has real-world application outside the classroom. The time between [...]

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Black History Month: Why Timelines Matter

John Chavis is an American hero who never became a household name. Despite receiving little formal schooling, he was admitted to Princeton University on a scholarship that required rigorous testing in grammar, composition, geography, history, ancient languages, and mathematics. He served in the military for three years and tutored orphans before becoming a traveling preacher whose greatest desire was to care for [...]

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Teachers Share Their New Year’s Resolutions

The new year is here, and that means you’ve probably thought about your resolutions and set some objectives for 2018. January is when many teachers take time to reflect on the past year and self-assess, as well as set goals for themselves and their students. Resolutions can be especially beneficial because they create focus, provide momentum, and give you a [...]

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6 ELL Strategies for Teachers

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, about 9 percent of students in U.S. public schools are English Language Learners (ELL), and that number is closer to 14 percent in major cities.As classroom demographics continue to shift, student diversity is an important topic for teachers to address. Especially since most ELLs will be in regular-content classrooms, it’s important to ensure [...]

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Now Introducing: Improvements to Your AC Learning Experience

Advancement Courses is always working to bring educators high-quality courses and the best professional development experience possible. That’s why we’re launching upgrades designed to enhance your learning experience and make it easier to use. Starting today, our courses will be delivered using Moodle, a premier learning management system (LMS). New Learning Management System Beginning January 4, all of our courses will be delivered [...]

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12 Teachers Share Their Favorite Holiday Classroom Activities

The holiday season is a fun-filled time of year, especially for younger students. Holiday-themed lessons are a great way to celebrate with your students while creating meaningful learning opportunities. We asked some of our teachers to share how they incorporate holiday activities into the classroom, and they provided some great ideas! Below are some of their suggestions.Holiday Classroom Activities  Holiday window [...]

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Lesson Plan Inspiration: The Life Cycle of a Snowflake

During the winter months, snowflakes and the science surrounding them can serve as lesson plan inspiration for elementary students of all ages. Getting students involved with understanding the world around them is a great way to cultivate wonder through engaging learning experiences. From math concepts to diversity and more, there are many ways you can incorporate snowflakes into your classroom.The [...]

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Creative Writing Prompts for Kids

Writing prompts are designed to get students interested in a specific topic while encouraging them to write about it in a thoughtful, imaginative way. Creative writing and journaling are ideal for helping students express their feelings, clarify their ideas, and more. It’s no secret that writing and other communication skills are important for ongoing success in students of all ages. [...]

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Educational Fall Field Trip Ideas

Field trips can be amazing learning experiences. They provide students with the opportunity to actively participate in education, offering learning possibilities that aren’t readily available in the classroom. There are many benefits to incorporating field trips into your lesson plans. For example, a study by the U.S. Travel Association found that “regardless of gender, ethnicity or socioeconomic status, youth [...]

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2017 #EveryClassroomCounts Results

In 2015, Advancement Courses began partnering with the online charity, DonorsChoose.org, by donating 10% of all sales during each back-to-school season to help students and teachers in need. From August to October, teachers across the country submitted their projects for consideration using #EveryClassroomCounts.2017 saw a record-breaking number of project submissions, and we were amazed by [...]

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