Maximizing Learning Through Effective Classroom Seating Arrangements

For teachers, the way you set up your classroom can determine how much learning gets done each day.From traditional rows and columns to horseshoes and group setups, there are numerous ways to arrange a classroom. The decisions teachers make about whether students can select their own seats and the actual physical design of the classroom can have a big [...]

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Hypothetical Situations in the Classroom Part 2

Teaching is much more than reading curriculum guides, designing lesson plans, learning new technology, and implementing teaching strategies. In fact, all teachers, regardless of grade level or years of experience, are tested with decisions about classroom management. What works for one teacher in one school, district, or state may – or may not – work for another.We spoke with teachers [...]

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School's Out! Avoiding the Summer Slide (Infographic)

Core skills like reading, writing and math take practice. Just like playing a sport, you wouldn’t stop for months at a time and expect to maintain your progress. Regardless, many kids close their books at the end of the school year and wait until August to open them back up. The “summer slide” is real [...]

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How Teachers Can Make the Most of a Second Job

Teachers work hard to guide students through the educational experience and foster their growth into intelligent, capable adults. But despite the profession’s merits, teacher pay isn’t always enough to make ends meet. As NEAToday reports, about 16 percent of K-12 teachers nationwide work second jobs outside of school. A second job enables teachers to buy homes, save for retirement, raise [...]

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Hypothetical Situations in the Classroom Part 1

One of the many challenges teachers face is classroom management. The Glossary of Education Reform (2014), identifies classroom management as the wide variety of skills and techniques that teachers use to keep students organized, orderly, focused, attentive, on task, and academically productive during a class. Unfortunately, earning a teching degree cannot possibly prepare graduates for the breadth of difficult situations they might [...]

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School Lunches in America: A Brief History (Infographic)

In the early 1900s, parents and teachers began to notice the link between a child’s level of nutrition and their academic performance. Through legislation and collaboration with food vendors, schools began to build lunch—and eventually breakfast—programs in an attempt to combat hunger and malnutrition. Let’s take a look at nutrition standards in public schools and how they have changed from [...]

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Beyond Red Ink: 7 Ways to Differentiate Instruction Through Assessment

We need to differentiate instruction. Derived from the word “different,” differentiation points to the fact that different ways of teaching can help you reach more children with the knowledge they need to master something. You’ve heard good teachers say it this way when a child is struggling: “Well, let’s try this a different way.”But with technology, I think we’re [...]

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Teaching Students on the Autism Spectrum

Autism spectrum disorder, otherwise known as ASD, affects communication and behavior. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, autism is categorized as a developmental disorder because symptoms often appear in the first two years of life.People with ASD often have a range of conditions characterized by challenges with communication and interaction with others, restricted interests, repetitive behaviors and unique strengths [...]

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7 Teacher Movies to Watch Over Summer Break

Teachers, you deserve summer break.After working long hours during the school year, you can take advantage of summer to relax, unwind, and recharge before the next school year begins. It’s a perfect time to re-watch classic movies that you haven’t seen in years. Here’s a list of seven movies you can watch with your friends this summer that feature [...]

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Nothing Personal: Healthy Arguments in the Classroom

It’s usually a teacher’s first instinct to break up a fight or argument between students.But notwithstanding physical violence and emotional abuse, allowing children to experience arguments and disagreements is a good thing. When children disagree with others, they are forced to become creative, to derive new methods and ways to convey their message about why they are right. While disagreements [...]

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