5 Tips for Overcoming Teacher Burnout

Life as a teacher is full of stress.A recent Gallup poll found that 46 percent of teachers in grades K-12 reported high daily stress, while other studies have found that teachers endure stressful moments two to four times per day. We at Advancement Courses wanted to reach out to teachers to see how they handle the day-to-day stress [...]

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How to Move From Surviving to Thriving

Ever feel like you’re treading water as a teacher? Like you’re juggling priorities without ever feeling like you’re fulfilling your dreams as an educator?You’re not alone. It’s common for teachers in the first, second, and third years of teaching (and beyond!) to feel like they’re merely surviving in the classroom. Yet, thriving is the goal. Thriving occurs when you’re innovating [...]

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The Best Books for Teachers to Read Over Spring Break

Spring break is approaching, and it marks the perfect time to enjoy some quality “you” time. There are plenty of interesting fictional reads to help you unwind and self-help choices to energize your to-do list.Here are some of the best books for teachers during spring break.1. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins This psychological thriller has drawn comparisons to Gillian Flynn’s [...]

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Spring Break Bucket List for Teachers

It’s almost spring break! After three or more months without an extended break, you and your students are ready for some time away from the classroom.It’s important for everyone, students and teachers alike, to take a mental break from the grind of school. That way you’ll be refreshed and ready to go down the home stretch before state and [...]

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Vocabulary Activities for English Language Learners

“Teaching vocabulary to English language learners (ELLs) is essential to developing learners who are skilled communicators of the target language,” according to Lisa Cox, an instructional designer at Advancement Courses. “Without vocabulary, communication often stops when the learner does not know a vocabulary word or does not possess the words necessary to explain or describe this unknown word.”Vocabulary is also [...]

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A Tournament of Teachers: On-Screen Players Revealed

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 fictional teachers from books, movies and television to see how [...]

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A Tournament of Teachers: Literary Players Revealed

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 fictional teachers from books, movies, and television to see how they stack up. The contest [...]

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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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