Classroom Routines to the Rescue

Last week, we introduced the importance of establishing classroom routines. We focused on movement, especially bathroom breaks, which will allow you, the teacher, to have more time to devote to teaching and less time spent writing bathroom passes. This week, we will offer additional strategies to get the most out of your classroom time. Distributing Supplies Distributing supplies is [...]

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Routines: The Keys to Success

What is the key to a successful school year? The answer is one word: routines. By establishing effective classroom routines, you will enable your students to feel empowered when they enter your room and to concentrate on what they are learning. It will also enable you to have a smooth, organized, and well-run classroom. Establishing Routines As you think about your classroom [...]

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Everything You Need to Know About the Electoral College (in case your students ask)

It’s a presidential election year, so there’s a lot of buzz in the media about the presidential campaign. Since your students are hearing about the election constantly, it may become a topic of conversation in your classroom. One topic that tends to cause some confusion for students is the Electoral College. While you’ve definitely heard of the Electoral College, [...]

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Teaching English Language Learners (ELLs) in the Elementary Classroom

Having non- or limited-English speaking students in your general education classroom can be a challenge, especially if you have little experience working with English Language Learners. In the elementary classroom, it is difficult to support the different needs of all of your students, and adding a language barrier to the mix only makes it more challenging. Luckily, there are [...]

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Navigating Parent-Teacher Conferences

It’s almost time for the first parent-teacher conferences of the school year. Whether this is the first round of conferences of your teaching career, or your hundredth, communicating with parents can be intimidating. Remember, despite the stress and challenge of these conferences, your mission is to partner with parents to ensure your students’ success. Here are a few tips to [...]

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Keys to a Stress-Free Back-to-School Night

Even though you stand up in front of students every day, back-to-school night might make you anxious. In many schools, back-to-school night begins with a meeting in the auditorium in which parents are welcomed by the principal who then introduces the teachers. Teachers are excused to return to their classrooms while parents stay to hear a speech from the principal. [...]

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Developing Digital Citizens: A Guide for Grades 6-12

How do you think your students spent their summer vacation? More than likely, many of them spent thousands of hours connected to the online world on social network sites, shopping, and/or gaming with friends. In fact, according to the most recent study from the Pew Research Center (2015), 92% of teens report going online daily, including 24% who say they [...]

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​Teaching Digital Citizenship in the K-5 Classroom

As you begin the school year, you may be eager to try a variety of fun digital tools with your students. And as you integrate the Common Core and P21 learning standards in your classroom, it’s required that you incorporate technology in the classroom. While we love technology, it’s important to take some precautions when engaging students—especially young [...]

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Question Stems to Stir Discussion Early This School Year

Teachers ask students roughly 300-400 questions every day. With so much of your time spent asking questions to students, it’s important to plan thoughtful, open-ended questions in order to make the most of these interactions. Questioning may seem easy, but there is an art to crafting questions that will not only stir discussion and push student thinking, but that will [...]

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Alleviating Anxiety in the Classroom

As you begin this school year, you may feel anxious and stressed. While these feelings are normal, finding ways to reduce them will lead to a happier and more productive start to the school year. We often try to escape anxiety the moment it surfaces, but that can actually make it worse. In fact, one of the most effective ways [...]

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