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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Getting Started: Yoga in the Classroom

Yoga has been gaining popularity in the K-12 school setting, particularly over the past decade. In fact, Harvard Health reports that 1.7 million U.S. children did yoga in 2012 — an increase of 400,000 from 2007. As more and more research points to evidence that yoga can improve academic achievement, positive behavior, and overall well-being, a growing number [...]

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4 Types of Learners in Education

Now that school is back in session, it’s important to develop lesson plans to help all your students learn in a way that fits their individual needs. When teachers understand the characteristics of different learning styles and associated instruction strategies, they are better able to address the instructional requirements of all their students.Because every student learns differently, learning styles [...]

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Helping Classrooms Thrive: An Interview with Teacher Josh Montero

Advancement Courses has been partnering with the online charity, DonorsChoose.org, since 2015. Each year, we donate 10 percent of all sales during each back-to-school season to help students and teachers in need. This year, from August to October, we were able to donate $38,929 to 252 different projects to reach 32,834 students across the nation.One of the teachers we were able [...]

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