Fitting Physical Activity into the School Day

May is Physical Fitness and Sports month and it is a great time to highlight the many ways that educators, and other child advocates, can work to help students thrive. Obesity is a known epidemic in the United States and childhood obesity rates have tripled since the 1970s.While some may argue that there has been a more conscious effort [...]

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3 Poetry Exercises that Spark a Love for Language

Why teach poetry? Moreover, why facilitate poetry exercises in the classroom?Standing amid a flood of competing to-do items, teachers face several tough choices when designing lesson plans. Common core objectives, state requirements, parent and administrative expectations—all these teacherly commitments blend into one big responsibility smoothie. The result: the Humanities often fall by the wayside. However, a giant caveat exists. While [...]

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Designing an Inclusive Classroom

It’s the night before the first day of school. Lynn is laying in bed, eyes wide, her thoughts racing. She imagines everything that could possibly go wrong the first day.She worries that she’s not ready. Lynn’s biggest fear is that she has no idea who will be in her class – she won’t find out until she gets [...]

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Overcoming Teaching Challenges in the 2017-2018 School Year

Teachers face challenges every day.Sometimes it’s from students, whether they’re misbehaving or failing to fully grasp a concept. Other times it’s expectations or stress related to the school administration. Either way, teachers across the country can bond over the challenges they face and overcome. These challenges can lead to stress, which makes it difficult to continue to grow and [...]

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Self-Care Strategies for Special Education Teachers

Burnout is prevalent among all levels of education, but it hits the hardest in special education.Special education teachers experience some of the highest attrition rates of any school employee. A recent study from 2015 found that 13 percent of special education teachers leave jobs annually, likely due to burnout and a lack of support in their classrooms. There is already [...]

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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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