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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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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