How to Identify Gifted Students in Your Classroom

One of the many challenges you may face in your classroom is the daunting task of supporting all learners. One group of students—gifted learners—is particularly challenging to support because these learners can be quite difficult to identify. As you know, giftedness has a lot to do with intelligence, but some of your most successful students may not be considered gifted. At [...]

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End-of-the-Year Ideas for Your Classroom (All Grades and Subjects!)

Can you believe the school year is almost over? Who are we kidding? Of course you can! We know it has probably been a long, challenging, and hopefully fun year. With the final days ticking away toward summer, you and your students may be getting restless. Keep the momentum going all the way to the final bell with these [...]

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​Be a Sport! How to Engage All Your Students in Sport Education

May is National Physical Fitness and Sport Month, and we can think of no better way to celebrate than to showcase the Sport Education Model. Sport education is about more than mastering physical skills; it’s about understanding the rules of the game and how to follow them, collaborating and cooperating with teammates, keeping score, developing strategies, displaying sportsmanship, and developing [...]

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Thank You Teachers!

The first week of May is Teacher Appreciation Week, and today—May 3rd—is Teacher Appreciation Day. Although we celebrate all-star teachers year round, we want to take a moment to recognize how important you are to the millions of lives you impact on a daily basis. We think this Key & Peele video gets it right in showing how important you [...]

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Unique Problem-Based Learning for the K-12 Classroom

A few weeks ago, a couple members of the Advancement Courses team attended the National Science Teachers Association’s (NSTA) annual conference. In addition to meeting thousands of excellent educators, the team had the chance to conduct a Problem-Based Learning (PBL) demo. Read on to learn more about the demo and how you can apply it in your classroom. PBL with Fairytales [...]

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Tax Day Lesson Plans and Write-Offs for Teachers

Tax Day is quickly approaching, and while many of us may dread it, it’s the perfect opportunity to infuse financial literacy into your classroom. From teaching what a tax is and what tax dollars are used for to helping students set up a personal budget, we’ve got plenty of ideas to make Tax Day a little less painful and [...]

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Celebrate World Health Day By Inspiring Healthy Habits in Any Classroom

Today, the World Health Organization (WHO) celebrates World Health Day by focusing on Beating Diabetes. In 2012, type II diabetes caused 1.5 million deaths worldwide and by 2030, the WHO projects that it will be the 7th leading cause of death around the world. Fortunately, type II diabetes is preventable and can be improved, delayed, and/or eliminated with lifestyle [...]

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​Put Spring Fever to Work in Your Classroom

Temperatures are rising and spring fever is in the air! Keep your students’ brains engaged by bringing the great outdoors into your instruction. Check out our Spring Pinterest Board for ideas to implement in your elementary, middle, and high school classrooms. Here are a few of our favorites: Elementary Math How Old is That Tree?: Did you know that you can measure [...]

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PE Activities to Engage Students in the Three Domains of Learning

As all PE teachers know, Physical Education is not just about playing games and getting kids to move; PE teachers also have the tremendous responsibility of building the foundation for healthy physical activity and a positive body image. Let’s not forget, PE teachers must engage their students in authentic, motivating lessons that will build their physical literacies while developing skills [...]

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Math Nerds Unite: It’s Pi Day!

Hey Mathematicians! Pi Day is finally here: a day when you can proudly honor your favorite irrational number while having an excuse to indulge in pie! Pi Day, celebrated each year on March 14th, is more than just a celebration of the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter; it’s a spectacular acknowledgement of math nerds worldwide. To honor your favorite math holiday, [...]

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