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To Help Respond to Disrespectful Behavior in the Classroom Get to the Root of the Behavior

February 11th, 2019

According to Public School Review, many public school teachers cite student attitudes, such as apathy and disrespect for teachers, as a significant problem facing schools today.1 What appears to be disrespect from students comes in many forms. As a teacher, you may see what you or others interpret as disrespectful behavior in your classroom. These… Continue Reading >

3 Ways to Incorporate Black History Month into Your Curriculum

February 5th, 2019

“In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute.” These words, spoken by Thurgood Marshall, the first African American U.S. Supreme Court member, aptly summarize a critical reason for all Americans to recognize, embrace, and learn about Black History Month every year. As a teacher responsible for illuminating young minds… Continue Reading >

The Top Five Habits of Highly Effective Teachers

January 21st, 2019

What do highly effective teachers have in common? If asked to recall the teacher that had the most impact on your academic development, you would likely be able to quickly name someone who made you feel excited about learning. You probably remember feeling that he or she cared for you and your success as a… Continue Reading >

How Your Body Language Impacts Your Teaching Success

January 15th, 2019

It’s not what you say; it’s how you say it. This truism is particularly relevant for teachers who spend their days standing in front of a group of young people helping them learn critical life skills and academic concepts. Throughout a school year, your students will become familiar with many intricacies of your body language… Continue Reading >

A Holiday Treat from PLS Classes

December 13th, 2018

‘Tis the season to take a break and enjoy a little bit of peace and quiet. And why not do that with a warm, steaming cup of creamy hot chocolate? We hope you enjoy this holiday recipe from our team at PLS Classes. Homemade Hot Chocolate Ingredients: 2 cups of milk (You can also use… Continue Reading >

Seven Tips to Stop the Spread of Germs in Your Classroom

December 10th, 2018

We are fully in the grasp of cold and flu season, which means that every coughing, sneezing, sniffling child in your classroom could put other students—or you—at risk of falling ill too. According to WebMD, the average American child contracts six to 10 colds per year, making colds the number one illness resulting in doctors’… Continue Reading >

Five Holiday Time Savers for Busy Teachers

December 1st, 2018

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! And, it’s also one of the busiest! With the holidays upon us, you might find you have less time than usual to get everything done. This season, we’re here to help! Follow these five tips and you’ll have more free time to spend with friends and family,… Continue Reading >

Seven Ways Teachers can Encourage Independent Reading In and Out of the Classroom

November 7th, 2018

One of the many reasons that you are an inspiring teacher is that you appreciate the feeling of getting lost inside a great book. You know what it’s like to feel as if the characters are your friends, to wish to live in the same town or mythical world as the story’s hero, and even… Continue Reading >

Recognizing the Warning Signs of a Student Struggling with a Mental Health Disorder

November 1st, 2018

As a teacher, you spend a lot of time with your students. And next to a student’s close family and friends you may be the best equipped to identify signs that something is wrong. Mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, and substance abuse don’t usually come out of nowhere. Yet sometimes it’s hard to… Continue Reading >

Girls and Bullying: How can teachers help identify and stop bullying?

October 4th, 2018

Pop culture movies, music, and television shows often depict girls—as early as during elementary school—as being viciously cruel and judgmental to their classmates. The “mean girl” archetype has evolved for a reason. According to National Voices for Equality, Education, and Enlightenment (NVEEE), more girls (59 percent) are cyberbullies than boys. The National Education Association (NEA)… Continue Reading >