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Should You Give Students Bonus Points? Weighing the Pros and Cons of Giving Extra Credit

FacebookTwitterLinkedinPinterestPrintemailIn general, students love extra credit. For some, it’s an opportunity to make up for a missed assignment or a poor test grade. For others, notably the high-achievers, it’s an opportunity to excel at the highest level. However, is extra credit a strategy that is genuinely in your students’ best interests? Before you offer your… Continue Reading >

Five Ways to Encourage More Classroom Participation from Your Students

FacebookTwitterLinkedinPinterestPrintemailHow many times in the day do you find yourself asking questions of your students, and then staring out into a room of disinterested faces? Or how about facing a group of students trying not to make eye contact with you because they don’t want you to call on them? There are many reasons why… Continue Reading >

Community Outreach and Engagement Ideas for Teachers

FacebookTwitterLinkedinPinterestPrintemailIt’s been said that it takes a village to raise a child, which means the residents of your community are just as crucial to helping your students achieve their academic and personal development goals as nearly any other members of your administration. Obtain community support and show your neighbors why they should be invested in… Continue Reading >

Four Ways to Incorporate Social Emotional Learning into the Classroom

FacebookTwitterLinkedinPinterestPrintemailAdolescent years are more than a time for educational development. They are a time for young people to learn the critical personal and interpersonal skills needed to succeed in the workplace and life. Schools across the country are incorporating social emotional learning (SEL) techniques into their instruction to help students understand the complexities of emotions… Continue Reading >

The Link Between Parental Involvement and Student Achievement

FacebookTwitterLinkedinPinterestPrintemailWhether you’ve been teaching for one year or twenty, you have likely witnessed a broad spectrum of parental involvement. Some parents are extremely cognizant of their child’s progress and are heavily committed to hands-on support. Other parents may take a less collaborative and integrated approach — and some parents fall somewhere in the middle. Read… Continue Reading >

Tips to Help Students Stress Less and Do Well on Final Exams

FacebookTwitterLinkedinPinterestPrintemailIt’s June, and you know what that means. Summer vacation is so close that it’s nearly tangible (cue “The Final Countdown”). If you’re feeling the itch to start enjoying summer break, then you know your students are too. There is only one hurdle standing between you and your students and warm, long, summer days: Final… Continue Reading >

How to Best Help a Chronically Late or Absent Student

FacebookTwitterLinkedinPinterestPrintemailYou’ve heard the expression; ninety percent of success is just showing up. This aphorism is valid for student success at any age. Students cannot be fully engaged in learning or gain enough exposure to theories and concepts if they are chronically absent or late to class. What causes such truancy and how can you as… Continue Reading >

Three Benefits of Reflective Teaching and How to Practice it in Your Classroom

FacebookTwitterLinkedinPinterestPrintemail As a teacher, your profession may provide you with a sense of comforting cyclicality. While curriculum evolves, the fundamentals of many subjects and age-based learning expectations vary little over time. As a result, you may enjoy the familiarity of teaching many of the same lesson plans year after year. When you fall into a… Continue Reading >