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Eight Fun and Engaging Activities to Stay Busy and Safe at Home

Until COVID-19 is behind us, we know that we are all safer practicing social distancing by staying home. For teachers, this means time away from your friends, family, school, and students, which may begin to make you feel isolated as the weeks turn into months. If a student were experiencing a challenging life event and… Continue Reading >

Five Stress Busters for Your Students

How is your stress level? What about the stress level among your students? Talk to any of your family or friends, and they may share with you feelings of stress. According to WebMD, adults often cite factors such as work, childcare, relationships, and financial pressures as stress stimuli (Goldberg, 2018). Your students may be feeling… Continue Reading >

The Top Five Habits of Highly Effective Teachers

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

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 >

Seven Tips to Stop the Spread of Germs in Your Classroom

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 >

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

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 >

Ten Stress Relievers for Elementary and Middle School Students

New teachers. New schedules. New faces. Oh my! A new school year can be a stressful time for teachers and students alike! Adjusting to a new classroom, making new friends, changing classes, or even paying attention during lessons (after a long and lazy summer) can make even the most confident students stressed. While some stress… Continue Reading >

Summer is Calling: How to Keep Students Focused in the Days Before Summer Vacation

The days are getting longer, the air is warm, the sky is full of sunshine, and your students have one thing on their minds — summer vacation! In the weeks preceding summer break, you may find your students are more likely to stare out the window and daydream than focus on your instruction. Follow these… Continue Reading >

Elementary School Teachers: Top 10 Ways to Wrap Up the Academic Year

It’s hard to believe — it’s almost the end of another school year! The close of another academic year is bittersweet. After all, you’re so proud of all that your students have achieved and you’re happy to see them move forward, yet on the other hand, boy are you going to miss them! Before you… Continue Reading >

Classroom Full of Chatterboxes? Five Techniques to Keep Students Focused

Students will almost always outnumber teachers, which is why, at times, getting an excited, talkative group of students to focus can be one of the most challenging (and sometimes frustrating) aspects of your day. Regardless of the odds, there are proven techniques that can help you ensure you are maximizing the time available in your… Continue Reading >