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Seven Tips to Stop the Spread of Germs in Your Classroom

FacebookTwitterLinkedinPinterestPrintemailWe 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

FacebookTwitterLinkedinPinterestPrintemailOne 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

FacebookTwitterLinkedinPinterestPrintemailNew 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

FacebookTwitterLinkedinPinterestPrintemailThe 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

FacebookTwitterLinkedinPinterestPrintemailIt’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

FacebookTwitterLinkedinPinterestPrintemailStudents 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 >

Get Past the Stress of Standardized Tests

FacebookTwitterLinkedinPinterestPrintemailStandardized testing season is upon us, and these testing weeks can be stressful for teachers, school leadership, parents, and students alike. There is an extreme divide in how individuals feel about the common core standards and methods of teaching and testing. And then there is the pressure of new computer-based testing in some states. If… Continue Reading >

10 Stress Busters for Teachers

FacebookTwitterLinkedinPinterestPrintemailDid you know that April is stress awareness month? As a teacher, you are probably already very aware of the stress that creeps into your workday. And you are not alone. According to a 2016 study, forty-six percent of teachers say they feel high daily stress, which is on par with other intense professions such… Continue Reading >

Best Practices for Communicating Effectively with Critical Parents

FacebookTwitterLinkedinPinterestPrintemailYou have a lot in common with your students’ parents. You both want your students to succeed and are motivated to advocate for their achievement. While teachers can be impartial and objective when assessing a student’s performance, a parent may be more naturally inclined to express their frustration when they do not see the results they… Continue Reading >

Supersized Classrooms: Best Practices for Managing Large Groups of Students

FacebookTwitterLinkedinPinterestPrintemailIs your classroom bursting at the seams? As a K-12 teacher, you know that fostering a strong learning environment through quality classroom management is a key factor is setting students up for success. You also know that having a class size of 20, 30, or even 40 students can pose a serious challenge to creating… Continue Reading >