Teaching during a pandemic: Everything is changing

It’s August now – the month when teachers traditionally decorate their bulletin boards, prepare their lesson plans, and get ready to welcome a new group of students to their classroom. At least that’s

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Why can it be so hard to teach students to write?

If you are a teacher who has struggled with teaching your students to write, you’re not alone. The research studies and reports have become relentless over the past couple of decades: Students are having

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How to expand students’ vocabulary in different and fun ways

Is stale the best word, or is stagnant better? Is there rain outside, or a deluge? Do you hear noise, or a commotion? And are the differences important? They are, especially in a world where teens text

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8 smart resources for teaching online during COVID-19

Distance learning. It even sounds remote, doesn’t it? It’s teaching without all the interpersonal aspects – seeing your classroom full of eager faces; understanding your students enough to know when

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How to teach art when you think you aren’t an artist

“Oh, no, I can’t even draw a straight line.” That’s the response many people give when the topic of art comes up. The thing is, art is not about drawing straight lines. And if you need one, you

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Students with anxiety and depression: How teachers can help

The statistics tell the story: More students of all ages – from elementary through college – are living with anxiety and depression than ever before, according to the Centers for Disease Control and

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Nearly 5 years into ESSA, where does student assessment stand?

At the end of 2015, President Barack Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) into law, building on and replacing the outdated No Child Left Behind Act. Both acts had, as a centerpiece, the need

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Fixed mindset or growth mindset: Which is your classroom?

Children are observed and “graded” from the time they’re born: She learned her alphabet at age 2; he has math aptitude. Or the opposite: She has trouble with numbers; he struggles with reading. Here’s

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New Year’s Resolutions for Teachers: Make 2020 a Creative, Passionate year

Every January, the temptation beckons: New Year’s Resolutions. Will this be the year that we actually lose a few pounds, spend more time with your family, learn healthy recipes,  or increase your activity

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