Summer Course Gives Teachers a Head Start

More teachers are taking advantage of summer online courses for teachers to better prepare for the coming year. For students, summer represents a long-needed rest from school. The same can be said, however, for teachers. And a summer course is an ideal way ...

Classroom Management for Discipline and Focus

Classroom management is one of the biggest challenges teachers face. And students are more distracted than at any point in history, teachers say. So what can be done about it? An orderly classroom is key Problems in the classroom can include students with behavior issues not learning and thereby taking ...

The Art of the Doodle

There has been a stigma attached to doodling for far too long say supporters. The dictionary even defines doodling as "to waste (time) in aimless or foolish activity."  The tide of opinion, however, has been slowly turning in the doodle's favor. Educators, business leaders, and the medical field ...

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 someone is confused; enjoying the physical aspects of moving around the room interacting with individuals, doing what you ...

5 Tips for Improving Student Vocabulary

Definition of word vocabulary in dictionary To teach vocabulary effectively teachers must learn the skills necessary to apply the best approaches. Student vocabulary instruction is an art that will help pupils retain new terms that will allow them to prosper. So how is improving English vocabulary accomplished? According to Oxford ...

When Standardized Tests Change the Classroom Climate

Photo credit: Siaath via iStockphoto Five years ago, researchers for the National Education Association (NEA) surveyed 1,500 teachers from pre-kindergarten to Grade 12 about standardized testing. The results were alarming: Nearly half (45 percent) of teachers said that they had considered quitting their jobs at one ...

Core Strategies for Teaching ELL Students

Teaching English Language Learner (ELL) students is not an easy task in the realm of the regular classroom.  

Incorporating the needs of English learners while trying to keep the classroom pace going and classroom management in control requires skill ...

Mindfulness in the classroom: Does it work?

The teacher writes numbers on the white board in front of the class, preparing a lesson on fractions and decimals. Two girls are passing notes. A couple of kids in the back row are laughing about a secret joke. Several students have lost focus entirely, distracted by the windows, the ...

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 to close the “achievement gap” between poor and minority students and their peers. ESSA took ...