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Christmas and Wintertime Vocabulary Word List
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Smart Ways to Prevent Summer Brain Drain
Want to avoid summer brain drain? Discover a list of creative ways to prevent children from summer learning loss.
Common Phrases for Elementary Report Cards
Here you will find a collection of report card comments and suggestions to help you speed up the report card process.
Top 8 Components of a Well-Written Lesson Plan
The perfect lesson plan includes 8 parts - Objective, Anticipatory Set, Direct Instruction, Guided Practice, Closure, Independent Practice, Required Materials, and Assessment/Follow-Up.
Christmas Journal Writing Prompts
Use these Christmas journal writing prompts to support your creative writing program in the month of December.
What Exactly is the Role of a Teacher?
What is the role of a teacher? Learn a teacher's role along with the specific duties they must perform.
The 8 Steps to an Effective Lesson Plan: Step 1...
Setting lesson plan objectives is the first step in writing lesson plans. Learn how to write clearly-defined objectives and goals.
Christmas Math Word Problems
Use these sample Christmas math word problems as templates for customizing your own festive math worksheets.
The 8 Steps to an Effective Lesson Plan: Step 2...
Anticipatory sets are the part of lesson plans that activate background knowledge for your students as you begin a lesson plan and get ready to enter the direct instruction. Anticipatory Sets are the second step of a well-written 8-step lesson plan.
Use This 8-Step Lesson Plan Template for Fast,...
Use this blank 8-part lesson plan template every time that you need to write a lesson plan for elementary school teaching.
6 Things We Can Learn from Successful Teachers
Successful teachers share these 6 key traits. Cultivate these attributes in yourself to maximize your effectiveness in the classroom.
Here's How to Write Your Educational Philosophy
Here you will find an educational philosophy sample statement. Use this example as inspiration to help you create your own statement.
What Is an Educational Philosophy and Why Does...
A definition of the education term Educational Philosophy.
20 Tricks for Getting Your Students' Attention
Discover 20 attention signals to get (and keep) your students attention. Plus: tips to help you keep your students' attention.
The Top 7 Reasons to Become a Teacher
Are you thinking about becoming a teacher? Here are the top seven reasons to become a teacher.
Christmas Acrostic Poem Lesson Plan
Need a quick Christmas poetry lesson plan? Combine poetry and character-building with this Christmas Acrostic Poem Lesson Plan.
Writing Rubric
Here you will find a basic writing rubric for elementary grade students, along with samples of an expository and narrative rubric. Plus: Learn how to use a writing rubric.
Christmas Tongue Twisters Lesson
Teach your students about alliteration and they'll have a blast creating their own Christmas Tongue Twisters.
How to Design Your Educational Philosophy: 7...
Design an educational philosophy to guide your decision-making and to help remind you why you entered teaching in the first place.
5 Tips to Help the Disorganized Student
Practical tips for teachers who want to help organize their disorganized students in the classroom, including using a checklist and memory aids.
Use These Simple Topics for Impromptu Oral...
A list of speech topics that can be assigned for impromptu oral presentations in the elementary school classroom. These speech topics are fun for your students to write and present to the class.
Best Kept Secrets on Acing a Teaching Interview
You've scored a teacher interview, now it's time to learn how to ace it. How do you dress? What do you bring? What do you say? Learn the answers to all of these important questions and much more.
Here's What You Need to Know about Lesson Plans
What is a lesson plan? It is a detailed guide for how a lesson will be taught. Here is a quick guide on everything you need to know about a lesson plan.
Smart Ways to Motivate Students
Discover 5 effective ways to motivate elementary students and get them excited about learning.
How to Write a Lesson Plan in Less Than an Hour
Lesson plans are the bread and butter of good elementary school teaching. Here are some quick tips for writing a solid and clear lesson plan.
Classroom Fashion: 7 Tips to Dressing Like a...
Wouldn't everyone prefer to wear sweatshirts and flip-flops to work? When you are a school teacher, this is out of the question. Here are some guidelines.
Elementary Teacher Qualifications
Discover what teacher qualifications are needed to become an elementary school teacher. This includes education, degree, licensing, certification and continuing education.
8 Signs You Were Meant to Be a Teacher
Are you thinking about becoming a teacher? If you possess these qualities, you would probably make a great teacher!
The 8 Steps to an Effective Lesson Plan: Step 4...
Guided Practice is the fourth step in writing an effective and strong lesson plan for the elementary school classroom. In Guided Practice, you give the students a chance to practice the skills they've acquired.
The 8 Steps to an Effective Lesson Plan: Step 6...
Independent Practice is the sixth step in writing an effective lesson plan for the elementary classroom. In Independent Practice, you let the students work independently so that you can assess their progress in meeting the learning objectives.
Make a Great First Impression with a Welcome...
Start the year off right with a student welcome letter. Learn tips, suggestions and a sample letter for students and parents.
Last Day of School Activities
Make the most of the last day of school with these fun activities that celebrate the school year coming to a close.
How to Translate Your Teaching Skills Into...
Have you ever considered starting a tutoring business? Tutoring can be a lucrative and personally rewarding venture that combines the best of teaching with the convenience of designing your own schedule.
8 Proven Strategies to Help Reluctant Readers
What makes a student a reluctant reader? This quick resource will provide you with proven strategies and tips to get your reluctant reader, reading.
Scoring Rubric
Here you will find a basic scoring rubric for elementary grade students. Learn how to use a scoring rubric in addition to a sample rubric that you can print.
17 Scaffolding Techniques to Use When...
Techniques for scaffolding instruction to support student learning in the classroom.
What is a Thematic Unit?
What is a thematic unit? It is a series of activities across the curriculum that are centered around one theme. Here will learn the key components, how to create a unit plan and much more.
The 8 Steps to an Effective Lesson Plan: Step 8...
The Assessment and Follow-up section is the eighth part of writing an effective lesson plan. During Assessment, you measure to what degree your students have met the lesson plan's learning objectives.
Essay Rubric
Here you will find examples of an essay rubric for elementary grade students. Learn how to use an essay rubric in addition to a sample of a formal and informal rubric that you can print.
Create the Ultimate Organized Classroom
Create an organized classroom with these ideas, tips and tricks that will help make your classroom an efficient, well-managed environment. Learn how to stay organized and get your students to pitch in.
Christmas Lesson Plans
Ideas for Christmas Lesson Plans (Hanukkah and Winter, too).
Heterogeneous Groups
A definition of the education glossary term Heterogeneous Groups.
Elementary Classroom Bulletin Board Ideas
Browse this creative collection of bulletin board ideas for teachers. Discover unique ideas that will make your classroom complete.
The 8 Steps to an Effective Lesson Plan: Step 3...
Direct Instruction is the meat and potatoes of a well-written lesson plan. Here, you'll find the definition of Direct Instruction and how you can write this section of a lesson plan effectively.
The Value of Self-Reflection - Any Time Of...
Why should teachers pause and engage themselves in self-reflection on the successes and shortcomings of the past? Simply because it improves their teaching and is a key part of a strong professional development strategy for growth.
Early Childhood Education
Definition of the education glossary term Early Childhood Education.
TLM - Teaching/Learning Materials
A glossary definition of the teaching term TLM (Teaching/Learning Materials).
24 Interview Questions You'll Need to Answer...
Before you show up for your job interview, use these common interview questions to prepare your answers and calm your nerves.
Lesson Plan Step #5 - Closure
Closure is the fifth step in writing an effective lesson plan for the elementary school classroom. Closure provides a conclusion and context for the learning achieved during the lesson.
Get Answers: What is the Common Core?
What is the common core? Discover answers to the most frequently asked questions about common core state standards in education.
6 Essential Ingredients to Delivering an...
What Does a Great Lesson Look Like? For elementary school educators.
10 Reading Strategies and Activities for...
Discover 10 effective reading strategies and activities for your elementary school classroom. Ideas include how to boost reading motivation, using analytic phonics, 5 fun ideas for reluctant readers, book activities for grades 3-5 and much more.
A Language Arts Lesson Plan for Grades 4-6:...
WHAT ARE IDIOMS? Grades 4-6 Language Arts Lesson Plan
A New Years Resolution Lesson Plan That Teaches...
It's fun to use the beginning of January as an opportunity to write New Years resolutions with your students.
Thanksgiving Vocabulary Word List
Use this Thanksgiving Vocabulary word list for a variety of classroom uses, including word walls, word searches, lesson plans, puzzles, Hangman and Bingo games, crafts, worksheets, story starters, poetry word banks, and so much more!
10 Common Mistakes New Teachers Often Make
Are you committing a teacher faux pas? Review these must-not-do rules and make sure you're not going astray.
5 Classroom Rules That Are Comprehensive,...
Are you having trouble thinking of a comprehensive set of behavior rules for your elementary school classroom? Here's a set of sample classroom rules.
Here's How to Write A Reading Lesson Plan
Use this printable,blank reading lesson plan template for all of your elementary education language arts lessons and activities.
A Teacher's Guide to Handling Difficult Students
Dealing with difficult students can be quite a challenge for teachers. Here you will learn five tips on how to combat this disruptive behavior.
5 Popular Behavior Management Strategies
5 Behavior management resources to help you establish and maintain effective classroom discipline.
Rubric Template
Here you find sample rubric templates, and specific examples of qualifiers. Plus: verbs and verb phrases to help you write your description of the performance characteristics.
Journal Writing in the Elementary Classroom
Journal Writing is a fun and effective way to teach your students good writing habits. Journal Writing is also fairly easy to implement in you elementary classroom.
Hanukkah Lesson Plans
Ideas for Hanukkah lesson plans for your elementary school classroom.
Rubric
What is a rubric? A definition for teachers interested in assessing student performance with a rubric.
Maintain a Quiet Classroom Without Having to...
Do you want to teach in a quiet classroom? Use these student discipline strategies to get a quiet classroom without losing your voice or repeating yourself all day long.
Try These 9 Free and Effective Classroom Rewards
Don't spend your hard-earned money buying little material rewards for your students. See how you can spend nothing and get a whole lot of great behavior in return!
Reading Strategies for Elementary Students
Discover how to incorporate reading strategies for elementary students into your routine to increase your student's reading success.
7 ways to Teach Social Skills to Elementary...
7 activities to help you teach elementary students social skills, such as managing conflict, problem-solving, communicating, listening, expressing feelings and teamwork.
8 Reasons Why People Don't Understand the...
While teaching is a rich and rewarding profession, there are some unique challenges involved that non-educators could never comprehend. Here, a real classroom teacher confesses some of the aspects of the job that make her wonder if summer vacations are really worth it after all.
How to Set Up Your Classroom for the First Day...
Step-by-step instructions for how best to set up your elementary school classroom for the first day of school.
6 Suggestions for Arranging the Desks in Your...
An examination of the various ways that teachers can arrange students desks in the classroom.
Teaching Reading Comprehension
Teaching Reading Comprehension with Mosaic of Thought and Reader's Workshop
What Is Instructional Scaffolding?
A definition of the education glossary term Scaffolding.
Map Skills Thematic Unit Plan for First Grade
Here you will find a map skills thematic unit for first grade students. Discover activities such as: salt maps, body maps, cardinal direction activities and where I fit in the world.
The Pros and Cons of Paying Teachers on Merit
The issue of Merit Pay for teachers is one of the most controversial issues in the field of education. Elementary Educators have a lot to get off their chests when it comes to this issue. Here are the main pros and cons so that you can educate yourself and join the discussion, too.
How To Be A Happy And Successful Substitute...
How to have a pleasant, productive day as a substitute teacher and be asked to return.
Simple Tricks to Write Efffective Lesson Plans
Are you looking for resources that will help you write effective lesson plans? Here you will find 8 articles that will help you do just that.
Here's What to Expect of Your Students
A simple guide of student expectations for new teachers. Learn tips and suggestions to help beginning teachers make realistic and achievable goals for their students.
10 Learning Strategies to Use in Your Classroom
Use these top 10 learning strategies in your elementary classroom to engage, motivate, and enhance student learning.
Strategies for Teaching Writing
Strategies for Teaching Writing in the Elementary School classroom. Teaching Writing is one of the most important parts of the Elementary curriculum.
5 Steps to Building a Student Portfolio
Here you will learn five steps to building a student portfolio for academic assessment. Learn how to design and implement a portfolio program with your students.
Extrinsic Motivation
A definition of the teaching term Extrinsic Motivation.
Homogeneous Groups
A definition of the education glossary term Homogeneous Groups.
Stay Up-to-Date with Technology Trends
What's new in education for K-5? Learn technology trends for 2014.
How to Deal With a Problem Principal
If you sense growing tension with a problem administrator, you must be proactive. Here's how to do it...
Kindergarten Sight Word List
A list of kindergarten sight words. Also known as Dolch word lists and high frequency words.
What Role Should Prizes and Punishments Play in...
Should you offer your students extrinsic rewards in the classroom? Every teacher needs to consider this issue when setting up her behavior management program.
Take Two Minutes to Become an Expert in...
Discover cooperative learning tips, techniques and much more. Learn how it works and group management tips and commonly used strategies.
Here's What Successful Teachers Do in their...
Learn the top things successful teachers do in their classroom to make them effective teachers that students will remember for the rest of their lives.
Essential Questions to Ask Students
Simple questions teachers should ask students to get them to think deeper and talk more often.
5 Successful Review Activities That Work
Learn five review activities that will turn your students gripes into grins. Ideas include: graffiti wall, sink or swim, 3-2-1 review, and much more.
Journal Prompts for Young Creative Writers
Creative writing journal prompts offer focus and structure to your Journal Writing Program. These Journal Prompts are perfect for your elementary school students to use during writing time.
Student Teacher Observation Checklist
Student teaching sample questions and statements for areas of observation by the cooperating teacher, college supervisor, and self-evaluation.
6 Steps to Creating Behavior Contracts for...
Challenging students require customized behavior contracts to help them comply with your classroom discipline plan. Here's how to create behavior contracts for challenging students.
Simple Tricks to Perfecting Your Teaching...
Creating a teacher portfolio is essential to help you land your first teaching job or advance in your career. Learn the in's and out's of perfecting your educational portfolio.
How to Set Up Classroom Learning Centers
Gain knowledge on the basics of a classroom learning center. Discover what a learning center is, and how to set up and present them to your students.
Teachable Moment
What is a teachable moment in the classroom? Here is the definition of a teachable moment in education.
Use This Sample Behavior Contract as a Guide
Use this sample behavior contract to work on improving student discipline for your most challenging students. The sample behavior contract can be modified for use in your classroom.
Cooperative Learning
Definition of the education glossary term Cooperative Learning. Cooperative Learning is a method of active learning for your students.
Don't Miss These Fun Christmas Crafts
Deck the halls with a few fun and easy Christmas crafts your students will love. Ideas include: tree glyph, quick and easy snowflake, reindeer puppets and much more.
"The Essential 55" in your Elementary Classroom
A discussion of how to use Ron Clark's book The Essential 55 in the elementary classroom. The Essential 55 describes the top 55 rules for being a student in Ron Clark's classroom.
Bloom's Taxonomy: The Incredible Teaching Tool
Use Bloom's Taxonomy To Move Your Students Through The Learning Process.
Behavior Management Tips
Discover a collection of behavior management tips and ideas that will help motivate good behavior from your elementary school students. Learn ideas such as; pick a stick, morning message, traffic control and much more.
How to Increase Student Participation in Your...
Discover several ways to encourage student participation in your classroom. Learn strategies and activities to help motivate and increase interaction among students.
Implement Your Tutoring Business Plan
Once you've planned to start a tutoring business, it's then time to implement a tutoring business plan and start meeting with clients.
The Do's and Don'ts of Grading Elementary...
Learn how to grade elementary students in this in-depth guide for elementary teachers. Discover the do's and don'ts, grading scales, using rubrics and much more.
Smart Way to Develop Reading Fluency and...
Promote and develop reading fluency and comprehension with the repeated reading strategy. Learn the purpose, procedure and variations of the strategy.
Top 50 Report Card Comments
Here you will find 50 report card comments to help you speed up the grading process.
Teach Cooperative Learning Strategies
Here you will find information on Cooperative learning for the elementary school classroom. Discover tips, techniques and activities for the classroom.
Effective Cooperative Learning Strategies
Here you will find cooperative learning strategies to help improve your students' skills. Learn what students should do when working in groups, specific roles that will help groups work better, and how to monitor groups.
Learning the Basics of a Student Teacher Resume
Learn the basics on how to develop a student teacher resume. Discover a breakdown of the basic essentials to put into your resume.
Intrinsic Motivation
A definition of the teaching term Intrinsic Motivation.
Top 10 Children's Books for Father's Day
Here we provide a list of the best books about fathers in children's literature. Discover wonderful children's picture books that focus on the Dad. Use these books to celebrate Father's Day or just to show how dads can be a positive role model.
Top Core Teaching Strategies for Your Classroom
Discover the essential core teaching strategies that new and experienced teachers have been using.
Create Rubrics for Student Assessment - Step by...
Step-by-step instructions to help you create a rubric for assessing your students' work.
Top 10 components of a Language Arts Lesson Plan
Looking for a language arts lesson plan template? Learn the top 10 essential components of a reading lesson plan.
Nutrition Education: Get the Lowdown on Healthy...
A Healthy versus unhealthy food lesson plan for grades K-3. Students will be able to compare healthy foods vs unhealthy foods.
Two Truths and a Lie Ice Breaker Activity
Play the Ice Breaker game called Two Truths and a Lie on the first day of school to thaw the Back to School jitters.
Assessment Apps for Teachers
Discover the top 5 assessment apps that will make assessing students' work easier than ever before.
Teach Students the Proper Way to Express Their...
5 activities to help you teach children how to express their feelings.
13 Ways to Remember Your Students' Names
Learn how to remember and learn students' names quickly with these tips and tricks from seasoned educators.
Sample Biography Poem
Biography Poems are a fun and novel way for your students to tell their life stories. Have them illustrate their poems, too, and you'll have an easy bulletin board for Back to School Night.
Turn-A-Card Behavior Management Plan
Learn about a popular behavior management strategy elementary teachers use in their classrooms to promote positive classroom behavior.
Lesson Plan Step #7 - Required Materials and...
Required Materials is the seventh step of writing an effective lesson plan for the elementary school classroom. Make sure you have the required materials for your lesson plan before you get started.
How to Design a Pen Pal Program for Your...
A pen pals program is one of the most fun ways to give your kids a real-life lesson in Social Studies, Language Arts, Geography, and more.
Mini-Lesson Plans
Are you looking for a mini lesson plan template for your elementary writer's workshop? Here you will find a printable template and quick guide to mini lessons.
5 Minute Teacher Time Savers
Do you have five minutes to spare? Discover 5 minute activities that can be done in between lessons, before lunch or anytime you have an extra moment to spare.
The Scientific Method Worksheet
Using this Scientific Method worksheet, students learn how to address a problem methodically. The Scientific Method worksheet is easy and effective for almost any science lesson plan.
Teach Your Students How to Listen Effectively
5 activities to help you teach students listening skills.
Oral Presentations: A New Twist on Sharing
Oral Presentations: A New Twist on Sharing. Especially for elementary school teachers.
Here's How You Can Teach Students About Nutrition
This nutrition lesson and unit is designed to last a week. The unit will explore key concepts and activities on the food groups, food pyramid (food plate), creating balanced meals and much more.
Today's Assignment: To Create Classroom...
Learn which procedures and routines are the key to a well managed, organized classroom.
A Writing Lesson on How to Answer Questions in...
Students sometimes need instruction and practice in how best to answer questions in complete sentences. This set of questions give you an opportunity to train them.
NCLB - No Child Left Behind
Definition of the education glossary term No Child Left Behind.
7 Buzzwords You're Most Likely to Hear in...
7 common buzzwords that are used in education. Stay up-to-date with the latest educational jargon and their meanings in this quick guide for teachers.
Activating Prior Knowledge
Definition of Activate Prior Knowledge as a teaching strategy.
Ice Breakers for the First Day of Elementary...
Help your students break the ice and get to know each other with this quick and easy selection of First Day of School ice breakers for elementary school classrooms. Perfect for Back to School.
200 Ways to Comment on a Report Card
200 report card comments to help you give parents an accurate picture of each students' progress. Comments include: general, language arts, math, science, and social studies.
Reading Lesson Plan Step # 5 - Objectives and...
Stating your objectives and goals is the fifth step in writing an effective reading lesson plan. Objectives provide a sense of what you want your students to achieve during a lesson.
Class Meetings Help Foster Responsible, Ethical...
By holding regular class meetings, you can help maintain a safe and friendly environment for your elementary school students. Class meetings can also be called Community Circle and they really help with student discipline.
Manipulative
Definition of the Education glossary term Manipulative.
Classroom Door Decorations for Teachers
Find unique classroom door decoration ideas for all seasons. Find a great selection of ideas and learn how to customize your door for any occasion.
Christmas Around the World Comes Into Your...
Learn how to say Merry Christmas in 100+ languages from around the world, and how to share the international holiday spirit with your students.
How Teachers Should Report Suspected Abuse of...
Teachers are state-mandated reporters. Here's how to handle reporting suspected child abuse based on signs you observe in your students.
Rainbow Writing Lesson Plan
A fun and colorful kindergarten writing lesson plan called Rainbow Writing.
ESL - English as a Second Language
A definition of the education glossary term ESL - English as a Second Language.
6 Ways to Welcome Students Back to School
Finding the perfect way to welcome students can be quite a challenge. Learn how to help students settle in back to school with a few fun ideas and activities.
Emergency Lesson Plan Ideas
Learn how to create emergency lesson plans for elementary students. Here you will find tips, suggestions and ideas to help plan for those unplanned absences.
List of Classroom Jobs for the Elementary...
Use this list of classroom jobs to assign jobs to your students in the elementary school classroom, from pencil sharpener to bulletin board monitor.
5 Fun Ideas for Reluctant Readers
How do you appeal to a reluctant reader? Here are 5 fun ideas to help you encourage and motivate students to love reading.
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