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How to Make a Great First Impression on...
Start the year off right with a student welcome letter. Learn tips, suggestions and a sample letter for students and parents.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What 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.
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.
What Is an Educational Philosophy and Why Does...
A definition of the education term Educational Philosophy.
Planning for Your First Day Back to School
Prepare for the new school year with a back to school checklist. Use this comprehensive list to help you organize and get ready for your elementary school class.
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.
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.
How to Start the School Year Off Right
Don't know what to do the first day of school? Learn tips and suggestions that will help you start the year off to a great start.
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.
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.
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.
Human Scavenger Hunt Ice Breaker Game for Back...
Use this Human Scavenger Hunt as a fun Ice Breaker activity for the first day of school.
Top 5 Ice Breakers for Back to School
Fun and easy ice breaker activities to ease the first week jitters. Ideas include, classroom bingo, picture pairs, summer souvenir, fits like a puzzle and applying for classroom jobs.
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.
Same and Different Ice Breaker Game for Back to...
Use this Same and Different game as a fun Ice Breaker activity for the first day of school.
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.
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.
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.
Sentence Circle Ice Breaker Game for Back to...
Use this Sentence Circle game as a fun Ice Breaker activity for the first day of school.
Today's Assignment: To Create Classroom...
Learn which procedures and routines are the key to a well managed, organized classroom.
6 Suggestions for Arranging the Desks in Your...
An examination of the various ways that teachers can arrange students desks in the classroom.
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!
Classroom Jobs for Elementary School Students
Classroom jobs are an easy and fun way to teach kids about responsibility.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Elementary Classroom Bulletin Board Ideas
Browse this creative collection of bulletin board ideas for teachers. Discover unique ideas that will make your classroom complete.
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.
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.
Tips for Teaching the Scientific Method
By performing science experiments and analyzing the resultant data, you are helping to build the next generation of creative thinkers.
How Teachers Can Ease Students' First Day Jitters
Tips for how teachers can help anxious young students deal with their first day of school jitters.
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.
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.
Elementary Teacher Qualifications
Discover what teacher qualifications are needed to become an elementary school teacher. This includes education, degree, licensing, certification and continuing education.
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.
Classroom Bingo Ice Breaker Activity
Use this fun, classroom bingo ice breaker activity with your elementary students during the first week back to school.
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.
6 Essential Ingredients to Delivering an...
What Does a Great Lesson Look Like? For elementary school educators.
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.
Ways for Learning Students' Names Quickly
Discover tips and tricks for learning students' names quickly and remembering them. These ideas will help you create a rapport with your students and establish a sense of community in the classroom.
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.
Trivia Card Shuffle Ice Breaker Game for Back...
Use this Trivia Card Shuffle game as a fun Ice Breaker activity for the first day of school.
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.
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.
September Themes, Holiday Activities, and...
Here you will find a list of September themes, holidays, and events with correlating activities for elementary students.
How to Introduce Your Class Rules
Learn specific ways on how to introduce class rules to your elementary students. Ideas include, plan what you want to accomplish, create only 3-5 rules and teach rules like you would a math lesson.
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.
Substitute Folders
A substitute folder is an essential resource for all elementary teachers to have in their classroom. Learn the types of materials to add to your folder to ensure your classroom will run smoothly while you are absent.
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.
17 Scaffolding Techniques to Use When...
Techniques for scaffolding instruction to support student learning in the classroom.
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.
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.
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.
Tips on 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.
"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.
Summer Souvenir Ice Breaker Activity for Back...
Break the ice on the first day of school with this fun getting to know you activity called summer souvenir. Give your students a chance to share special facts about themselves and learn about their teacher too.
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.
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.
Fits Like a Puzzle Ice Breaker Activity for...
Use this ice breaker activity as fun way for your students to get to know their classmates during the first week of school.
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.
Turn-A-Card Behavior Management Plan
Learn about a popular behavior management strategy elementary teachers use in their classrooms to promote positive classroom behavior.
Back to School Night Activities
Looking for Back to School Night Ideas? Here is a sample agenda for Back to School Night that will help you design your activities for the evening.
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.
Behavior Management and School Discipline
Every teacher must enter the classroom armed with comprehensive and well-though-out rules in order to have an orderly and effective school year. Here's everything you need to know to strategically design and enforce the classroom rules that will work for you all year long.
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.
Rubric
What is a rubric? A definition for teachers interested in assessing student performance with a rubric.
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.
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.
Teacher Appreciation Week Ideas
Teacher Appreciation Week is a time to celebrate and give thanks to our teachers. In honor of these wonderful educators, learn about a few fun activities that you can do with your elementary school class.
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.
Map Skills Lesson Plan
Teach your students Map Skills with this Geography Lesson Plan. Map Skills are an important skill for your students to learn.
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.
Bloom's Taxonomy: The Incredible Teaching Tool
Use Bloom's Taxonomy To Move Your Students Through The Learning Process.
Picture Pairs Ice Breaker Activity for Back to...
Use this ice breaker game as a fun way for your students to get to know each other by learning important facts and drawing on experience.
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.
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.
5 Popular Behavior Management Strategies
5 Behavior management resources to help you establish and maintain effective classroom discipline.
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.
Classroom Job Application - How to Assign...
Classroom jobs are an easy and fun way to teach kids about responsibility.
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.
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.
What Is Instructional Scaffolding?
A definition of the education glossary term Scaffolding.
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.
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.
Scientific Method
The Scientific Method defined. Teach the Scientific Method in your elementary school classroom.
Early Childhood Education
Definition of the education glossary term Early Childhood Education.
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...
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.
Christmas and Wintertime Vocabulary Word List
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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.
Reading Strategies for Elementary Students
Discover how to incorporate reading strategies for elementary students into your routine to increase your student's reading success.
Behavor Managment Clip Charts
Learn how to monitor students' behavior with a classroom clip chart. Here you will discover a variety of behavior management ideas for your elementary classroom.
Classroom Job Ice Breaker Activity for Back to...
Use this ice breaker activity to get to know your students while keeping your classroom running smoothly.
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.
TLM - Teaching/Learning Materials
A glossary definition of the teaching term TLM (Teaching/Learning Materials).
How To Be A Happy And Successful Substitute...
How to have a pleasant, productive day as a substitute teacher and be asked to return.
10 Back-to-School Activities for Kids
Back to school time is an important time of the year. Students are filled with excitement and first day
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 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.
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.
Assessment Apps for Teachers
Discover the top 5 assessment apps that will make assessing students' work easier than ever before.
How to Land Your Very First Teaching Job
Looking to land your first teaching job? Although the job market is tough, there are jobs out there. Discover how you can stand out above the rest and get your dream job.
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.
Kindergarten Sight Word List
A list of kindergarten sight words. Also known as Dolch word lists and high frequency words.
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.
A Language Arts Lesson Plan for Grades 4-6:...
WHAT ARE IDIOMS? Grades 4-6 Language Arts Lesson Plan
Teachable Moment
What is a teachable moment in the classroom? Here is the definition of a teachable moment in education.
How to Start an After School Club
Tips for starting an after school club for elementary school children. How to enhance the school experience for your students.
Heterogeneous Groups
A definition of the education glossary term Heterogeneous Groups.
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.
5 Successful Review Activities for Elementary...
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.
Blank Reading Lesson Plan Template
Use this printable,blank reading lesson plan template for all of your elementary education language arts lessons and activities.
Fun Ways to Celebrate Student Birthdays in School
Looking for fun ways to celebrate student birthdays in school? Here you will find ideas to make each student feel special.
Create Rubrics for Student Assessment - Step by...
Step-by-step instructions to help you create a rubric for assessing your students' work.
Motivating Students with No-Cost Rewards
Motivating students can be a challenge. But it doesn't have to cost any money. Use these free rewards for motivating students without spending a cent.
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.
Stay Up-to-Date with Technology Trends
What's new in education for K-5? Learn technology trends for 2014.
Nutrition Lesson and Unit Activities
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.
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.
Weekly Newsletter for Parent Communication
By writing a weekly newsletter with your students, you offer a high quality Guided Writing lesson while saving yourself the time and hassle of putting together a newsletter each week.
Impromptu Speech Topic Activities
Here you will find a variety of impromptu speech topic activities for your elementary students. Use these activities to practice impromptu speaking.
Parent-Teacher Communication
Parent-teacher communication is an essential part of teaching. Here are some helpful strategies and ideas for elementary school teachers.
Student Teacher Observation Checklist
Student teaching sample questions and statements for areas of observation by the cooperating teacher, college supervisor, and self-evaluation.
Bloom's Taxonomy
Bloom's Taxonomy refers to a hierarchy of question stems that teachers use to guide their students through the learning process.
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.
Cooperative Learning
Definition of the education glossary term Cooperative Learning. Cooperative Learning is a method of active learning for your students.
Healthy Foods Versus Unhealthy Foods Lesson Plan
A Healthy versus unhealthy food lesson plan for grades K-3. Students will be able to compare healthy foods vs unhealthy foods.
Creative Writing
How to guide your K-6 students' creative writing from ho-hum to wow!
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.
Second Grade Goals for Students After the New...
Looking for ways to make sure your students hit those benchmarks? Here is a list of second grade goals for after the New Year to share with parents. You will find goals for math, reading, writing and home.
Space Activities
Launch students into outer space with over 50 space activities and resources that are out of this world.
How to Organize Your Classroom Files
Tips to help you organize your classroom files into proper categories, specifically Elementary School teachers.
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.
Top 5 Free iPad Apps Worth Checking Out
Discover 5 of the best free iPad apps for teachers. Learn how to incorporate these must have apps into classroom lessons and activities.
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.
How to Make Learning Fun Again
Make learning fun! Browse these tips and you will discover 10 effective ways to make learning fun again!
Rainbow Writing Lesson Plan
A fun and colorful kindergarten writing lesson plan called Rainbow Writing.
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.
Classroom Activities: Teacher-Tested Time Fillers
These teacher-tested time fillers are great classroom activities to have in your back pocket when you have a few minutes to spare. Here you will learn 7 time savers to help during those transition periods.
Avoiding Teacher Burnout
Teacher Burnout is a major problem in the field of education, often resulting in a high turnover rate for new teachers. Address teacher burnout issue with these stress management tips.
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