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Elementary Education: Most Popular Articles

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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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
What Is an Educational Philosophy and Why Does...
A definition of the education term Educational Philosophy.
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 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.
Be in the Know: Elementary Teacher Qualifications
Discover what teacher qualifications are needed to become an elementary school teacher. This includes education, degree, licensing, certification and continuing education.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
8 Fun Field Day Activities for Elementary...
Celebrate the end of the year with the top 10 field day activities for elementary students. Ideas include: relay, hula hoop, egg toss, and much more.
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!
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.
May Themes, Holiday Activities, and Events for...
Here you will find a list of May themes, holidays, and events with correlating activities for elementary students.
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.
Here's a Fun Way to Teach Time
Looking for a easy math lesson for your primary students? Learn how to teach telling time with the Grouchy Ladybug book.
17 Scaffolding Techniques to Use When...
Techniques for scaffolding instruction to support student learning in the classroom.
10 Learning Strategies to Try Today
Use these top 10 learning strategies in your elementary classroom to engage, motivate, and enhance student learning.
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.
How to Use a 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.
A Comprehensive List of Spring Words
A comprehensive spring word bank, with activity tips on how to use the list.
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.
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.
TLM - Teaching/Learning Materials
A glossary definition of the teaching term TLM (Teaching/Learning Materials).
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.
Early Childhood Education
Definition of the education glossary term Early Childhood Education.
Heterogeneous Groups
A definition of the education glossary term Heterogeneous Groups.
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.
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.
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.
Popular Behavior Management Strategies
5 Behavior management resources to help you establish and maintain effective classroom discipline.
6 Essential Ingredients to Delivering an...
What Does a Great Lesson Look Like? For elementary school educators.
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.
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.
Elementary Classroom Bulletin Board Ideas
Browse this creative collection of bulletin board ideas for teachers. Discover unique ideas that will make your classroom complete.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rubric
What is a rubric? A definition for teachers interested in assessing student performance with a rubric.
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.
Reading Strategies for Elementary Students
Discover how to incorporate reading strategies for elementary students into your routine to increase your student's reading success.
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.
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.
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.
Fun and Simple Mother's Day Activities
Discover a collection of Mother's Day activities to help you celebrate with your students. Learn fun facts, songs, crafts, games, cards and 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.
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.
Avoid a Substitute Disaster by Planning Ahead
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.
Homogeneous Groups
A definition of the education glossary term Homogeneous Groups.
Elementary Summer School Activities
Discover a collection of creative, summer school activities and ideas for your elementary school classroom. Ideas include activities by subject, books, crafts, lessons and more.
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 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.
From April to Treats: A List of Easter-Related...
This comprehensive Easter word list can used to create a variety of activities and lessons.Use these words design worksheets, activities and much more.
A Language Arts Lesson Plan for Grades 4-6:...
WHAT ARE IDIOMS? Grades 4-6 Language Arts Lesson Plan
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!
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.
What Is Instructional Scaffolding?
A definition of the education glossary term Scaffolding.
Cooperative Learning
Definition of the education glossary term Cooperative Learning. Cooperative Learning is a method of active learning for your students.
ABC Countdown To Summer
ABC Countdown to Summer - Activities to have fun celebrating the end of the school year with your students! Page 2.
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.
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.
How to Have a Safe, Fun, and Successful Field...
If there's a field trip in your future, use these tips to maximize fun, learning, safety, and overall success with your students.
6 Suggestions for Arranging the Desks in Your...
An examination of the various ways that teachers can arrange students desks in the classroom.
Teachable Moment
What is a teachable moment in the classroom? Here is the definition of a teachable moment in education.
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.
Create Rubrics for Student Assessment - Step by...
Step-by-step instructions to help you create a rubric for assessing your students' work.
"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.
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.
6 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day with Your Students
Celebrate earth day with a few fun activities for your elementary school classroom. Ideas include: interactive bulletin board, earth day song, turn your trash into treasure and much more.
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.
Student Teacher Observation Checklist
Student teaching sample questions and statements for areas of observation by the cooperating teacher, college supervisor, and self-evaluation.
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.
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.
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.
ABC Countdown to Summer
ABC Countdown to Summer - A sequence of activities to have fun celebrating the end of the school year with your students!
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.
Bloom's Taxonomy: The Incredible Teaching Tool
Use Bloom's Taxonomy To Move Your Students Through The Learning Process.
Top 5 Assessment Apps
Discover the top 5 assessment apps that will make assessing students' work easier than ever before.
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 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.
Kindergarten Sight Word List
A list of kindergarten sight words. Also known as Dolch word lists and high frequency words.
Extrinsic Motivation
A definition of the teaching term Extrinsic Motivation.
Today's Assignment: To Create Classroom...
Learn which procedures and routines are the key to a well managed, organized classroom.
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.
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.
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.
April Themes, Holiday Activities, and Events...
Here you will find a list of April themes, holidays, and events with correlating activities for elementary students.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
Smart Ways to Celebrate Poetry Month in Your...
Everything you need to celebrate National Poetry Month with your students. Here you will find a variety of poems and activities for the month of April.
Parent-Teacher Communication
Parent-teacher communication is an essential part of teaching. Here are some helpful strategies and ideas for elementary school teachers.
5 Steps to Becoming a Highly Qualified...
Become a highly qualified elementary teacher by following these few important steps.
Learning Centers
Definition of the Education glossary term Learning Centers.
Manipulative
Definition of the Education glossary term Manipulative.
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.
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.
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.
Popular K-3 Lesson Plans
Browse our most popular k-3 lesson plans. Here you'll find lessons on map skills, nutrition, science, and much more.
Space Activities
Launch students into outer space with over 50 space activities and resources that are out of this world.
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.
NCLB - No Child Left Behind
Definition of the education glossary term No Child Left Behind.
How to Make Learning Fun Again
Make learning fun! Browse these tips and you will discover 10 effective ways to make learning fun again!
Top Ways to Keep a Healthy Classroom
Learn how to keep healthy in the classroom with these tips and activities for elementary students.
What Teaching Goals Should You Make This School...
Are you a teacher that is looking to make changes this new school year? Here are 10 goals that you should shoot for this year.
Simple Ways to Promote Student Growth
Discover ways a professional educator can promote student growth in the elementary education classroom. Learn tips, techniques and suggestions that will help your students succeed in school.
Bloom's Taxonomy
Bloom's Taxonomy refers to a hierarchy of question stems that teachers use to guide their students through the learning process.
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.
Try This Quick and Easy Easter Activity
Need a quick Easter lesson plan? Practice poetry-writing with an Easter acrostic poem.
Quick Guide to Mini Lessons
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.
The Analytic Method of Teaching Phonics
Learn how to teach phonics using one of the most widely used programs in the United States. Discover the benefits and steps for using the analytic phonics method in your elementary classroom.
Tax Deduction Tips for Teachers Who Pay for...
While the rest of the country agonizes about taxes each Spring, teachers can't afford the luxury of forgetting about taxes even for one day! Here's how to save your receipts and make the most of the deductions that are allowed to classroom teachers.
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.
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.
Math Activites to Celebrate Math Education Month
Everything you need to celebrate Math Education Month in your elementary classroom. Math lessons and activities to practice and reinforce important math concepts in the classroom.
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.
How To Be A Happy And Successful Substitute...
How to have a pleasant, productive day as a substitute teacher and be asked to return.
Technology Teachers Can't Live Without
Do you love learning about and using the newest technology in your classroom? Here you will learn what the best tech tools are for your classroom and how you can implement them into your classroom.
Easter Journal Writing Prompts and Topics
Looking for inspiration for journal writing? Discover Easter journal writing prompts and topics for your elementary school students.
How to Get Students to Differentiate Vowels
Here you will find a short and long vowel lesson plan to help elementary students learn to differentiate between the two, as well as be able to recognize, remember, and produce the sounds of each.
5 Fun Field Trip Ideas
Here you will find 5 fun and exciting educational field trip ideas for your elementary school classroom.
Oral Presentations: A New Twist on Sharing
Oral Presentations: A New Twist on Sharing. Especially for elementary school teachers.
Stay Up-to-Date with Technology Trends
What's new in education for K-5? Learn technology trends for 2014.
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.
Dolch Sight Words
Definition of the education glossary term Dolch Sight Words.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Smart Map Project Ideas for Kids
Second grade map project ideas to correlate with any elementary social studies map skills lesson plan.

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