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Elementary Education: Most Popular Articles

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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.
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.
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.
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.
Here's What to Plan in September
Here you will find a list of September themes, holidays, and events with correlating activities for elementary students.
Here's How to Start a Blog in Your Elementary...
Using blogs to integrate technology in the elementary classroom. Learn the benefits, risks, and preparing them for success.
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.
Today's Assignment: To Create Classroom...
Learn which procedures and routines are the key to a well managed, organized classroom.
How to Have a Fun Classroom
Using humor in the classroom can help students retain information better. Here are a few tips and strategies to try today.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bulletin Board Ideas to Try Today
Browse this creative collection of bulletin board ideas for teachers. Discover unique ideas that will make your classroom complete.
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.
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.
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.
6 Essential Ingredients to Delivering an...
What Does a Great Lesson Look Like? For elementary school educators.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How to Ease the First Day Jitters
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.
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.
Today's Assignment: Create a Substitute Folder
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.
What Is an Educational Philosophy and Why Does...
A definition of the education term Educational Philosophy.
Simple Tricks to Win Back a Reluctant Reader
What makes a reluctant reader, and how can teachers encourage students to find a love for reading? Learn how to do this, as well as how to engage students in this in-depth article.
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 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.
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!
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
6 Suggestions for Arranging the Desks in Your...
An examination of the various ways that teachers can arrange students desks in the classroom.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Common Interview Questions in Education
Before you show up for your job interview, use these common interview questions to prepare your answers and calm your nerves.
10 Tips to Help You Set Up Your Classroom for...
Step-by-step instructions for how best to set up your elementary school classroom for the first day of school.
10 Back-to-School Icebreakers
Back to school time is an important time of the year. Students are filled with excitement and first day
Turn-A-Card Behavior Management Plan
Learn about a popular behavior management strategy elementary teachers use in their classrooms to promote positive classroom behavior.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
5 Teaching Strategies to Show Students You Care
5 ways to show elementary students that you care about them. Take these 5 teaching strategies and implement them into your teaching so that students will know how much you care.
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.
Classroom Jobs for Elementary School Students
Classroom jobs are an easy and fun way to teach kids about responsibility.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Early Childhood Education
Definition of the education glossary term Early Childhood Education.
5 Popular Behavior Management Strategies
5 Behavior management resources to help you establish and maintain effective classroom discipline.
Classroom Bingo Ice Breaker Activity
Use this fun, classroom bingo ice breaker activity with your elementary students during the first week back to school.
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
What is a rubric? A definition for teachers interested in assessing student performance with a rubric.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Make Learning Fun Again
Make learning fun! Browse these tips and you will discover 10 effective ways to make learning fun again!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
17 Scaffolding Techniques to Use When...
Techniques for scaffolding instruction to support student learning in the classroom.
Reading Strategies for Elementary Students
Discover how to incorporate reading strategies for elementary students into your routine to increase your student's reading success.
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.
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!
Scientific Method
The Scientific Method defined. Teach the Scientific Method in your elementary school classroom.
Bloom's Taxonomy: The Incredible Teaching Tool
Use Bloom's Taxonomy To Move Your Students Through The Learning Process.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How to Deal with Cleanliness in Your Classroom
Learn tips and tricks on how to deal with cleanliness in the classroom.
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.
How To Be A Happy And Successful Substitute...
How to have a pleasant, productive day as a substitute teacher and be asked to return.
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.
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.
Heterogeneous Groups
A definition of the education glossary term Heterogeneous Groups.
Simple Trick to Communicate with Parents
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.
Learning Centers
Definition of the Education glossary term Learning Centers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Smart Ways to Learn Students' Names Fast
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
How to Set Up an Environmentally Friendly,...
Elementary school classrooms can be major hogs of environmental resources, if teachers are not organized, motivated, and diligent. Here are the top tips for setting up a green classroom that minimizes the environmental impact of daily teaching realities.
Get Ready for the New School Year with These Tips
Advice for teachers on how to get ready for the new school year. You will find tips on classroom routines and procedures, how to start a classroom website, how to welcome your students with a letter, and much more.
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.
Start Planning for October
Here you will find a list of October themes, holidays, and events with correlating activities for elementary students.
Kindergarten Sight Word List
A list of kindergarten sight words. Also known as Dolch word lists and high frequency words.
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.
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.
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.
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.
8 Things Teachers Need to Survive in the...
Discover the top 8 things teachers need in order to survive in school. Get an in-depth view of what it is teachers need in order to run a successful classroom.
Teachable Moment
What is a teachable moment in the classroom? Here is the definition of a teachable moment in education.
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.
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.
TLM - Teaching/Learning Materials
A glossary definition of the teaching term TLM (Teaching/Learning Materials).
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...
10 Learning Strategies to Try Today
Use these top 10 learning strategies in your elementary classroom to engage, motivate, and enhance student learning.
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.
Do's and Don'ts for Successful Parent-Teacher...
Teacher Do's and Don'ts for Parent Teacher Conferences. How to make the most of our meeting with parents.
What is Student Teaching Really Like
What is student teaching? What is it like? How long does it last? Find out all of this and much more in this in-depth guide to becoming a student teacher.
Cooperative Learning
Definition of the education glossary term Cooperative Learning. Cooperative Learning is a method of active learning for your students.
Student Teacher Observation Checklist
Student teaching sample questions and statements for areas of observation by the cooperating teacher, college supervisor, and self-evaluation.
Journal Writing Checklist for Assessing Student...
A Journal Writing Checklist is a list of qualities that you hope to see in your students' creative writing. Use a Journal Writing Checklist to Assess Writing Progress.
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.
Rainbow Writing Lesson Plan
A fun and colorful kindergarten writing lesson plan called Rainbow Writing.
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.
8 Ways to Celebrate Student Birthdays
Looking for fun ways to celebrate student birthdays in school? Here you will find ideas to make each student feel special.
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.
Christmas and Wintertime Vocabulary Word List
christmas vocabulary word lists banks use games winter december lesson plans poetry games words
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.
5 Fun Field Trip Ideas
Here you will find 5 fun and exciting educational field trip ideas for your elementary school classroom.
Create Rubrics for Student Assessment - Step by...
Step-by-step instructions to help you create a rubric for assessing your students' work.
Teaching Jobs Within Your Reach
Use these tips and tools to find a teaching job as quickly as possible. Includes help with resumes, potential interview questions, and more!
Six Traits of Writing
Here you will learn how to develop your students writing skills by using the six traits of writing approach, as well as teaching activities for each component.
Reading Lesson Plan Step # 2 - Reading Strategies
Reading strategies is the second step in writing an effective reading lesson plan. This is where you decide which strategies the students will learn during the language arts lesson.
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.
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.
7 Ways to Make Students Happy
Here are 7 ways to create a happy classroom. From welcoming your students to school, to investing your time to get to know them better, these tips will make your students happy.

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