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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!
Christmas and Wintertime Vocabulary Word List
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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.
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.
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 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.
5 Ways to Use Video Conferencing in the Classroom
Video conferencing in the elementary school classroom. Learn five ways to use this advanced technology in your classroom.
Here's How to Comment on a Social Studies...
A collection of report card comments for social studies. These helpful phrases will help speed up the report card grading process.
Thanksgiving Activities And Lesson Plans
It's important to be thankful all yearlong, but November is an irresistible time of the year for celebrating Thanksgiving with your students through crafts and turkey time lesson plans!
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.
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.
Here's How to Comment on a Science Report Card
A collection of report card comments for science. These helpful phrases will make grading report cards that much easier.
Ideas for Thanksgiving Math Word Problems
Use these ideas for Thanksgiving Math Word Problems to inspire your math worksheets in the month of November.
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 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.
4 Sample Teaching Philosophy Examples
Sample educational philosophy statements to help inspire and motivate you to write your own.
What Is an Educational Philosophy and Why Does...
A definition of the education term Educational Philosophy.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
Here's How to Comment on a Math Report Card
A collection of report card comments for math. These helpful phrases will make grading report cards that much easier.
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.
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.
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.
Student Teacher Observation Checklist
Student teaching sample questions and statements for areas of observation by the cooperating teacher, college supervisor, and self-evaluation.
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.
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 Write on a Report Card
Language arts report card comments. Here are a variety of language arts report card comments to help you convey the perfect phrase.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
17 Scaffolding Techniques to Use When...
Techniques for scaffolding instruction to support student learning in the classroom.
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.
Heterogeneous Groups
A definition of the education glossary term Heterogeneous Groups.
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.
Thanksgiving Journal Writing Topics and Prompts
Use these Thanksgiving journal prompts as inspiration for your students' journal writing work in the month of November.
Christmas Journal Writing Prompts
Use these Christmas journal writing prompts to support your creative writing program in the month of December.
Early Childhood Education
Definition of the education glossary term Early Childhood Education.
Simple Poetry Lesson to Try for Thanksgiving
Need a quick Thanksgiving lesson plan? Combine poetry and character-building with this Thanksgiving Acrostic Poem 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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Surprising Facts for Elementary School Teachers
Detailed elementary school teacher career information, including: job description, work environment and duties, requirements and education, teacher salary and prospective career outlook.
TLM - Teaching/Learning Materials
A glossary definition of the teaching term TLM (Teaching/Learning Materials).
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.
Survival Guide for New Teachers
Discover everything a new teacher will need to have a successful school year. From setting up the classroom and easing first day jitters, to implementing learning strategies and designing an effective classroom management system.
Homogeneous Groups
A definition of the education glossary term Homogeneous Groups.
Common Questions for Teaching Interview...
Sample interview questions for classroom teachers. Be in the know and be prepared so you can make a great impression at your teaching interview.
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.
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.
10 Math Word Problems to Try This Christmas
Use these sample Christmas math word problems as templates for customizing your own festive math worksheets for your elementary students.
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.
Is a Paperless Classroom in Elementary School...
Is a paperless classroom in elementary school even possible? Learn how to have a paperless classroom with these tips and ideas.
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.
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!
5 Popular Behavior Management Strategies
5 Behavior management resources to help you establish and maintain effective classroom discipline.
Simple and Fun Christmas Activity
Need a quick Christmas poetry lesson plan? Combine poetry and character-building with this Christmas Acrostic Poem Lesson Plan.
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.
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.
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!
What is Your Teaching Style?
What is your teaching style? The most effective teachers learn how to find their teaching style so that they are better able to reach all learners.
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.
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.
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.
6 Suggestions for Arranging the Desks in Your...
An examination of the various ways that teachers can arrange students desks in the classroom.
Today's Assignment: To Create Classroom...
Learn which procedures and routines are the key to a well managed, organized classroom.
Parent-Teacher Communication
Parent-teacher communication is an essential part of teaching. Here are some helpful strategies and ideas for elementary school teachers.
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.
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.
Free Lesson Plans for Teachers!
Free Lesson Plans for Teachers! How to find them fast. For elementary school teachers.
Learn How to Create a Rubric
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.
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.
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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.
What is a rubric? A definition for teachers interested in assessing student performance with a rubric.
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.
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.
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.
Smart Copperative Learning Strategies and Roles
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.
Here's How to Differentiate Instruction in Your...
What does it mean to differentiate instruction, and how can you do in your classroom? Here you will find these answers, along with a few tips and key principles.
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.
Instructional Strategies for Grades 2-5
Instructional strategies for grades 2-5. Here you will learn about the collaborative reading strategy, as well as the making words strategy.
Building a Classroom Community
Learn how to build a classroom community that will help students feel connected to others as well as solve social issues peacefully.
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.
5 Vocabulary Lesson Ideas to Try Today
Looking for ideas on how to mix up your vocabulary lessons? Try these 5 fun and engaging vocabulary lesson ideas.
How to Make Learning Fun Again
Make learning fun! Browse these tips and you will discover 10 effective ways to make learning fun again!
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.
Bloom's Taxonomy: The Incredible Teaching Tool
Use Bloom's Taxonomy To Move Your Students Through The Learning Process.
How to Get Students Motivated to Read
Learn how to set a purpose for reading so your students will stay engaged and motivated throughout your lesson.
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.
A Language Arts Lesson Plan for Grades 4-6:...
WHAT ARE IDIOMS? Grades 4-6 Language Arts Lesson Plan
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 Be A Happy And Successful Substitute...
How to have a pleasant, productive day as a substitute teacher and be asked to return.
Smart Map Project Ideas for Kids
Second grade map project ideas to correlate with any elementary social studies map skills lesson plan.
Reading Strategies for Elementary Students
Discover how to incorporate reading strategies for elementary students into your routine to increase your student's reading success.
Don't Miss This Cooperative Learning Sample...
Looking for a cooperative learning lesson plan? Here is a cooperative learning sample lesson using the jigsaw learning method.
Teachable Moment
What is a teachable moment in the classroom? Here is the definition of a teachable moment in education.
Decorative Classroom Door Ideas for All Seasons
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.
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.
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.
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.
Comparative Words Lesson Plan
A creative writing lesson plan that helps students solidify their understanding of comparative words (-er, -est) and can easily be adapted to various age ranges.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Learn How to Manage Classroom Centers
Discover tips and suggestions on how to organize, store and manage classroom learning centers.
Investigating Healthy Snacks with Your Students
An elementary healthy snack lesson plan where students will investigate healthy snack options.
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.
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.
Create Rubrics for Student Assessment - Step by...
Step-by-step instructions to help you create a rubric for assessing your students' work.
7 Ways to Make the Most of Your Time in Class
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.
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.
Cooperative Learning
Definition of the education glossary term Cooperative Learning. Cooperative Learning is a method of active learning for your students.
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 Deal With a Problem Principal
If you sense growing tension with a problem administrator, you must be proactive. Here's how to do it...
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.
Christmas Tongue Twisters Lesson
Teach your students about alliteration and they'll have a blast creating their own Christmas Tongue Twisters.
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.
Here's How to Celebrate Christmas in the...
Here you will find a collection of fun Christmas activities and holiday ideas for elementary age children. Ideas include, dount snowmen, Santa's helpers and much more.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
40 Back from Christmas Break Writing Ideas
Give students the opportunity to share all about their winter break with these back from Christmas break writing prompts. Here you will find 40 post-Christmas writing prompts for elementary age students.
50 Smart Writing Ideas for Elementary Students
Looking for a few writing prompts to get your students creative juices flowing? Look no further, here are 50 quick writing ideas for elementary students.
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 Answer Popular Teaching Interview...
Maximize your confidence at your next teaching interview with these popular teaching interview questions and answers.
Here's What You Need to Know About Graphic...
Graphic organizers are an easy way to help process information. Learn what they are and how to use them.
Become an Expert in the Jigsaw Learning Technique
Here you will learn about the Jigsaw cooperative learning technique. Get an overview of the technique, learn about the benefits, how it works, as well as a few tips.
Getting Connected with a Pen Pal
Looking for your students to connect with their peers? Learn how pen pals can be an effective program in your classroom. Discover how to get connected and get started in this valuable teacher resource.
"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.
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.
Creative Writing
How to guide your K-6 students' creative writing from ho-hum to wow!
Here's How to Fill Your Classroom with...
Here you find a collection of thanksgiving activities to help you celebrate the holiday with your elementary students.
Turn-A-Card Behavior Management Plan
Learn about a popular behavior management strategy elementary teachers use in their classrooms to promote positive classroom behavior.
What is a Brain Break?
What is a brain break? Get your students back on track with a brain break activity. Learn a few classroom pick-me-ups, along with a few teacher tips and ideas.
What Is Instructional Scaffolding?
A definition of the education glossary term Scaffolding.
5 Ways to Increase Homework Completion
Strategies to increase homework completion in primary grade classrooms. Use these tips to increase homework completion in your classroom.

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