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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.
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.
Speech Topics to Meet Oral Communication...
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.
Lesson Plan Step #2 - Anticipatory Sets
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.
Super Quick Easter Activities and Ideas
Short on time but you still want to get in the holiday spirit? Discover a collection of quick Easter activities, games and ideas to help you celebrate.
Lesson Plan Step #1 - Objectives and Goals
Setting lesson plan objectives is the first step in writing lesson plans. Learn how to write clearly-defined objectives and goals.
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.
Blank 8-Step Lesson Plan Template
Use this blank 8-part lesson plan template every time that you need to write a lesson plan for elementary school teaching.
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.
Easter Journal Writing Prompts and Topics
Looking for inspiration for journal writing? Discover Easter journal writing prompts and topics for your elementary school students.
Top Seven Reasons To Become A Teacher
Are you thinking about becoming a teacher? Here are the top seven reasons to become a teacher.
The Right Threads = The Right Classroom...
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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.
Easter Acrostic Poem Lesson Plan
Need a quick Easter lesson plan? Practice poetry-writing with an Easter acrostic poem.
Acing a Teacher 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.
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.
Start Tutoring From Home
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.
Writing Rubric
Here you will find a basic writing rubric for elementary grade students, along with samples of and expository and narrative rubric. Plus: Learn how to use a writing rubric.
8 Signs You Should Become a Teacher
Are you thinking about becoming a teacher? If you possess these qualities, you would probably make a great teacher!
Educational Philosophy
A definition of the education term Educational Philosophy.
Lesson Plan Step #4 - Guided Practice
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.
What Does a Great Lesson Look Like on the...
What Does a Great Lesson Look Like? For elementary school educators.
5 Ways to Battle Bullying in School
Fight the bully battle by learning 5 ways to battle bullying in school.
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 #6 - Independent Practice
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.
Lesson Plan Step #8 - Assessment and Follow-Up
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.
Elementary Teacher Qualifications
Discover what teacher qualifications are needed to become an elementary school teacher. This includes education, degree, licensing, certification and continuing education.
Educational Philosophy Sample Statement
Here you will find an educational philosophy sample statement. Use this example as inspiration to help you create your own statement.
Top 8 Reasons Why Non-Teachers Can Never Really...
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.
Lesson Plan Step #3 - Direct Instruction
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.
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.
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.
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.
Should You Offer Extrinsic Classroom Rewards...
Should you offer your students extrinsic rewards in the classroom? Every teacher needs to consider this issue when setting up her behavior management program.
What is a Lesson Plan?
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.
Scaffolding
A definition of the education glossary term Scaffolding.
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.
Design Your Educational Philosophy
Design an educational philosophy to guide your decision-making and to help remind you why you entered teaching in the first place.
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.
Scaffolding Instruction Strategies
Techniques for scaffolding instruction to support student learning in the classroom.
Simple Ways to Celebrate Teacher Appreciation...
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.
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.
How To Write A Lesson Plan
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.
Top 10 Common Teaching Mistakes For Teachers To...
Are you committing a teacher faux pas? Review these must-not-do rules and make sure you're not going astray.
Perfecting Your Professional Portfolio
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.
Lesson Plan Headquarters
WHAT ARE IDIOMS? Grades 4-6 Language Arts Lesson Plan
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.
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.
Pros and Cons of Merit Pay For Teachers
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.
Classroom Desk Arrangement Ideas
An examination of the various ways that teachers can arrange students desks in the classroom.
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.
Sample 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.
Collection of 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.
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.
ABC Countdown To Summer
ABC Countdown to Summer - Activities to have fun celebrating the end of the school year with your students! Page 2.
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!
TLM - Teaching/Learning Materials
A glossary definition of the teaching term TLM (Teaching/Learning Materials).
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.
Student Welcome Letter
Start the year off right with a student welcome letter. Learn tips, suggestions and a sample letter for students and parents.
Journal Prompts for Young Creative Writers
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.
Implement Your Tutoring Business Plan
Once you've planned to start a tutoring business, it's then time to implement a tutoring business plan and start meeting with clients.
"The 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.
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.
Bloom's Taxonomy - The Incredible Teaching Tool
Use Bloom's Taxonomy To Move Your Students Through The Learning Process.
How to Create Behavior Contracts
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.
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!
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.
Landing Your 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.
How To Make a Professional Portfolio
a simple how to on making a professional portfolio. just for elementary school teachers.
Teachable Moment
What is a teachable moment in the classroom? Here is the definition of a teachable moment in education.
Classroom Procedures and Routines
Learn which procedures and routines are the key to a well managed, organized classroom.
How to Have a Safe, Fun, and Successful Field...
If there's a field trip in your future, use these tips for maximize fun, learning, safety, and overall success.
Heterogeneous Groups
A definition of the education glossary term Heterogeneous Groups.
Sample Behavior Contract for Improving a...
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.
The Cons of Merit Pay for Teachers
Merit Pay for Teachers is a hot and controversial topic in the United States today. These are some of the reasons why the idea of Merit Pay is not as simple and benevolent as it might look at first glance. Page 2.
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.
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.
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...
Rubric
What is a rubric? A definition for teachers interested in assessing student performance with a rubric.
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.
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.
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.
Homogeneous Groups
A definition of the education glossary term Homogeneous Groups.
Early Childhood Education
Definition of the education glossary term Early Childhood Education.
A Comprehensive List of Spring Words
A comprehensive spring word bank, with activity tips on how to use the list.
Classroom Jobs for Elementary School Students
Classroom jobs are an easy and fun way to teach kids about responsibility.
Create Rubrics for Student Assessment - Step by...
Step-by-step instructions to help you create a rubric for assessing your students' work.
Manipulative
Definition of the Education glossary term Manipulative.
NCLB - No Child Left Behind
Definition of the education glossary term No Child Left Behind.
Creative Writing
How to guide your K-6 students' creative writing from ho-hum to wow!
Develop Reading Fluency and Comprehension with...
Promote and develop reading fluency and comprehension with the repeated reading strategy. Learn the purpose, procedure and variations of the strategy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Reading Strategies for Elementary Students
Discover how to incorporate reading strategies for elementary students into your routine to increase your student's reading success.
Bio Poems
A definition of the teaching term Bio Poems, from your About.com Guide to Elementary Education.
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 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.
Tips and Tricks to Getting Students' Attention
Discover 20 attention signals to get (and keep) your students attention. Plus, tips to help you keep your students' attention.
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.
Student Expectations for Beginning Teachers
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 Teachers Should Report Suspected Abuse of...
Teachers are state-mandated reporters. Here's how to handle reporting suspected child abuse based on signs you observe in your students.
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.
Earth Day Activities and Ideas
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.
A Simple Guide on How to Grade 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.
Elementary Classroom Bulletin Board Ideas
Browse this creative collection of bulletin board ideas for teachers. Discover unique ideas that will make your classroom complete.
Assessment Apps for Teachers
Discover the top 5 assessment apps that will make assessing students' work easier than ever before.
Reading Lesson Plan Step # 5 - Objectives and...
Stating your objectives and goals is the fifth step in writing an effective reading lesson plan. Objectives provide a sense of what you want your students to achieve during a lesson.
Class Meetings Help Foster Responsible, Ethical...
By holding regular class meetings, you can help maintain a safe and friendly environment for your elementary school students. Class meetings can also be called Community Circle and they really help with student discipline.
Easter Learning Centers
Discover Easter-themed learning centers for primary grades, one, two and three.
Math Story Books That Make Math Concepts Come...
Math lesson plans don't have to be boring and dry! With these math story books, students will be further down the path towards true comprehension of various math concepts.
Cooperative Learning
Definition of the education glossary term Cooperative Learning. Cooperative Learning is a method of active learning for your students.
5 Popular Behavior Management Strategies
5 Behavior management resources to help you establish and maintain effective classroom discipline.
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.
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.
Promoting 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.
Top 10 Easter Books To Read To Elementary...
If Spring has sprung, it's time for share these top Easter books with your elementary school students. These books are chosen for elementary school teachers to read to their students to celebrate Easter, Springtime, and Passover in the classroom.
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.
Bingo Across the Curriculum
Bingo for teachers - Here's how Bingo for teachers can work across the curriculum to assist your students in learning a wide variety of skills.
Parent-Teacher Communication
Parent-teacher communication is an essential part of teaching. Here are some helpful strategies and ideas for elementary school teachers.
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.
A Delicious Way to Teach Fractions
A Delicious Way to Teach Fractions. For elementary school educators.
Christmas and Wintertime Vocabulary Word List
christmas vocabulary word lists banks use games winter december lesson plans poetry games words
Telling Time with The Grouchy Ladybug
Looking for a easy math lesson for your primary students? Learn how to teach telling time with the Grouchy Ladybug book.
Kindergarten Sight Word List
A list of kindergarten sight words. Also known as Dolch word lists and high frequency words.
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.
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.
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.
Cooperative Learning Tips and Techniques
Discover cooperative learning tips, techniques and much more. Learn how it works and group management tips and commonly used strategies.
Turn-A-Card Behavior Management Plan
Learn about a popular behavior management strategy elementary teachers use in their classrooms to promote positive classroom behavior.
Wrap Up the End of the School Year with Fun...
Wrap up the end of the school year with a few fun projects and activities your students will remember. This collection of ideas will help keep your students motivated to learn up until the very last day.
Learning Centers
Definition of the Education glossary term Learning Centers.
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.
Teaching Reading Comprehension
Teaching Reading Comprehension with Mosaic of Thought and Reader's Workshop
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.
A Writing Lesson on How to Answer Questions in...
Students sometimes need instruction and practice in how best to answer questions in complete sentences. This set of questions give you an opportunity to train them.
A Simple Guide to Word Families
Learn about word families, what they are, why they are important and examples for the most common words.
Technology Trends for 2014
What's new in education for K-5? Learn technology trends for 2014.
A Tongue-Twisting Language Arts Lesson Plan
A Tongue-Twisting Language Arts Lesson for teaching creative writing.
Multisensory Teaching Method to Reading
Learn how to help your students learn through several different modalities with the multisensory teaching approach to reading.
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.
Bloom's Taxonomy
Bloom's Taxonomy refers to a hierarchy of question stems that teachers use to guide their students through the learning process.
Intrinsic Motivation
A definition of the teaching term Intrinsic Motivation.
April Themes, Holiday Activities, and Events...
Here you will find a list of April themes, holidays, and events with correlating activities for elementary 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.
How to Conduct the First Day of School
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.
Zone of Proximal Development
Definition of the education glossary term Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD).
List of Classroom Jobs for the Elementary...
Use this list of classroom jobs to assign jobs to your students in the elementary school classroom.

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