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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.
How to Make a Great First Impression on...
Start the year off right with a student welcome letter. Learn tips, suggestions and a sample letter for students and parents.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
What Is an Educational Philosophy and Why Does...
A definition of the education term Educational Philosophy.
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.
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.
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!
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.
6 Suggestions for Arranging the Desks in Your...
An examination of the various ways that teachers can arrange students desks in the classroom.
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.
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.
6 Essential Ingredients to Delivering an...
What Does a Great Lesson Look Like? For elementary school educators.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Classroom Procedures and Routines
Learn which procedures and routines are the key to a well managed, organized classroom.
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.
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.
Elementary Teacher Qualifications
Discover what teacher qualifications are needed to become an elementary school teacher. This includes education, degree, licensing, certification and continuing education.
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.
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.
17 Scaffolding Techniques to Use When...
Techniques for scaffolding instruction to support student learning in the classroom.
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.
Elementary Classroom Bulletin Board Ideas
Browse this creative collection of bulletin board ideas for teachers. Discover unique ideas that will make your classroom complete.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Classroom Jobs for Elementary School Students
Classroom jobs are an easy and fun way to teach kids about responsibility.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What Is Instructional Scaffolding?
A definition of the education glossary term Scaffolding.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
TLM - Teaching/Learning Materials
A glossary definition of the teaching term TLM (Teaching/Learning Materials).
Heterogeneous Groups
A definition of the education glossary term Heterogeneous Groups.
8 Proven Strategies to Help Reluctant Readers
What makes a student a reluctant reader? This quick resource will provide you with proven strategies and tips to get your reluctant reader, reading.
Top 5 Ice Breakers for Back to School
Fun and easy ice breaker activities to ease the first week jitters. Ideas include, classroom bingo, picture pairs, summer souvenir, fits like a puzzle and applying for classroom jobs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bloom's Taxonomy: The Incredible Teaching Tool
Use Bloom's Taxonomy To Move Your Students Through The Learning Process.
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.
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.
Rubric
What is a rubric? A definition for teachers interested in assessing student performance with a rubric.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Language Arts Lesson Plan for Grades 4-6:...
WHAT ARE IDIOMS? Grades 4-6 Language Arts Lesson Plan
Christmas and Wintertime Vocabulary Word List
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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.
Teachable Moment
What is a teachable moment in the classroom? Here is the definition of a teachable moment in education.
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.
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.
Early Childhood Education
Definition of the education glossary term Early Childhood Education.
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.
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.
Turn-A-Card Behavior Management Plan
Learn about a popular behavior management strategy elementary teachers use in their classrooms to promote positive classroom behavior.
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.
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.
5 Popular Behavior Management Strategies
5 Behavior management resources to help you establish and maintain effective classroom discipline.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Manipulative
Definition of the Education glossary term Manipulative.
Reading Strategies for Elementary Students
Discover how to incorporate reading strategies for elementary students into your routine to increase your student's reading success.
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.
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.
Stay Up-to-Date with Technology Trends
What's new in education for K-5? Learn technology trends for 2014.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Homogeneous Groups
A definition of the education glossary term Homogeneous Groups.
Parent-Teacher Communication
Parent-teacher communication is an essential part of teaching. Here are some helpful strategies and ideas for elementary school teachers.
Introducing 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.
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.
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.
Space Activities
Launch students into outer space with over 50 space activities and resources that are out of this world.
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.
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.
Cooperative Learning
Definition of the education glossary term Cooperative Learning. Cooperative Learning is a method of active learning for your students.
Substitute Folders
A substitute folder is an essential resource for all elementary teachers to have in their classroom. Learn the types of materials to add to your folder to ensure your classroom will run smoothly while you are absent.
Assessment Apps for Teachers
Discover the top 5 assessment apps that will make assessing students' work easier than ever before.
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.
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.
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.
Creative Writing
How to guide your K-6 students' creative writing from ho-hum to wow!
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.
How to Organize Your Classroom Files
Tips to help you organize your classroom files into proper categories, specifically Elementary School teachers.
Learning Centers
Definition of the Education glossary term Learning Centers.
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.
Create Rubrics for Student Assessment - Step by...
Step-by-step instructions to help you create a rubric for assessing your students' work.
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.
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.
Bloom's Taxonomy
Bloom's Taxonomy refers to a hierarchy of question stems that teachers use to guide their students through the learning process.
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.
Kindergarten Sight Word List
A list of kindergarten sight words. Also known as Dolch word lists and high frequency words.
Student Teacher Observation Checklist
Student teaching sample questions and statements for areas of observation by the cooperating teacher, college supervisor, and self-evaluation.
Extrinsic Motivation
A definition of the teaching term Extrinsic Motivation.
Blank Reading Lesson Plan Template
Use this printable,blank reading lesson plan template for all of your elementary education language arts lessons and activities.
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.
Behavor Managment Clip Charts
Learn how to monitor students' behavior with a classroom clip chart. Here you will discover a variety of behavior management ideas for your elementary classroom.
Classroom Bingo Ice Breaker Activity
Use this fun, classroom bingo ice breaker activity with your elementary students during the first week back to school.
September Themes, Holiday Activities, and...
Here you will find a list of September themes, holidays, and events with correlating activities for elementary students.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Top 5 Free iPad Apps Worth Checking Out
Discover 5 of the best free iPad apps for teachers. Learn how to incorporate these must have apps into classroom lessons and activities.
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 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.
Classroom Job Application - How to Assign...
Classroom jobs are an easy and fun way to teach kids about responsibility.
10 Learning Strategies to Use in Your Classroom
Use these top 10 learning strategies in your elementary classroom to engage, motivate, and enhance student learning.
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.
Intrinsic Motivation
A definition of the teaching term Intrinsic Motivation.
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.
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.
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