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Elementary Education: Most Popular Articles

These articles are the most popular over the last month.
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.
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.
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.
What Exactly is the Role of a Teacher?
What is the role of a teacher? Learn a teacher's role along with the specific duties they must perform.
Here's How to Write Your Educational Philosophy
Here you will find an educational philosophy sample statement. Use this example as inspiration to help you create your own statement.
The 8 Steps to an Effective Lesson Plan: Step 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.
Use This 8-Step Lesson Plan Template for Fast,...
Use this blank 8-part lesson plan template every time that you need to write a lesson plan for elementary school teaching.
The Top 7 Reasons to Become a Teacher
Are you thinking about becoming a teacher? Here are the top seven reasons to become a teacher.
Best Kept Secrets on Acing a Teaching Interview
You've scored a teacher interview, now it's time to learn how to ace it. How do you dress? What do you bring? What do you say? Learn the answers to all of these important questions and much more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What Is an Educational Philosophy and Why Does...
A definition of the education term Educational Philosophy.
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.
Easter Journal Writing Prompts and Topics
Looking for inspiration for journal writing? Discover Easter journal writing prompts and topics for your elementary school students.
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.
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.
10 Ways to Be a Better Teacher in Today's World
Are you looking to improve your teaching? Here are 10 ways to be a better elementary school teacher today.
A Comprehensive List of Spring Words
A comprehensive spring word bank, with activity tips on how to use the list.
Try This Quick and Easy Easter Activity
Need a quick Easter lesson plan? Practice poetry-writing with an Easter acrostic poem.
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.
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.
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.
The 8 Steps to an Effective Lesson Plan: Step 3...
Direct Instruction is the meat and potatoes of a well-written lesson plan. Here, you'll find the definition of Direct Instruction and how you can write this section of a lesson plan effectively.
8 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!
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.
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.
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.
The 8 Steps to an Effective Lesson Plan: Step 6...
Independent Practice is the sixth step in writing an effective lesson plan for the elementary classroom. In Independent Practice, you let the students work independently so that you can assess their progress in meeting the learning objectives.
The 8 Steps to an Effective Lesson Plan: Step 8...
The Assessment and Follow-up section is the eighth part of writing an effective lesson plan. During Assessment, you measure to what degree your students have met the lesson plan's learning objectives.
17 Scaffolding Techniques to Use When...
Techniques for scaffolding instruction to support student learning in the classroom.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Elementary Classroom Bulletin Board Ideas
Browse this creative collection of bulletin board ideas for teachers. Discover unique ideas that will make your classroom complete.
Heterogeneous Groups
A definition of the education glossary term Heterogeneous Groups.
10 Reading Strategies and Activities for...
Discover 10 effective reading strategies and activities for your elementary school classroom. Ideas include how to boost reading motivation, using analytic phonics, 5 fun ideas for reluctant readers, book activities for grades 3-5 and much more.
How to Make Learning Fun Again
Make learning fun! Browse these tips and you will discover 10 effective ways to make learning fun again!
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.
Rubric
What is a rubric? A definition for teachers interested in assessing student performance with a rubric.
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.
Top Ways to Keep a Healthy Classroom
Learn how to keep healthy in the classroom with these tips and activities for elementary students.
6 Essential Ingredients to Delivering an...
What Does a Great Lesson Look Like? For elementary school educators.
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.
Popular Behavior Management Strategies
5 Behavior management resources to help you establish and maintain effective classroom discipline.
Early Childhood Education
Definition of the education glossary term Early Childhood Education.
Foolproof Fun for April Fools' Day
April Fools Day activities, crafts, jokes, and snacks to help you celebrate this lighthearted holiday with your elementary students.
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.
Reading Strategies for Elementary Students
Discover how to incorporate reading strategies for elementary students into your routine to increase your student's reading success.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Language Arts Lesson Plan for Grades 4-6:...
WHAT ARE IDIOMS? Grades 4-6 Language Arts Lesson Plan
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Today's Assignment: To Create Classroom...
Learn which procedures and routines are the key to a well managed, organized classroom.
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.
April Themes, Holiday Activities, and Events...
Here you will find a list of April themes, holidays, and events with correlating activities for elementary students.
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!
Top 5 Assessment Apps
Discover the top 5 assessment apps that will make assessing students' work easier than ever before.
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.
TLM - Teaching/Learning Materials
A glossary definition of the teaching term TLM (Teaching/Learning Materials).
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.
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.
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.
Cooperative Learning
Definition of the education glossary term Cooperative Learning. Cooperative Learning is a method of active learning for your students.
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.
Homogeneous Groups
A definition of the education glossary term Homogeneous Groups.
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.
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.
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.
Student Teacher Observation Checklist
Student teaching sample questions and statements for areas of observation by the cooperating teacher, college supervisor, and self-evaluation.
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.
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.
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.
What Is Instructional Scaffolding?
A definition of the education glossary term Scaffolding.
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.
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 Deal With a Problem Principal
If you sense growing tension with a problem administrator, you must be proactive. Here's how to do it...
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.
Teachable Moment
What is a teachable moment in the classroom? Here is the definition of a teachable moment in education.
Quick Guide to Mini Lessons
Are you looking for a mini lesson plan template for your elementary writer's workshop? Here you will find a printable template and quick guide to mini lessons.
Create Rubrics for Student Assessment - Step by...
Step-by-step instructions to help you create a rubric for assessing your students' work.
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.
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.
Bloom's Taxonomy: The Incredible Teaching Tool
Use Bloom's Taxonomy To Move Your Students Through The Learning Process.
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.
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.
NCLB - No Child Left Behind
Definition of the education glossary term No Child Left Behind.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kindergarten Sight Word List
A list of kindergarten sight words. Also known as Dolch word lists and high frequency words.
Extrinsic Motivation
A definition of the teaching term Extrinsic Motivation.
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 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 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.
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.
5 Fun Field Trip Ideas
Here you will find 5 fun and exciting educational field trip ideas for your elementary school 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.
Turn-A-Card Behavior Management Plan
Learn about a popular behavior management strategy elementary teachers use in their classrooms to promote positive classroom behavior.
Stay Up-to-Date with Technology Trends
What's new in education for K-5? Learn technology trends for 2014.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Easter Learning Centers
Discover Easter-themed learning centers for primary grades, one, two and three.
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.
Here's How You Can Teach Students About Nutrition
This nutrition lesson and unit is designed to last a week. The unit will explore key concepts and activities on the food groups, food pyramid (food plate), creating balanced meals and much more.
Parent-Teacher Communication
Parent-teacher communication is an essential part of teaching. Here are some helpful strategies and ideas for elementary school teachers.
Learning Centers
Definition of the Education glossary term Learning Centers.
Ice Breakers for the First Day of Elementary...
Help your students break the ice and get to know each other with this quick and easy selection of First Day of School ice breakers for elementary school classrooms. Perfect for Back to School.
How to 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.
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.
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.
Multisensory Teaching Method to Reading
Learn how to help your students learn through several different modalities with the multisensory teaching approach to reading.
Boost Your Students Reading Motivation
Learn how to boost your students reading motivation with strategies and activities. Ideas include, book reviews for the class library, book bingo, and much more.
"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.
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.
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.
Manipulative
Definition of the Education glossary term Manipulative.
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.
Intrinsic Motivation
A definition of the teaching term Intrinsic Motivation.
How To Be A Happy And Successful Substitute...
How to have a pleasant, productive day as a substitute teacher and be asked to return.
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.
Activating Prior Knowledge
Definition of Activate Prior Knowledge as a teaching strategy.
Rainbow Writing Lesson Plan
A fun and colorful kindergarten writing lesson plan called Rainbow Writing.
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.
Teaching Reading Comprehension
Teaching Reading Comprehension with Mosaic of Thought and Reader's Workshop
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.
What You Need to Know About Germs in Your...
Germs can spread quickly among students in your classroom. Get the facts on germs and how to maintain a germ free classroom.
Tax Deduction Tips for Teachers Who Pay for...
While the rest of the country agonizes about taxes each Spring, teachers can't afford the luxury of forgetting about taxes even for one day! Here's how to save your receipts and make the most of the deductions that are allowed to classroom teachers.
A Simple Way to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in...
Are you looking for St. Patrick's Day creative writing prompts for your elementary students? Use this list to help you create poems, stories, letters or more.
What to Know About Reading
Learn what every teacher needs to know about reading, from why students struggle to why parents need to read to their child. Learn the facts here.
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.
Bloom's Taxonomy
Bloom's Taxonomy refers to a hierarchy of question stems that teachers use to guide their students through the learning process.
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.

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