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Elementary Education: Most Popular Articles

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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.
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 2...
Anticipatory sets are the part of lesson plans that activate background knowledge for your students as you begin a lesson plan and get ready to enter the direct instruction. Anticipatory Sets are the second step of a well-written 8-step lesson plan.
The 8 Steps to an Effective Lesson Plan: Step 1...
Setting lesson plan objectives is the first step in writing lesson plans. Learn how to write clearly-defined objectives and goals.
6 Essential Ingredients to Delivering an...
What Does a Great Lesson Look Like? For elementary school educators.
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!
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.
4 Sample Teaching Philosophy Examples
Sample educational philosophy statements to help inspire and motivate you to write your own.
Halloween Word List
Use this Halloween Vocabulary Word Bank for all types of activities and crafts in the elementary school classroom.
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.
What Is an Educational Philosophy and Why Does...
A definition of the education term Educational Philosophy.
How to Use a Scoring Rubric
Here you will find a basic scoring rubric for elementary grade students. Learn how to use a scoring rubric in addition to a sample rubric that you can print.
The 8 Steps to an Effective Lesson Plan: Step 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.
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 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.
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.
Student Teacher Observation Checklist
Student teaching sample questions and statements for areas of observation by the cooperating teacher, college supervisor, and self-evaluation.
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.
How to Write a Lesson Plan in Less Than an Hour
Lesson plans are the bread and butter of good elementary school teaching. Here are some quick tips for writing a solid and clear lesson plan.
The Top 7 Reasons to Become a Teacher
Are you thinking about becoming a teacher? Here are the top seven reasons to become a teacher.
6 Things We Can Learn from Successful Teachers
Successful teachers share these 6 key traits. Cultivate these attributes in yourself to maximize your effectiveness in the classroom.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
17 Scaffolding Techniques to Use When...
Techniques for scaffolding instruction to support student learning in the classroom.
Start Planning for October
Here you will find a list of October themes, holidays, and events with correlating activities for elementary students.
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.
5 Fun Fall Activities to Try in Your Classroom
Discover 5 fall activities that will help elementary students celebrate the autumn season. Learn ideas such as, leave prints, Harvest party, stuffing a scarecrow and much more.
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.
5 Popular Behavior Management Strategies
5 Behavior management resources to help you establish and maintain effective classroom discipline.
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.
Early Childhood Education
Definition of the education glossary term Early Childhood Education.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Things You Can Do Now to Combat Teacher...
It is well-known that teaching can be stressful. Here are 10 ways that you can deal with teacher burnout.
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!
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.
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 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.
Heterogeneous Groups
A definition of the education glossary term Heterogeneous Groups.
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.
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.
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.
Christmas and Wintertime Vocabulary Word List
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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.
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.
Free Lesson Plans for Teachers!
Free Lesson Plans for Teachers! How to find them fast. For elementary school teachers.
Here's How to Throw a Classroom Halloween Party
Learn a variety of Halloween party ideas for your elementary school classroom. Your students will have a spook-tacular time with these party games, activities and treats.
Use These Simple Topics for Impromptu Oral...
A list of speech topics that can be assigned for impromptu oral presentations in the elementary school classroom. These speech topics are fun for your students to write and present to the class.
Nutrition Education: Get the Lowdown on Healthy...
A Healthy versus unhealthy food lesson plan for grades K-3. Students will be able to compare healthy foods vs unhealthy foods.
5 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.
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.
6 Suggestions for Arranging the Desks in Your...
An examination of the various ways that teachers can arrange students desks in the classroom.
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.
Smart Map Project Ideas for Kids
Second grade map project ideas to correlate with any elementary social studies map skills lesson plan.
Parent-Teacher Communication
Parent-teacher communication is an essential part of teaching. Here are some helpful strategies and ideas 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.
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 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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
TLM - Teaching/Learning Materials
A glossary definition of the teaching term TLM (Teaching/Learning Materials).
Make a Great First Impression with a Welcome...
Start the year off right with a student welcome letter. Learn tips, suggestions and a sample letter for students and parents.
What is a rubric? A definition for teachers interested in assessing student performance with a rubric.
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.
Today's Assignment: To Create Classroom...
Learn which procedures and routines are the key to a well managed, organized classroom.
What Teaching Goals Should You Make This School...
Are you a teacher that is looking to make changes this new school year? Here are 10 goals that you should shoot for this year.
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.
Homogeneous Groups
A definition of the education glossary term Homogeneous Groups.
Investigating Healthy Snacks Lesson Plan
An elementary healthy snack lesson plan where students will investigate healthy snack options.
Reading Strategies for Elementary Students
Discover how to incorporate reading strategies for elementary students into your routine to increase your student's reading success.
Journal 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.
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.
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.
How to Make Learning Fun Again
Make learning fun! Browse these tips and you will discover 10 effective ways to make learning fun again!
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.
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.
10 Learning Strategies to Try Today
Use these top 10 learning strategies in your elementary classroom to engage, motivate, and enhance student learning.
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!
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.
A Language Arts Lesson Plan for Grades 4-6:...
WHAT ARE IDIOMS? Grades 4-6 Language Arts Lesson Plan
Second Grade Goals for Students After the New...
Looking for ways to make sure your students hit those benchmarks? Here is a list of second grade goals for after the New Year to share with parents. You will find goals for math, reading, writing and home.
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.
How To Be A Happy And Successful Substitute...
How to have a pleasant, productive day as a substitute teacher and be asked to return.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 Deal With a Problem Principal
If you sense growing tension with a problem administrator, you must be proactive. Here's how to do it...
Learn How to Manage Classroom Centers
Discover tips and suggestions on how to organize, store and manage classroom learning centers.
Teachable Moment
What is a teachable moment in the classroom? Here is the definition of a teachable moment in education.
Classroom Jobs for Elementary School Students
Classroom jobs are an easy and fun way to teach kids about responsibility.
Bloom's Taxonomy: The Incredible Teaching Tool
Use Bloom's Taxonomy To Move Your Students Through The Learning Process.
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.
Turn-A-Card Behavior Management Plan
Learn about a popular behavior management strategy elementary teachers use in their classrooms to promote positive classroom behavior.
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.
How to Deal with Cleanliness in Your Classroom
Learn tips and tricks on how to deal with cleanliness in the classroom.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Roles and Responsibilities of a Student Teacher
Lists the suggested roles and responsibilities of a student teacher for each week they are placed in the classroom.
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.
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.
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.
Learn How to Create an Effective Learning Space
Learn how to create an effective learning space for your elementary school classroom with these tips.
What is Student Teaching Really Like
What is student teaching? What is it like? How long does it last? Find out all of this and much more in this in-depth guide to becoming a student teacher.
Classroom Door Decorations for Teachers
Find unique classroom door decoration ideas for all seasons. Find a great selection of ideas and learn how to customize your door for any occasion.
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.
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.
5 Reasons You Should Implement Yoga in Your...
Practicing yoga in the classroom in said to have many benefits for students. Here are 5 reasons why you should implement yoga into your classroom today.
Create Rubrics for Student Assessment - Step by...
Step-by-step instructions to help you create a rubric for assessing your students' work.
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.
"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.
Essential Elements of Guided Reading
Learn the three essential elements of a guided reading program. Along with a suggested activity and how a traditional reading group compares to a dynamic guided reading group.
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.
How to Answer Popular Teaching Interview...
Maximize your confidence at your next teaching interview with these popular teaching interview questions and answers.
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.
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.
Rainbow Writing Lesson Plan
A fun and colorful kindergarten writing lesson plan called Rainbow Writing.
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.
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.
Bloom's Taxonomy
Bloom's Taxonomy refers to a hierarchy of question stems that teachers use to guide their students through the learning process.
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.
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.
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.

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