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As a teacher, forming good working relationships with parents is imperative in helping your students be successful. Here's how to establish open communication and positive collaboration with your students' parents.

Dealing With Difficult Parents

As a teacher, forming good working relationships with parents is imperative in helping your students be successful. Here's how to establish open communication and positive collaboration with your students' parents.

Listen in on many classrooms at all levels, and you'll probably hear teachers asking question after question. With so many questions coming at them, students have little time to think. Looking at it another way: the more questions that are asked, the less thinking occurs. Classroom observations reveal that teachers typically wait less than 1 second for students to respond to a question. Learn how and why you should change this pattern in your classroom. (Grades K-12)

Your Secret Weapon: Wait Time (Professional Development Teaching Advice, Grades K-12)

Download our thousands of free printables and reshape your lessons for students with special needs today!

Special Needs – Teacher Resources (Grades K-12

We asked teachers to tell us about a fellow educator who inspired them, and we were not disappointed! We received so many amazing stories from all over the country - spouses who worked together and drew inspiration from the other, daughters who became teachers to emulate their mothers, and newer teachers expressing gratitude for their mentors, just to name a few. We’re going to be sharing some of our favorite entries throughout the summer, beginning with these two!

Extraordinary Educators: Teacher Appreciation Stories

We asked teachers to tell us about a fellow educator who inspired them, and we were not disappointed! We received so many amazing stories from all over the country - spouses who worked together and drew inspiration from the other, daughters who became teachers to emulate their mothers, and newer teachers expressing gratitude for their mentors, just to name a few. We’re going to be sharing some of our favorite entries throughout the summer, beginning with these two!

While the resources featured today are for elementary and middle-grade students, MakeBeliefsComix provides people of all ages with materials designed to spark creativity, inspire exploration and "spur our energies to find solutions to our befuddlements." In other words, they're perfect for social-emotional learning, character education, gifted and talented learners, and special education. Get the creativity flowing in your classroom using the three items at the link!

New This Week: MakeBeliefsComix's Character Education Resources

We're building on the theme of social-emotional learning and character development with creative new materials courtesy of MakeBeliefsComix.

A fourth-grade teacher shares, "I have found that the majority of my most useful teaching lessons came from actually leading a classroom, not being a student in one. Here are the four biggest areas where grad school was not enough preparation." Keep reading to learn about those four critical lessons.

Things They Don’t Teach You in Grad School

A fourth-grade teacher shares, "I have found that the majority of my most useful teaching lessons came from actually leading a classroom, not being a student in one. Here are the four biggest areas where grad school was not enough preparation." Keep reading to learn about those four critical lessons.

FutureFit is a curriculum enhancement framework designed to empower you to easily integrate social-emotional learning and character education into traditional academic curriculum. Through specially-curated resources, project-based lessons, and a variety of mini-activities, you can bring life skills to the classroom and new life to your teaching. Learn more at TeacherVision.com!

What is FutureFit?

FutureFit is a curriculum enhancement framework that uses specially-curated resources to bring social emotional and life skills into you classroom.

If you struggle when deciding how much homework to assign, you're not alone. Depending on your mentality, homework can encompass a variety of different aspects, including worksheets, reading, "skill and drill," project work, and more. Learn how one fourth-grade teacher approaches homework in her classroom.

Homework Strategies: What Works in Your Classroom?

If you struggle when deciding how much homework to assign or how to differentiate assignments, you're not alone.

There’s no question that teachers are busy people. We have new initiatives to implement, standard curriculum to follow, and social-emotional considerations to fit into our very short, very busy days. One way to help make teaching and learning more fun, innovative, and engaging is to utilize technology and apps in our classrooms. Keep reading to learn how you can better your classroom through a variety of free resources for teachers, students, and parents!

8 Apps You Need to Be Using in Your Classroom

There’s no question that teachers are busy people. We have new initiatives to implement, standard curriculum to follow, and social-emotional considerations to fit into our very short, very busy days. One way to help make teaching and learning more fun, innovative, and engaging is to utilize technology and apps in our classrooms. Keep reading to learn how you can better your classroom through a variety of free resources for teachers, students, and parents!

Learn how one third-grade teacher uses different types of "brain breaks" to accomplish a variety of learning goals in her classroom.

The No-Tech-Needed 2-Minute "Brain Gym" Exercises for Better Classroom Management

Learn how one third-grade teacher uses different types of "brain breaks" to accomplish a variety of learning goals in her classroom.

There are so many factors to consider when creating a seating chart: age, academic skill, gender, friends, enemies, role models, behavioral issues, students on IEPs, students with language-based disabilities, quiet students, loud students, distracted students… the list goes on and on. That's why we're sharing a couple of flexible seating tips and tricks to help you run your classroom as effectively as possible.

How to Stay Flexible and Create Optimal Seating in Your Classroom

There are so many factors to consider when creating a seating chart: age, academic skill, gender, friends, enemies, role models, behavioral issues, students on IEPs, students with language-based disabilities, quiet students, loud students, distracted students… the list goes on and on. That's why we're sharing a couple of flexible seating tips and tricks to help you run your classroom as effectively as possible.

A learning center is a self-contained section of the classroom in which students engage in independent and self-directed learning activities. Get information on learning centers and how to incorporate them in to your instructional routine using this advice. (Grades Pre-K-12)

Learning Centers: Tips & Advice for Teachers (Grades K-12)

A learning center is a self-contained section of the classroom in which students engage in independent and self-directed learning activities

This worksheet includes 10 self-regulation study habits for students, focused on helping them create and manage effective and productive study spaces and routines. In addition to the hints and tips, the worksheet includes a number of questions oriented around self-assessment, awareness and reflection.

10 Important Study Habits for Students

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Differentiate to Simplify Homework

The secret to simplifying homework stress in your classroom - makes parents and students happy without causing tons of extra work and stress

How will you create a positive classroom environment that encourages risk and creativity? Begin by asking your students these 6 questions on the first day of school.

How will you create a positive classroom environment that encourages risk and creativity? Begin by asking your students these 6 questions on the first day of school.

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