Great for last-minute lesson plans and activities, our FREE 2018 Educators' Calendar is full of holidays, fun facts, significant dates in history, along with month- and week-long celebrations. Plus, the interactive version of the 2018 calendar is available as well.  You'll get: - More than 1,000 entries for historic events & special occasions - Educational activities related to science, history, math, English, & social studies - Curriculum ideas for all grade levels - Holiday & special…

Printable 2018 Educators' Calendar

Great for last-minute lesson plans and activities, our FREE 2018 Educators' Calendar is full of holidays, fun facts, significant dates in history, along with month- and week-long celebrations. Plus, the interactive version of the 2018 calendar is available as well. You'll get: - More than 1,000 entries for historic events & special occasions - Educational activities related to science, history, math, English, & social studies - Curriculum ideas for all grade levels - Holiday & special…

One of the best decisions I’ve made in my classroom is to implement guided math. Once I found a system that worked, I never looked back at whole group instruction. Regardless of the program your school uses, you can make guided math work for your classroom, too.  Guided math is essentially four small groups and four math rotations, each with a specific focus. Some creative teacher came up with the acronym “MATH” to identify each rotation, although I’ve seen the letters used differently.

Implementing Guided Math

Guided math proved to be an excellent addition (pun intended!) to Amy McKinney's elementary classroom.

Substitute teachers often do not receive any substantial training. A former full-time and current substitute teacher shares her best tips for temporarily managing a classroom.

Classroom Management for New Substitute Teachers

Substitute teachers often do not receive any substantial training. A former full-time and current substitute teacher shares her best tips for temporarily managing a classroom.

Do you want to get your students more engaged and excited to learn? Well, you’re in luck. Student engagement can be achieved through small changes in the classroom. If you are seeking to improve student engagement without making major changes to your curriculum or creating a mountain of work for yourself, here are a few small tips for big change in student engagement.

5 Easy Tips for Increasing Student Engagement

Do you want to get your students more engaged and excited to learn? Well, you’re in luck. Student engagement can be achieved through small changes in the classroom. If you are seeking to improve student engagement without making major changes to your curriculum or creating a mountain of work for yourself, here are a few small tips for big change in student engagement.

I teach in an urban school environment with much socioeconomic diversity, and my students also span a broad range of academic achievement. Some students need significant support for standard coursework, while others need challenges beyond their grade level. This vast spectrum of needs makes differentiation an enormous challenge. This is why project-based learning is a mainstay in my classroom. When done correctly, PBL evens the playing field. Learn more about implementing PBL at the link!

6 Reasons to Make Project-Based Learning a Core Practice in Diverse Schools

I teach in an urban school environment with much socioeconomic diversity, and my students also span a broad range of academic achievement. Some students need significant support for standard coursework, while others need challenges beyond their grade level. This vast spectrum of needs makes differentiation an enormous challenge. This is why project-based learning is a mainstay in my classroom. When done correctly, PBL evens the playing field. Learn more about implementing PBL at the link!

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!

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!

Understanding the motivation behind kids' actions is key to creating effective behavior management systems in your classroom. One size does not fit all!

Understanding the Motivation Behind Student Behavior

Understanding the motivation behind kids' actions is key to creating effective behavior management systems in your classroom.

Differentiated curriculum is individualized to meet the diverse needs of all the students in one class.

Differentiated Curriculum: A Successful Experience

Differentiated curriculum is individualized to meet the diverse needs of all the students in one class.

If we all share certain standards of behavior for our children, why not set that expectation clearly and firmly by creating, explaining, and practicing rules that really mean something?

The 5 P's: Meaningful Classroom Rules

If we all share certain standards of behavior for our children, why not set that expectation clearly and firmly by creating, explaining, and practicing rules that really mean something?

Understanding the motivation behind kids' actions is key to creating effective behavior management systems in your classroom. One behavior management system does not fit all students!

Understanding the Motivation Behind Student Behavior

Understanding the motivation behind kids' actions is key to creating effective behavior management systems in your classroom. One behavior management system does not fit all students!

When teaching in an inclusion classroom, many accommodations are often made to help certain students. I have found that the majority of these accommodations are helpful not only for our special needs students, but are best practices for everyone.  Some of my most utilized accommodations include reading questions orally, providing extended time for assignments, allowing wait time (which is different from extended time!), giving motor breaks, and representing the material through multiple…

Inclusive Practices are Best Practices

When teaching in an inclusion classroom, many accommodations are often made to help certain students. I have found that the majority of these accommodations are helpful not only for our special needs students, but are best practices for everyone.

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 less-than-stellar observation can be discouraging, especially for new teachers. Here's how to bounce back and regain your confidence after a stressful evaluation.

4 Tips to Help Teachers Bounce Back After a Tough Observation

A less-than-stellar observation can be discouraging, especially for new teachers. Here's how to bounce back and regain your confidence after a stressful evaluation.

Learn more about inclusion and how it impacts the classroom. Featuring answers to questions such as, "How can inclusive practices be incorporated in early childhood settings, and how can parents become involved?", "Is it possible to meet the needs of gifted students in the regular education (inclusion) classroom?", and more.

Frequently Asked Questions on Inclusion

Learn about the "skills gap" for new graduates, why SEL and 21st-century skills are so important, and best practices for implementing them in the classroom with this guide. Includes social-emotional learning definitions and theories from several leading educational authorities, helpful research and studies, and project-based learning resources for the classroom.

The Building Blocks of a 21st Century Classroom

Learn about the "skills gap" for new graduates, why SEL and 21st-century skills are so important, and best practices for implementing them in the classroom with this guide. Includes social-emotional learning definitions and theories from several leading educational authorities, helpful research and studies, and project-based learning resources for the classroom.

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