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  1. How to Create a Positive School Culture

    How to Create a Positive School Culture

    When you walk into your school in the morning, how do you feel, and what are the attitudes of the students and staff when they arrive to school? Some schools have an overwhelmingly positive culture — one that's evident from the moment you walk in. These schools exude school spirit and pride, and you can see it on the walls...
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  2. Education Trends Every Curriculum Director Should Know About

    Education Trends Every Curriculum Director Should Know About

    When you take the time to learn more about the latest trends in education, it can help inform and improve your own classroom instruction. Maybe you've got a challenging group of kids who aren't responding to the lesson plans your teachers are using. Or perhaps you're counseling a group of teachers who feel like their school district doesn't value them...
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  3. 10 Tips For Principals to Motivate Teachers

    10 Tips For Principals to Motivate Teachers

    Motivating teachers to power through the tough times is essential to your school's success. Among a principal's many responsibilities is the incredibly important task of encouraging and building up their teachers so that they can face and overcome any obstacle they encounter. A 2016 study showed that a principal's ability to positively lead and motivate their teachers has a direct impact on retention...
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  4. What Makes a Good School Administrator

    What Makes a Good School Administrator

    Whether you're new to the role or you're a seasoned veteran, serving as a school administrator is challenging. Some of your day-to-day challenges stem from obvious sources — student behavior problems, lack of funding, teacher shortages, etc. — but many of the challenges you face as a school administrator go way beyond that. How can you face those challenges head-on...
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  5. Teacher Holiday Tips: Managing Holiday Stress in the Classroom

    Teacher Holiday Tips: Managing Holiday Stress in the Classroom

    It happens every year. Just as your students get into a routine, the holidays descend. Special assemblies take away from instruction time, an abundance of sugary treats to consume can cause hyperactivity in the classroom, and family trips lead to increased absences. Add in your own family's holiday schedule, and you've got a recipe for one stressed-out teacher! You can't...
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  6. First-Year Teaching Tips

    First-Year Teaching Tips

    Congratulations! You're a first-year teacher, but you need to know how to prepare to make the most of your initial school year. Teaching is one of the hardest, most rewarding jobs you can have. You will influence the lives of your students for years. Here are some great ways to help you survive your first year in teaching. The Importance...
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  7. Summer for Teachers — How to Get the Most out of Your Break

    Summer for Teachers — How to Get the Most out of Your Break

    The long summer break gives you weeks to do what you want, but as a teacher, summer vacation does not always mean just lying on the beach or watching hours of TV. You can get more out of your summer to improve yourself and relax your mind so you're ready for the new school year in the fall. Don't let...
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  8. How to Write a Lesson Plan

    How to Write a Lesson Plan

    { "@context": "https://schema.org/", "@type": "HowTo", "name": "How to Write a Lesson Plan", "description": "We’ve put together this guide to help teachers make the most out of homework time and motivate their students.", "image": "https://successbydesign.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/1-title.jpg", "step": } There's no way around it — if you're standing up in front of a classroom each day, you'll need to create a lesson plan...
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  9. School Spirit Week Ideas

    School Spirit Week Ideas

      There's nothing quite like a school spirit day to boost excitement and encourage unity among students. It originated as a homecoming tradition for high schools, but school spirit days have become staple fare for elementary and middle schools as well. Why? Because they're fun! Giving students the chance to dress up and break from the usual routine can keep...
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  10. An Elementary School Teachers' Guide to Building Student Confidence

    An Elementary School Teachers' Guide to Building Student Confidence

    Being an elementary school student can be incredibly difficult — which is why developing a strong sense of self-confidence in elementary students has become a key goal for educators. Positive self-esteem is important to a student’s development as a person, and a fundamental way to improve academic success. Teachers know the importance of self-confidence in a student’s life. It’s a...
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