Teaching Resources

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. How to Write a Lesson Plan

    How to Write a Lesson Plan

    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 to follow as you work. Even if you spent a lot of time in school practicing planning what you'll say and do in your classroom, the daily reality of lesson planning can hit new teachers hard...
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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. School Christmas Party Ideas

    School Christmas Party Ideas

    Whether you're an eager room parent or a reluctant last-minute volunteer, planning your child's school Christmas party should be about one thing — helping your child and their classmates celebrate the season together. Most parents start out with this intention, but can quickly become overwhelmed by all of the details involved. Don't worry! Party planning doesn't have to be stressful. In...
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  8. Should I Homeschool My Child? Weighing the Pros and Cons

    Should I Homeschool My Child? Weighing the Pros and Cons

    As of 2017, there were 3.5 million students in homeschool. Ninety-one percent of homeschooling parents said they were worried about the safety of the school environment. These parents are concerned about in-school violence, bullying and social pressure. Seventy-seven percent of homeschooling parents said they did so out of a desire to provide moral instruction. Many of these parents are concerned about the lack of traditional lessons in today’s public...
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  9. How to Get Students to Do Homework

    How to Get Students to Do Homework

    Are you looking for ways to motivate your students to do their homework? If so, you’re not alone. Getting students to do their homework regularly can be a source of frustration for teachers. We know students who consistently complete homework will achieve more academically, particularly in high school, and students who don’t do their homework will falter. As a teacher...
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  10. Ways for Teachers to Stay Organized

    Ways for Teachers to Stay Organized

    The life of a teacher is many things. It’s a chaotic whirlwind that’s at times rewarding, but at other times just a headache waiting to happen. But if there’s one word that could perfectly sum up what it means to be a teacher, it might be “unpredictable.” A teacher’s job changes frequently — sometimes even from one hour to the...
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