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March 22, 2017

While there is nothing like the feel of a good book in your hands, eBooks are a great alternative – especially for struggling readers.  The ability to change font . . . read more

March 20, 2017

Teaching isn’t for the faint of heart. It’s filled with unexpected moments and never-ending paperwork.  Thankfully, it’s also a profession that’s . . . read more

March 17, 2017

Before you know it, summer will be here and vacation season will be in full swing. If you are one of those people who forgets to start planning for vacation . . . read more

March 15, 2017

There is no denying that music lyrics are easier to memorize than some of the basic facts that your students are asked to remember.  Instead of fighting for their attent . . . read more

March 13, 2017

Last week, my family and I went to see a stage adaptation of The Little Prince. A scene in it reminds me of the always-complex, sometimes-awkward relationship between par . . . read more

March 10, 2017

Before you know it Easter will be here. Stop the last minute dash for craft ideas with one of the four fun ideas below. They can be easily adapted for . . . read more

March 8, 2017

Test anxiety often interferes with learning and lowers test performance.  Signs of anxiety include headaches, stomach aches, sweating, shortness of breath, and rapid hea . . . read more

March 6, 2017

It does not matter what your nationality, on St. Patrick’s Day, everyone can pretend to be a little bit Irish.  Make this year’s celebration one that your students w . . . read more

March 3, 2017

While you may not be able to predict exactly which vocabulary words will be on the tests your students will have to take, you can expand their vocabulary to help . . . read more

March 1, 2017

Break free of the dust and stale air of winter by giving your classroom a good old spring cleaning.  The tips and tricks below will make your classroom shine and . . . read more

February 27, 2017

March is the month for celebrating spring and gearing up for standardized testing.  Are your bulletin boards ready?  If you’re looking for some fun new ways to bright . . . read more

February 24, 2017

Crafts, science fun, and class rewards with a St. Patrick’s Day theme are a great way to work the holiday into your lesson plans.  The seven ideas below are fun . . . read more

February 22, 2017

Dr. Seuss, born Theodor Geisel on March 2, 1904, is one of the most revered children’s authors of all time.  His books are engaging, imaginative, colorful, and easy fo . . . read more

February 20, 2017

Start off the school day with routines and expectations that make students successful.  Whether this is your first class or you have been teaching for years, finding the . . . read more

February 17, 2017

Spring is in the air! For many schools, March and April bring higher stress levels, increased behavior concerns, and rigorous academic assessments. School staff and stude . . . read more

February 15, 2017

Every teacher has at least one in their classroom.  That one student who struggles with traditional work, but thrives when presented with creative assignments.  He is t . . . read more

February 13, 2017

One of the most valuable teaching moves we can make to help our students become more thoughtful, more self-directed learners is to build reflection activities into our in . . . read more

February 10, 2017

It was not so long ago that classrooms only had individual student desks. In fact, many teachers preferred that each child had their own space. As teaching changes, so to . . . read more

February 8, 2017

Reading is one of the most challenging subjects for students to grasp.  While some instantly take to decoding, fluency, and comprehension strategies, many others struggl . . . read more

February 6, 2017

Read Across America Day (March 2) is also Dr. Seuss’ birthday and the perfect time to have a little bit of fun by dressing up in costume.  Not only will . . . read more

February 3, 2017

Successful learning centers begin with a planning and goal setting.  Understanding what you want your students to accomplish and master in each center is essential to fi . . . read more

February 1, 2017

Are you searching for a big classroom project that students will remember for years to come?  Try this hands-on science activity from Heather, a 5th Grade teacher, in Na . . . read more

January 30, 2017

File folder games are not only fun, they’re a great way to reinforce basic skills.  They are easy to store and can cover a wide range of skills and ability . . . read more

January 27, 2017

Once a student understands a math concept, the only way for him to get better at doing it accurately is by practicing.  When state testing is looming, it is a . . . read more

January 25, 2017

If you are new to the concept of learning centers, or if you have not used them in your classroom for a few years, the thought of starting them can . . . read more

January 23, 2017

As all Really Good Teachers know, modeling helps students understand what’s being asked of them. This clever reading fluency idea by Deborah, a 2nd Grade Teacher, . . . read more

January 20, 2017

The big holidays get all of the attention, but those little obscure holidays can provide great teachable moments too.  We have gathered some of Spring’s most unusu . . . read more

January 18, 2017

While all aquariums have the potential to be fantastic educational field trips, there are some that go above and beyond in their education programs. The list below covers . . . read more

January 16, 2017

Let nursery rhymes take hold of your preschool or kindergarten class for a week this school year.  Instead of worrying about finding activities, try the ideas we have fo . . . read more

January 13, 2017

There has been a lot of discussion over keeping calendar time in the early elementary classroom, but this smart idea by Sue, a Kindergarten Teacher, in Asheville, NC expl . . . read more

January 11, 2017

Becoming pen pals with other students in neighboring elementary schools is a great class project. Some middle schools even have their lowest grades write to incoming stud . . . read more

January 9, 2017

Teaching students about balance and weight can be daunting.  Really Good Kindergarten Teacher Laine from Stephens City, Virginia shared with us how she combines literatu . . . read more

January 6, 2017

Many teachers are familiar with Reading Workshop or even Writing Workshop. Did you realize that Math Workshop in the classroom is just as easy to implement? It is a more . . . read more

January 4, 2017

Moving children from one activity to the next can be one of the most challenging aspects of teaching. Both new and veteran teachers often struggle with finding new ways t . . . read more

January 2, 2017

When it comes to organizing, some teachers are pros! They can find the perfect spot for every poster, every manipulative and every paper. For those of us who have more . . . read more

December 30, 2016

The semester before I student taught, my university had an intensive block that all education majors had to attend.  One of the assignments that changed the way I though . . . read more

December 28, 2016

The library is one of the most important parts of a classroom.  Providing students with interesting, easy-to-find choices inside your library is the key to getting stude . . . read more

December 26, 2016

I love saving little mementos from the big, and sometimes not so big, events in my family’s life.  Ticket stubs from a trip to local amusement park, a pretty pebble . . . read more

December 22, 2016

Classroom organization can be a challenge, especially in the primary grades. As a primary teacher, I tend to accumulate a lot of stuff. I have always been challenged with . . . read more

December 20, 2016

Abraham Lincoln said, “A capacity and taste for reading gives access to whatever has already been discovered by others.”  I strive each day to develop meaningful les . . . read more

December 19, 2016

Organizing your life in the new year begins with taking stock of what brings you happiness and joy.  If it doesn’t bring you joy and peace, it is clutter.  Clutte . . . read more

December 16, 2016

Really Good Teachers around the world are gearing up for the week before Winter break. If you’re stuck for ideas, check out what the teachers below do to bring a . . . read more

December 15, 2016

Maureen, a 1st Grade Teacher from Alpine, Utah, knows all about keeping her classroom clean.  She shares with us her personal experience trying to remove tape and debris . . . read more

December 13, 2016

Getting parents involved and excited about parent-teacher conferences can be challenging. They may be nervous about attending, because of their own anxieties about school . . . read more

December 12, 2016

With standardized testing coming up in the Spring, now is the perfect time to start thinking about bulletin board ideas that will reinforce some of the basic math concept . . . read more

December 9, 2016

It may only be December, but now is the perfect time to start scoping out those available continuing education classes for the summer. While the traditional big universit . . . read more

December 8, 2016

Teaching vocabulary strategies is one of the toughest jobs that teachers have. While it is critical that students expand both their reading and speaking vocabularies, it . . . read more

December 6, 2016

If you are in charge of decorating the teachers’ lounge bulletin boards at your school, you know what a daunting task it can be. Not only will all eyes be . . . read more

December 5, 2016

Behavior management is one of those areas in education where some teachers struggle and others excel. What many new teachers are never told, is that behavior management c . . . read more

December 2, 2016

Are you constantly leaving home without everything you need? Do you forget your lunch and your classroom keys on a regular basis? Don’t worry, you are not alone! In . . . read more

December 1, 2016

Sometimes finding a way to spark students’ creative writing skills can be a huge challenge. In the lower elementary grades it is important to not only provide appro . . . read more

November 29, 2016

Learning new words can be a challenging task for some students. The Really Good Teachers who shared their knowledge below know how to make learning new vocabulary fun for . . . read more

November 28, 2016

The holidays are here! Do you know what you’re buying everyone? Chances are, if you are like most of us, you still some shopping to do! If you’re stuck for . . . read more

November 25, 2016

Poetry is a great way to introduce students to different forms of writing and art.  One of the ways you can jazz up your poetry lessons is by incorporating drawing . . . read more

November 22, 2016

Reading mysteries can certainly pique students’ interests, but how do mysteries translate to everyday life in the classroom?  The three ideas below bring an element of . . . read more

November 21, 2016

A classroom environment is more than just the physical space that the class occupies.  It is the feeling of acceptance and the power of community that defines each class . . . read more

November 18, 2016

As more and more teachers strive to introduce the concept of centers in their classrooms, the nitty gritty details about what to include and where to include it can be . . . read more

November 17, 2016

When students are learning to sequence events, there is no better visual representation than a timeline. Using a visual to help students understand when things happened i . . . read more

November 15, 2016

We all have the best of intentions when it comes to writing in journals.  We encourage our students to do it daily, but sometimes we do not take the time . . . read more

November 14, 2016

Sometimes our words to a child can make all the difference in their attitude and behavior. As teachers, we know that the old saying that “sticks and stones may brea . . . read more

November 11, 2016

Time management skills can make all the difference between an organized teacher and a disorganized one.  Learning how to manage your time effectively is something that i . . . read more

November 10, 2016

Some have likened teaching kindergarten to herding cats, but I’ve come to the recent conclusion that chocolate is by far the best analogy. Thanks to the 5 year old’s . . . read more

November 8, 2016

As an early childhood teacher, you help children develop not only physically and intellectually. You also guide their social and emotional development. Social and emotion . . . read more

November 7, 2016

Teaching students mapping skills is an essential component of most State Standards, but making it practical can be a challenge. Knowing east from west and directional ski . . . read more

November 4, 2016

Teachers and parents are a collaborative team. From the start, teachers should build a strong communication and rapport with parents. One way to get parents involved and . . . read more

November 3, 2016

RTI.  Grade Level Planning. Professional Development.  Faculty Book Study.  New Math Program.  De-cluttering.  Lesson Plans.  Bus Duty. Migraine yet?  Teachers cou . . . read more

November 1, 2016

Many aspects of early childhood development are interconnected and interdependent. Gross motor development connects to fine motor development, which connects to cognitive . . . read more

October 31, 2016

Organizing any classroom can be difficult, but when you have a small classroom the task can quickly become overwhelming.  The five tips below help you tackle the task of . . . read more

October 28, 2016

Depending on where in the country you live, state history usually becomes a required topic around fourth grade. There are only so many handouts and worksheets students ca . . . read more

October 27, 2016

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, one of the best ways to introduce the meanings and traditions of this amazing holiday is through a good book. Whether taking a . . . read more

October 25, 2016

One of the many opportunities for growth students face as they transition into the classroom includes the exposure to new social paradigms. To take full advantage of thes . . . read more

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