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7 St. Patrick's Day Crafts and Activities for Kids
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

20 Dr. Seuss Stories Every Child Must Read
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

3 Must-Have Classroom Morning Routines
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

Taming Spring Fever in the Classroom
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

The Common Core Classroom: Why Art and Crafts Are Integral to Student Success
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

Incorporate Reflection Activities into Your Lesson Plans
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

Desks vs. Tables in the Classroom
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

Test Prep Center Ideas for Reading Comprehension
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

Dr. Seuss Costume Ideas for Teachers -
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

Learning Station Success - Tips to Make Your Learning Centers Successful
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

Bring Science to Life by Creating a Classroom Aquarium
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

File Folder Game Ideas and Resources
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

Test Prep: Make "Math On The Go Journals"
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

Elementary Math Center Ideas
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

Reading Fluency - One Sentence at a Time
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

4 Wacky Spring Holidays to Celebrate in the Classroom
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

Eight Great Aquariums
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

Nursery Rhymes in the Classroom
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

Patterning: Turn a Routine Activity into a Master Math Class
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

Adopting a Soldier as a Class Pen Pal
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

Literature-Based Measurement Learning
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

How to Implement Math Workshops
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

Smooth Transitions in the Classroom
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

Organizing Your Teaching Supplies
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

Science-on-the-Go Box
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

Setting Up the Classroom Library: 4 Steps to Get Started
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

Year in Review Jar for Home or School
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

"Must-Do" Drawers for Classroom Management
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

Vocabulary: An Inch Deep and Mile Wide Just Won't Do!
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

New Year's Focus: Organization and Clutter
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

Classroom Holiday Activities
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

Scrape Your Cares Away - How to Clean Messy Desks
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

Parent-Teacher Conference Strategies
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

Math Bulletin Board Ideas
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

10 Places to Get Professional Development Hours
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

Wonderful Words: Ideas for Building Vocabulary
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

Bulletin Board Ideas for the Teachers' Lounge or Break Room
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

The Basics of Behavior Management
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

The Key to Remembering the Things You Need to Bring for School
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

Encouraging Students' Creative Writing
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

Vocabulary Lesson Ideas for Elementary Students
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

Last Minute Gift Ideas
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

Combining Art and Poetry in the Classroom
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

Behavior Management Techniques with a Bit of Mystery
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

25 Tips for Creating a Healthy Classroom Environment
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

How to Create a Writing Work Space Center in Your Classroom
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

Lesson Ideas for Using Timelines in the Classroom
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

What to Write? 50 Journaling Prompts for Teachers
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

Showing Children How Much They Mean To You
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

Time Management Tips & Tricks
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

Kindergarten Math is Like Eating Chocolate
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

Guiding Social and Emotional Development in Early Childhood
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

Make Mapping Skills Meaningful
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

5 Ways Parents Can Volunteer Their Time
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

Math Work Stations: Make-Its and Take-Its for Students
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

Shoulder Work: Activities to Strengthen Shoulder Muscles in Children
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

5 Tips for Organizing the Tiny Classroom
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

3 Fun Ways to Teach State History
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

Thanksgiving Books for Kids
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

Building Social Studies Foundations in Preschool
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

Classroom Clean-Up Ideas -
October 24, 2016

Are classroom messes making you miserable?  Get students in on the act and straighten your classroom in no time at all.  The ideas below are teacher-tested with excelle . . . read more

Math Shape Activities for Preschoolers
October 21, 2016

One way to create a path for success in kindergarten is to begin developing a solid foundation in analytical thinking through the exploration of shapes in the prekinderga . . . read more

Everyday Social Studies Lesson Ideas
October 20, 2016

Sneak social studies and geography into your daily classroom routine with some of these teacher-tested ideas.  Whether you teach elementary or middle school, there are s . . . read more

Science Process Skills in Preschool
October 18, 2016

Preschoolers practice basic science process skills as they explore the world. These processes are the same as adult scientists use. These skills are not a step-by-step pr . . . read more

Needs Based Differentiation - Tips and Tricks for Management
October 17, 2016

Differentiation isn’t easy! Teachers often spend valuable non-school hours attempting to come up with strategies that will meet the needs of all students.  This is . . . read more

Fall Learning Fun for Kids
October 14, 2016

Throughout the fall season, educators have the opportunity to create rich learning experiences for their student’s senses. There’s a plethora of sights, sounds, smell . . . read more

How to Build a Word Wall
October 13, 2016

If you have always wanted to have a word wall in your classroom, but were not sure how to begin, we can help. Word walls or displays are a great . . . read more

Leaf Fall Fun for Preschoolers
October 11, 2016

Fall is finally here! Whether the leaves are falling in your neck of the woods of not, preschoolers are leaf lovers. Leaves are naturally engaging to young children, and . . . read more

Election Lesson Plan Ideas
October 10, 2016

What better time to teach students about the ins and outs of the election process than during a Presidential Election Year? From vocabulary to the voting process, there a . . . read more

Focus on Social Studies in Preschool
October 7, 2016

What thoughts come to mind as you think about social studies? I think about history and geography. But social studies also encompasses economics, government, culture, and . . . read more

25 Kid-Friendly Halloween Jokes - Halloween Jokes for Kids
October 6, 2016

Looking for some kid-friendly jokes to bring smiles to your children’s faces on Halloween?  Check out the 25 kid-friendly Halloween jokes below.  They are the perfect . . . read more

Fall Fun - Using Your Sense of Smell - Ideas for Preschoolers
October 4, 2016

What is it about fall that awakens our senses so much? Is it the changing colors of the leaves? The pumpkin spice coffee now available again at our favorite java . . . read more

Lesson Ideas and Activities for Halloween Candy
October 3, 2016

Has Halloween candy infiltrated your classroom yet? If it has, have no fear! There are some easy ways that you can incorporate it into your lessons. Check out these sugar . . . read more

A Tournament of Books - March Madness Reading Style!
September 30, 2016

I know virtually nothing about basketball. This isn’t something you admit when you live in the state that has produced successive NCAA women’s and men’s basketball . . . read more

Teaching Dual-Language Learners in Preschool
September 29, 2016

While all preschoolers could be considered language learners because of their developing oral language and vocabulary skills, young children who speak a language other th . . . read more

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