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May 22, 2017

Helping students get ready to transition to the next grade is an important part of the end of the school year preparations.  Although there are many different ways to do . . . read more

May 19, 2017

The end of the school year  is approaching and students cannot wait until summer vacation.  Teachers finally get a break they most definitely deserve (even though they& . . . read more

May 15, 2017

Just a few more weeks to go!  Summer is just on the horizon and if you look very closely, you might even be able to see the last day of . . . read more

May 12, 2017

The end of the school year is just around the corner and kids are itching for their fun and wild summer break. Even you, as the brilliant teacher that you . . . read more

May 8, 2017

As a recent college graduate with a brand new teaching degree, this topic seems all too familiar to me.  Four long, hard years of studying, exams, and student teaching h . . . read more

May 5, 2017

To celebrate Really Good Stuff’s 25th Anniversary, we’re celebrating the amazing teachers who have made it all possible.  From May 1st through August 31, 201 . . . read more

May 4, 2017

Teachers make a difference everyday in the lives of their students. That influence and the memories of the teacher’s impact doesn’t stop when the school year . . . read more

May 3, 2017

June is fast approaching! Do you have your bulletin board planned out for the month? Whether you are looking for an inspiring end of the year bulletin board or a . . . read more

May 1, 2017

Keeping kids focused at the end of the school year can be a Herculean task. With warm weather and vacation beckoning, it’s not easy to stay on task.  Thankfully, R . . . read more

April 28, 2017

With the new school year on the horizon in a few months, anxiety is sure to be running high for soon to be students. Teachers are busy with the end . . . read more

April 26, 2017

It would be wonderful if teachers were paid what they are worth. However, as every educator knows, there is a huge discrepancy between what teachers earn and the responsi . . . read more

April 24, 2017

By the time April rolls around, not only are teachers thinking about the end of the year, but so are students.  Turning the focus back to the things that need . . . read more

April 21, 2017

The first day or so back in the classroom after a nice summer break can be overwhelming.  From organizing to planning to simply remembering where you packed everything, . . . read more

April 19, 2017

Learning the alphabet should be fun and Mary, a Pre-K Teacher, in Boston, MA has a way of doing just that.  When we asked how to best teach the alphabet . . . read more

April 17, 2017

Growth Mindset, a term coined by Carol Dweck, a Stanford University psychologist, is the idea that when people change their beliefs about their own efforts, they can bett . . . read more

April 14, 2017

It’s that time of year when the classroom centers and decorations say goodbye for yet another summer.  One of the most challenging things about packing up your cla . . . read more

April 12, 2017

Are you ready for the end of the year? Believe it or not, there are only a dozen or so weeks left of school left (depending on where you live, . . . read more

April 10, 2017

Let people know how much they are appreciated! Sometimes it is the small things that they do that enrich our lives, while other times, their help and generosity is so . . . read more

April 7, 2017

STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) is the movement designed to promote educational activities related to the sciences and math across all grade levels. . . . read more

April 5, 2017

Earth Day is a great time to break out the science and craft supplies to create up-cycled and engaging activities for the classroom. From reusing plastic bags to turning . . . read more

April 3, 2017

Start planning now for Mother’s Day with some fun and easy crafts that are perfect for the classroom.  Instead of waiting until the week before, start getting things i . . . read more

March 31, 2017

As a first year teacher, things can be a little bit overwhelming. I recently graduated college and was lucky enough to be given my very own classroom in October. However, . . . read more

March 29, 2017

There is no denying that we are living in the digital age and now, more than ever, students are exposed to images from around the world in almost real-time.  Figuring . . . read more

March 27, 2017

After you set up your writing center, you may need some ideas as to what to include for activities. Poetry is the perfect answer to your activity woes. Try some . . . read more

March 24, 2017

Spring has sprung and those winter-themed bulletin boards are a thing of the past!  Make April’s bulletin boards a testament to bright colors and engaged learning with . . . read more

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

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