Teaching Diverse Learners: Best Practices
Do students with moderate cognitive disabilities comprehend grade-level material better when it is read aloud or when they independently read material that is presented at their individualized reading level? I attempt to provide insight into this question through my own Action Research.
How to Accommodate Students as a Sped Teacher
All students require tools and strategies to succeed. Accommodations provide students with a way to utilize their learning strategies so that they can utilize them as strengths. The trick is knowing what accommodations to provide and why. Here's what you need to know as a Sped teacher.
Why Does School Fail to Help Children Enjoy Reading Books?
A personal view on the teaching of literature at schools and some ideas to help students get more involved.
Does Your Child's Workspace Promote Virtual Learning?
If you're anything like me, your kids are probably doing home from school right now (at least, part-time). Working from home can be difficult for kids that are used to going to school. This article shares some ideas for creating a functional, comfortable workspace for your child's virtual learning.
Teaching Your Third Grader to Write an Opinion Essay
Teaching kids to write can be difficult. This article provides directions for teaching third-grade students how to write an opinion essay. Opinion essays are a staple of writing for kids. Kids need to learn how to share their opinions with others!
14 Interview Questions to Ask a Tutor or Teacher
Choosing the right tutor or teacher will help your children excel at learning. Hiring the wrong teacher could set your student back significantly! Knowing what to ask in an initial interview is key to hiring the right candidate. This article suggests some questions to ask during the interview.
Teaching From Home: Distance Learning and Its Effect on Education
An unprecedented school year has ended. Now, it's time to review and reflect on a year marked by school closure and distance learning. What went wrong? And what went right? Fourth on series entitled "Diary of a Virus."
Psychological Tips Teachers to Benefit Teachers
Being a teacher is an exercise of the mind. You have to be in the right headspace to teach, and your kids must be in the headspace to learn. This guide will provide a number of psychological tips to help teachers improve the kinds of learning environments they cultivate for their students.
5 Effective Ways to Create an Inclusive School for English Learners
Inclusive schools don't come about by chance. Schools that offer their English language learners an environment of inclusion have taken specific steps to bring this about, whether they realize it or not. Here are 5 effective ways to create an inclusive school to help ELLs thrive.
3 Powerful Ways to Create a Positive Classroom for English Learners
I can never forget the "deer in headlights" look on an ELL's face his first day of school. It's a glazed expression, filled with anxiety and fear of the unknown. Offering our English learners a positive classroom environment is a significant way to alleviate their stress and help them succeed.
10 Successful Ways to Involve Parents of English Learners in School
Research shows that when parents are actively involved in their children's education, students are more likely to experience academic success. Here are 10 effective strategies to help integrate the parents of English language learners into our schools.
Inclusion in Education: What Works and How Could It Be Improved?
A reflection upon methods of inclusion which have been directly observed in the classroom by the author, comments on the possible effectiveness of said methods and, where possible, suggestions on how said methods may be improved or expanded upon.
Effective Pedagogy in Science in the Broad General Education Secondary Phase of the Scottish Education System
A critical review of key theoretical literature on effective pedagogy in science in the Broad General Education Secondary phase of the Scottish education system. This article also considers the opportunities and challenges that these approaches may present to a newly beginning teacher.
How to Use Dialogue Circles to Foster Inclusion in Your Classroom
Community circles are for students to share and listen to each other's thoughts, feelings and ideas. They're a way to foster inclusion, regardless of cultural backgrounds and life experiences. Here are sample discussion topics and strategies for teachers to create an effective dialogue.
Word Stimulation: Definition, Examples and Benefits
Promoting speaking, reading and discussion is important to aid life skills, memory skills, social skills, self-confidence and education. This is aimed at helping others to learn words, put them into context and promote confidence in doing so.
Lesson Plan on Electric Power for Children With Visual Impairments
This article contains a lesson about electricity along with activities for students with visual impairments. This lesson can be modified for students with other disabilities as well.
Formative vs Summative Assessment in the Classroom: A Guide
A guide for teachers, probationers and student teachers on the key aspects of formative and summative assessment, and how both can be achieved and used to inform practice within the classroom setting.
Homeschooling Tips: 10 Fun Indoor Activities for Kids & Adults
Looking for some fun indoor activities for kids? This article highlights 10 ideas for parents who are homeschooling their children. Plus, even adults can play the games too!
Old-School Classroom Practices That Are Still Effective Today
This article discusses traditional classroom procedures that are still effective today.
4 Things You Should Know Before Enrolling Your Child in Connections Academy
If you're thinking of enrolling your child into Connections Academy, here are four important things you should consider.
How to Make a Homeschool High School Transcript
Need a homeschool transcript or wondering what a homeschool transcript looks like but don't know where to begin? I've got you covered. Here's how to create a homeschool high school transcript, step-by-step with pictures.
Environment Assessment: Purposes and Recommendations for Students With Low Vision
This article explains environment assessments for students with low vision as related to the IEP.
The Most Common Mistakes Students Make When Writing
This article addresses the most common mistakes students make when writing in English. It discusses the conventions of punctuation, sentence structure, subject-verb agreement, pronoun-antecedent agreement, and other issues found in novice writing.
3 Good Reasons Why Classroom Sharing Doesn't Work in Public Education
Classroom sharing has become the norm in many public schools across the U.S. Here are 3 good reasons why this approach is ineffective. Written by somebody who shared her classroom for several years.
5 Good Reasons Why Co-Teaching Doesn't Work in Public Education
Co-teaching has become increasingly popular in U.S. public schools. Here are five reasons it doesn’t work and is a huge waste of resources. Written by somebody who co-taught for several years.
5 Ways Administrators Can Support Teachers at the Beginning of the School Year
Here are five significant yet simple ways administrators can support teachers before they even step into the building in the fall. Teachers will be empowered and equipped for a successful school year. In fact, they may never want to leave their school!
13 Tips to Motivate Students in the Classroom
A teacher cannot be successful unless they know how to motivate a student. In fact, without motivating your student, you will not be able to fulfill your sole responsibility as a teacher. Here are the 13 tips to motivate students in the classroom.
Why Are Some Teachers so Successful?
Some teachers seem to possess a natural ability to educate their students, and then with others, it seems more like a "tug of war." Do these successful teachers incorporate a "secret weapon," or is it a technique everyone can obtain?
How to Teach Your Students English Through Popular Songs
Analyzing music is an effective and fun way to teach English vocabulary, idioms, and figurative language! English language learners are usually highly motivated to learn the lyrics of music they recognize and like.
Teaching Reading Fluency to Students in Grades 4 to 6
This article covers instruction in teaching intermediate-grade elementary children how to be proficient in applying the English language arts.
Biology for Kids: Respiration and Enzymes
To understand how the structures and functions of living organisms work, you must study the process of respiration and the action of enzymes. This article explains this vital aspect of biology with clear, concise text accompanied by diagrams, illustrations, and videos.
Facilitating Literature Discussions in the English Classroom
Sometimes the most difficult part of teaching literature is learning how to facilitate student discussions. This article outlines some activities and tips on how to make meaningful, engaging discussions in the English classroom.
The Benefits of Literature Circles in the High School Classroom
Teaching literature to high school students can be difficult, but using literature circles, a proven successful teaching strategy, can help.
How to Make Good Decisions
In order to make good decisions, people need to know how to think. They are not born with this skill, so those who don't develop it have more problems than those who do. This article provides the basics that will teach people how to think and analyze situations so that they make good choices.
10 Reasons Why You Should Consider Becoming a Substitute Teacher
Are you considering becoming a substitute teacher? From a flexible schedule to benefit eligibility, here are 10 reasons why you should consider this career opportunity.
3 Things Schools Should Really Be Teaching Their Students
A discussion about three things all people should learn during their school years, but rarely do.