While it's been years since I was a new teacher, I remember the feeling like it was yesterday: panic, followed by exhaustion, followed by more panic. As if student teaching weren't hard enough, the first year for a teacher is a trial by fire.
This article provides unique rubric template that creates an easily quantifiable way to ensure that struggling students feel success while at the same time pushing successful students to achieve their potential. The Slide Rubric is an exceptional source of student motivation.
Writing prompts for first graders and tips for using them in the classroom (including information on how to create your own).
There is more to being a teacher than knowing your subject. If you want to be successful, here is some important information that will help you.
Help! I'm behind in homeschool! What can I do with these feelings of guilt over our homeschool lessons? How can we catch up after being behind?
Light up the night with these awesome glow in the dark activities and experiments. Make glowing drinks, a glowing geyser, and glow in the dark writing.
If you’re interested in teaching at a community college, you should know what they look for. The requirements vary, but there are some basics that hopeful community college professors should know.
Take a look at the A-Z of Biology. 26 of the most important terms in the field, with a brief explanation of each one. Complete with illustrations and instructional videos. Enjoy!
No longer is just teaching a concept satisfactory. Reinforcement is necessary to ensure that concepts are understood. Developing positive reinforcement techniques pay big dividends.
Teaching English as a foreign language is a difficult career. These are some common teaching mistakes that esl teachers make that often prevent their students from learning. Learn these and teach yourself to be a better teacher.
Have you upgraded to Windows 10? If so, these ten top tips are designed to help you make the most of the new features in Microsoft's latest operating system.
Every teacher knows that no matter how meticulously you plan your daily lessons, there may still be days when a few minutes remain in the period. Here is just one downtime game that you can use to foster observation and critical thinking skills, as well as a bit of entertainment for you and your students!
Word games are great for increasing kids' vocabularies. Here are four choices for improving vocabulary: Apples to Apples, Scrabble, Word Up, and Balderdash. A useful article for teachers and parents.
Teaching old dogs new tricks requires some patience, and an understanding of the difficulties that senior students face. Classes for seniors are also very rewarding - both for the teacher and the students!
Well-known, popular short short stories. Perfect for high school or middle school students, or anyone who loves reading.
Special education pertains to a very vulnerable sector of the school population. It should also include their parents. So how can parents get more involved in their special needs child's education?
There are several fun classroom activities that will get children interested in growing plants and finding out more about them. Some of these activities were what first captured my imagination as a child, and are the reason I still love growing plants to this day. I hope this Hub will give any teachers or parents, reading it, some good ideas they can try out on their pupils or children. I promise you the kids love it.
Here are eight ways to incorporate student culture into lessons to promote engagement in the classroom.
Th could be hard or soft. It could also be initial, medial or final. But for young kids; you only teach the simple topics so as not to confuse and bore them.
Helping a friend through the struggle of regaining self-esteem after failing an exam can be a daunting task. Success can be difficult and regaining the strength to persevere after failure can be hard. A number of strategies are provided which are helpful when you have a friend in need after exam failure.
According to Anthony Clifford Grayling (1998) philosophy is the study of such fundamental problems as existence, reason, knowledge and mind among others.
This is a lesson plan in English with the objective of using the degrees of comparison of regular and irregular adjectives. It is intended as a resource plan for those who are teaching English or those who are preparing for a demonstration teaching.
Are study skills important for success in school? Is success in school essential for success in life? And where does thinking come into all of this? These are important questions for teachers to ask.
Everything you need to plan a field trip for your class. Practical ways to ensure your trip is a success.
Recently I had an interview for an online teaching job, and here are some of the questions I was asked. Increasingly, whether you've been training in distance ed or not, if you're a teacher, you may find yourself having to know more and more about how to facilitate e-learning
Get the help and support you need to lead your students on a variety of amazing virtual field trips with Google Expeditions for iOS and Android devices.
Need tips about how to be a successful substitute teacher? Learn tips and ideas that will help you on your way to be an A+ substitute teacher.
Here are the top ten pranks to pull on students. A great guide to make sure you stay out on top of your students and don't let them get the upper hand!
A light-hearted and simplified review of the educational development theories of Vygotsky, Erikson, and Paiget.
What is the best way to write an effective lesson plan? How can you reduce time spent on lesson planning? Actually, there is no one answer to either of these questions, but this hub aims to give you some advice...
This article is based on my experiences as a floating teacher and offers suggestions on how administrators can better equip floaters for success.
Are you a teacher looking for proven strategies to get your students focussed on learning? Here I present five reliable teaching methods that you can easily integrate into your classroom.
Find a few tips on how to teach Roman numerals to children, along with some reasons why teaching Roman numerals to young children is a great idea. You will also find a refresher on Roman numerals.
With the implementation of the Common Core Standards, you may be facing the prospect of teaching Shakespeare for the first time. Here are some exciting ideas for making it fun!
Learn how versatile your iPad can be when you use an iPad document camera stand to enhance teaching and learning in your classroom.
In a flipped classroom, students watch video lectures in the evening and perform enrichment activities during class time. The system may improve learning.
Do you know what does it take to become a great teacher? Find out the characteristics and qualities of a good teacher.
Introducing a Shakespeare to a group of teenagers or children can be a bit intimidating. Will they be put off by the archaic language and different setting? What resources should you use? One resource that is good to include is a movie. This article will help you decide how to use the movie most effectively as you teach Shakespeare.
Is your classroom ready to go paperless? With Office 365 Education you can do just that. Learn how to collect and grade digital assignments at school with Microsoft Office apps.
This hub details real world teaching skills for all teachers working in schools. It includes information about conferences, planning, co-worker relationships, and more.
These formative assessment tools help teachers keep track of student achievement and inform future planning. They are free, easy to learn, and can be used on any device.
Discover the key elements of any lesson plan and how streamlined lesson plans can reduce the amount of time you spend planning and improve your students' classroom experience.
Easy and fun experiments with eggs. Grab a carton of eggs and try some egg-tremely cool science experiments like egg in a bottle and rubber eggs.
The key to successful classroom instruction is to become an organized teacher. Planning and preparation leads to a better school learning environment for the teacher and student.
This guide will teach you how to make a simple yet powerful equatorial sundial using household materials step by step with photos. By the end of this, you will have a very impressive and fully functional sundial!
I can’t believe it’s been a year since I wrote my first article about home-schooling. My youngest son is now in the 5th grade, and I am still on the home-schooling train. Here are lessons learned.
There are a few new additions in the edTPA lesson plans that may be a bit confusing. This article will explain two of them: the Central Focus and Academic Language sections
In this article, I conduct a depth of processing experiment that helps us to discover how we interact with information.
What is the best thing about being a teacher? No, it's not the summer holidays, although those are definitely a good benefit. Light bulb moments, relationships and the ability to learn every day, and more. These are the ten best things about being a teacher. The great things about teaching are not related to money or selfish pursuits.
Bio Poems are a wonderful tool in reading and writing comprehension. They are flexible and can be used in a variety of ways.
Understanding the power of electricity we humans harness is necessary for the wise use and creation of this valuable resource. Many powerplants around the globe produce this resource for the massive consumption now experienced but often at great cost to the environment. Hopefully, a number of the young minds now exploring the basics of electricity will be the ones to develop technology that provides a clean, safe form of this resource humans value and consume so much.
A pre and post test is a necessary teacher diagnostic tool for measuring the learning of EFL and other students. Teachers must remember to use this as a diagnostic instrument for improving learning.
Does a with-it teacher wear cool clothes and listen to the latest pop song hits? No. A with-it teacher is a teacher who is in control of his or her classroom and can deal with disruptive behavior without neglecting the rest of the class. Interested in developing with-it-ness? Discover these guidelines for becoming a with-it teacher.
Many teachers experience frustration with English language learners in their classrooms. Here are five easy strategies you can begin to use immediately to help your ELLs succeed!
If you are looking for a great project for your students to create for Black History Month, look no further. This project is complete with ideas and a rubric for grading.
Ideas to inspire the creation of bulletin boards and wall decorations for the high school English classroom.
This list will contain the context of my favorite British Novels (and one play!) that I taught my British Literature students over the years.
One of the beauties of the English language is the diversity of the vocabulary available to it's users. It is also one of the things that can make English hard to get to grips with. Misused vocabulary can make even the most fluent speakers seem...
A resource for teachers. Some great ideas for activities to do before you go on a field trip, to prepare your students.
What better way to create unity in the classroom than with a cooking lesson about friendship! The Friendship Salad Lesson Plan is a great activity for a new class!
Comics for Shakespeare? It may sound far-fetched but graphic novels are a great way to introduce the Bard to visually oriented teens. Practical strategies and resource ideas.
Teachers, parents and adult educators can use this page as a useful guide for kids to learn some fun Irish facts and information. Discover more about this island, too, for St. Patrick's Day.
It is always a challenge to discipline students as a Substitute Teacher. Using your training, common sense and these suggestions will help ensure that your day substituting in the classroom will be a successful one.
An experienced teacher shares the pros and cons of a career in education. Helpful for anyone who is interested in becoming a teacher.
Are your creative writing classes feeling a little dull? Does your students' writing need more imagination and skill? Try some of these lesson plans to spice things up!
Science is all around us. The natural classroom can be used for all manner of lessons such as forces, properties of materials, ecosystems, weathering and weather patterns. This hub explains some of the detail in planning an out of lesson activity and links to some premade lessons to inspire you.
Have a neodymium magnet? Here are a few cool things you can do with magnets that are fun and really inexpensive. Create metallic sculptures, pull iron our of your cereal, or play with ferrofluids!
Analysis of the professional boundaries that can exist between the teaching role and other professionals including an understanding of when to refer.
Taking classes in education—and even practicum experience—won't prepare you for everything you encounter your first year of teaching.
Playing games about the periodic table of elements can be not only educational but also great fun. Games can help students learn both in school and at home.
With teacher performance pay, teacher salaries are greatly based on their students' standardized test scores. Here's why teacher performance pay is ineffective.
Need a getting started guide for Google Classroom? Help and support is on hand in this step-by-step tutorial for Google's new online learning platform for schools.
A hands-on middle school lesson plan teaching evolution with a focus on mutations and their role in natural selection.
Bad kids are just bad, right? Wrong. In fact, there are a variety of teacher-caused misbehaviors. Are you unintentionally encouraging your students to act up? Find out here!
In the world of special education there are several terms one must know and understand. And nearly all of them are acronyms commonly used as jargon among special educators.
A consistent and clear late submission policy can improve classroom morale, prevent arguments, and make dealing with the regular piles of marking much less stressful. If your school or co-teachers do not have a late work policy, make your teaching life easier - develop your own.
Randomization techniques and strategies are a great way to keep all of your students focused and engaged in the topics you are covering in class. Randomization techniques in the classroom also improve content retention and classroom camaraderie. Includes a video with the author sharing the various teaching methods and strategies described in the article.
That little mark, so like the apostrophe in its looks causes some writers to NEVER use it. But, we need Mister Comma and he's here to tell you all about his wonderful job description - from the and's and the but's to the strange intricate sentences that change meanings without him. Mister Comma insists that you "don't be stupid".
What does the research say about good tutoring techniques? And how can you be an effective tutor by putting these principles into practice?
In this article, I outline survival tips for first year special education teachers. My survival guide includes advice about planning, IEPs, networking, prioritizing, and more with lots of resources.
New teachers need guidance to learn the ropes of their profession. This primer will do anything but that.
Effective written communication is an integral part of science education—learn some new ways to amalgamate writing and science lessons in order to strengthen students' writing and thinking skills.
Upon starting teaching in Thailand, I never realized that I would become more of a policeman than a teacher in the classroom. This hub examines discipline problems in classrooms from a foreign view.
This is a first and second grade writing lesson plan focusing on creating summaries. The lesson plan also includes word work with homophones.
If you are a teacher, you have had to deal with a disruptive class. Here are tips for dealing with that disruptive class in order to calm the class and save your sanity.
10 reasons to grow a beard if you are teaching English in China and how having a beard effects your job as a foreign English teacher.
Competition allows students to exploit their real capabilities and maximize their true potential. It is most productive when it occurs among students of similar abilities.
Grading writing assignments is one of the more time consuming and thankless tasks of teaching. These tips and techniques will help you power through your piles of papers faster!
Teaching Propose a Solution or problem essay? Try my teaching plans with links to resources for you and your students.
With effective strategies, students can leave our classroom with an enriched vocabulary bank every single day. Here are 6 practical strategies any teacher can use to expand her students' vocabulary.
Investigating current electricity is a great hands on experience for kids to grasp the basic concepts of a resource so important to their daily lives. A circuit board makes the experience less frustrating and so much easier to demonstrate. With this circuit board it is possible to demonstrate series, parallel and a combination of both these circuits clearly and easily.
Many teens are not sufficiently engaged in learning activities, or the wider school environment. Reality Therapy encourages behaviors that can improve teens' effort and motivation in school.
Calling parents: If you’re a teacher about make a difficult phone call to a parent, there are several things you can do to make sure all goes smoothly. These are suggestions I myself have used as a middle school teacher.
Great teachers bring happiness to their students. Alexander the Great said, “I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well”.
Ice breakers are designed to help students get to know one another or introduce topics in a classroom. They help set the environment for positive learning.
If you want students to write, you'll need to give them a prompt. Short on ideas? Try these persuasive writing tasks to get their pens flowing.
Having a TESOL or TEFL certificate is a big advantage when seeking a teaching job abroad. Let me explain these certifications and how you can benefit from them.
School extracurricular activities are an excellent vehicle for teaching moral values to our youth. Love and compassion, cooperation and teamwork, justice and honesty, and respect are taught.
Children are so interesting that it's easy to get distracted. This sample paper covers the questions you should be asking yourself before beginning your observation to keep you on track.
Learn how to make glow in the dark bubbles, frozen bubbles, square bubbles, how to light bubbles on fire, and even how to hold bubbles in your hands.
Experiential Learning is a model and theory of learning which has implications for individuals and society. This Hub explores some of these.
This lesson plan helps elementary students practice measurement skills using a fun, hands-on activity.
Summarizing and paraphrasing are important everyday skills, that make studying and working much easier. These skills can be learned and improved upon with a little practice.
Frogs are fascinating creatures for young children. They make excellent specimens for the live study of life cycles or metamorphosis as the young are quite easy to raise to adulthood. How many young boys (and girls too) have revelled in the adventure of frogging at a nearby pond or water body. I am sure there are far less who have had this experience compared to the older generation. As well, many students will again encounter these creatures in the high school laboratory.
CNN10 is a great resource for learning current events. Here are five ways you can use it to incorporate current events into your high school social studies class on a regular basis.
A teaching strategy for empowering school kids to create and present a short story in their own words with their own ideas, but they don't write a thing.
Five strategies for teaching reading skills to 4th through 6th graders which not only adheres to Common Core State Standards, but also enhances the reading experience for different types of learners.