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.
No longer is just teaching a concept satisfactory. Reinforcement is necessary to ensure that concepts are understood. Developing positive reinforcement techniques pay big dividends.
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.
Oobleck is a fun material made of cornstarch and water. It changes from a liquid to a solid when a force is applied and turns back into a liquid when the force is removed.
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.
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.
The main differences between teaching as an ALT at a Japanese school and teaching at a Japanese conversation school, and which one is right for you.
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.
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.
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 plenty of great descriptions in J.K. Rowling's and J.R.R. Tolkien's novels. Have a read and see what you think. You may attempt to emulate these descriptions to improve your writing, or just have a good read.
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.
Bertha Vazquez is a middle school teacher with a passion for teaching evolution. In 2015, she founded “The Institute for Evolutionary Science” with the support of the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science to help middle school teachers master the subject and inspire their students.
With ongoing state budget cuts in public education across the U.S., more school districts are utilizing floating teachers. How should adminstrators decide which teachers will be floaters in their school?
If you're thinking of enrolling your child into Connections Academy, here are four important things you should consider.
Taking classes in education—and even practicum experience—won't prepare you for everything you encounter your first year of teaching.
Need help with a College English Syllabus? See this sample for ideas you can copy. Includes Syllabus quiz.
Being a floating teacher can be very challenging. This article is based on my experiences as a floating teacher and offers suggestions on how administrators can better equip floaters for success.
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!
Teaching English as a foreign language online may seem easy, but like any freelancing gig, it has its pros and cons. Make sure you're aware of the downsides before applying to online English companies.
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.
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!
Lack of vocabulary holds English language learners back. Here are 8 effective and easy strategies to enable English language students to leave your classroom with an enriched vocabulary bank every day.
How to create a teaching portfolio in five basic steps: 1. Gather potential items. 2. Select the best examples. 3. Prepare all artifacts. 4. Organize 5. Edit. Detailed directions for each step, with tips and hints for a success.
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 gives a detailed explanation of this vital aspect of biology with clear, concise text accompanied by diagrams, illustrations, and videos.
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.
This hub will help you improve reading comprehension with the simple application of a couple techniques. These techniques can be applied to yourself, your students, employees and children.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
One of the greatest gifts we can give our students is to instill in them a strong sense of confidence. In doing this, we enable them to be higher achievers. Here are 10 simple strategies you can use in the classroom to boost your students' confidence.
Inclusive practice is a necessity for 21st-century classrooms. Inclusive education is not a detriment to academia. Rather, inclusion not only benefits the students with special needs on a social level, but also benefits general education students as well. Soon, this will be common practice for all.
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!
Here are eight ways to incorporate student culture into lessons to promote engagement in the classroom.
New teachers need guidance to learn the ropes of their profession. This primer will do anything but that.
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".
Here are 5 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!
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.
Are you considering becoming a substitute teacher? Here are 10 reasons why you should consider this career opportunity.
Research has suggested that the best teaching takes into consideration children’s general developmental, cognitive, and social characteristics. In addition,effective literacy curriculum includes the integration of children’s interests, cultures, families, and the communities in which they live.
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.
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.
An experienced teacher shares the pros and cons of a career in education. Anyone who is interested in becoming a teacher should read this helpful article.
A good teaching portfolio is a collection of items that are carefully selected to demonstrate mastery of educational skills. The teaching portfolio is an ever-evolving showcase that can open doors to a great teaching career.
Writing prompts for first graders and tips for using them in the classroom (including information on how to create your own).
Substitute teaching can be an excellent way of gaining experience and earning a living, but is it right for you? You may want to consider becoming a substitute teacher if you are an aspiring classroom teacher or even if you have no experience teaching.
Experiential Learning is a model and theory of learning which has implications for individuals and society. This Hub explores some of these.
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...
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.
Learn how versatile your iPad can be when you use an iPad document camera stand to enhance teaching and learning in your classroom.
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.
With teaching experience and turning to online resources, I discovered many avenues to explore sharing my skills and love of 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.
This article features a lesson with activities on time management and independent living for children with vision loss and other disabilities.
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!
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.
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.
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.
World of wonder fun science facts that every child should know! Covering space, nature, technology, engineering, elementary math, chemistry, physics and biology.
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.
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.
Here's a tutorial on how to make a simple flannel story board yourself to use for your classroom, Sunday school or your homeschool!
This article features an analysis of "Richard Cory" that shows how Robinson spoke to the human condition of placing the wealthy on an unrealistic pedestal. It also includes some Common Core lesson plan ideas for this relevant, shocking poem.
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.
The Internet has some wonderful science games websites for children. Playing a game can be great fun as well as an excellent way to learn about science.
Find out how to make the most of your teaching and tutoring skills online, or learn more about how to find the right English education program for your needs.
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.
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!
Teachers can help to guide the moral development of their students by using Kohlberg's six stage theory of moral development and applying it to their own teaching methods.
Good handwriting is still an important skill. Whether it is you or your children who need to improve your penmanship, use this guide to learn dozens of activities and lessons that will allow you to write in a beautiful hand.
Should small animals be kept in a classroom to teach school-aged children about pet care and responsible guardianship? Explore the pros and cons of keeping small animals in an educational setting.
Teaching Propose a Solution or problem essay? Try my teaching plans with links to resources for you and your students.
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!
One reason students don't do well on exams is because they don't have effective study habits. This is how teachers can assist in the process.
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”.
This is a guide meant to offer some help and insight to those considering teaching in Thailand. This guide is geared towards non-native speakers but some of the information can be of use to native speakers too.
In this Capsim simulation, you'll find an explanation of the marketing module's promotion and sales budgets.
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.
New teachers are not only responsible for the expertise in their chosen field of study, they are also hit with a myriad of unexpected hurdles not addressed in teaching universities and programs across the country. This experienced teacher addresses a few of them in this five-point article.
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!
With teacher performance pay, teacher salaries are greatly infuenced by students' standardized test scores. Here are 10 reasons teacher merit pay is ineffective in public education.
Whether you are a first-year teacher or a veteran teacher, the most important thing you must do on the first day of school is let students know your expectations through the class rules.
This hub details real world teaching skills for all teachers working in schools. It includes information about conferences, planning, co-worker relationships, and more.
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.
Future education will incorporate wireless connections, social media, e-paper and e-books, and online classrooms. Teachers must integrate these technologies to engage their students. As pedagogy evolves, teachers must keep up with the fast-paced changes of a generation born online.
Everything you need to plan a field trip for your class. Practical ways to ensure your trip is a success.
A teacher portfolio should include a cover, table of contents, resume, teaching philosophy,and three letters of recommendation. Beyond these basic requirements, a teaching portfolio should include 10-15 different examples that help illustrate your teaching skills.
This list will contain the context of my favorite British Novels (and one play!) that I taught my British Literature students over the years.
Whether you are an education student or a teacher seeking a job, crafting your philosophy of teaching statement is an opportunity for personal growth and development. Learn what to include in your statement and what to avoid by following this template and reading a poor example and a good example of a philosophy of teaching statement.
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.
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.
Using YouTube in the classroom is increasingly common, but it's not without problems. Learn to make YouTube safer, less distracting, and more appropriate for schools.
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.
A step by step guide to beginning the portfolio process. How to collect items for a teacher portfolio, what to include, and how to engage in the process of reflective practice.
Are you going to be absent from school for a day? Learn how to prepare for when you need a substitute teacher.
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.
Analysis of the professional boundaries that can exist between the teaching role and other professionals including an understanding of when to refer.
In order to know whether your students have fully comprehended the lesson taught there must be a vehicle in place to measure their understanding.
This is a first and second grade writing lesson plan focusing on creating summaries. The lesson plan also includes word work with homophones.
There are some teachers who 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?
There are many scholarly articles that will explain to you what all the statistical analyses surrounding exam item efficacy are but few or none that take you through the meaning of real results from testing on actual exam papers. This article runs through actual results.
Digital media and the internet have changed how education takes place. With these new inventions, there have been many benefits, however it has also begun to create problems as well.
Teachers who work with pupils who are identified as "exceptional" may wonder about whether their methods are reaching these students. How do I prepare myself to teach them?
Classroom sharing has become increasingly popular in public education across the U.S. Here are 3 reasons why this approach is ineffective in schools. Written by somebody who shared her classroom for several years.
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.
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.
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.
Ideas to inspire the creation of bulletin boards and wall decorations for the high school English classroom.
Understanding the way we process knowledge is crucial for making the right decisions regarding education. The theory of multiple intelligences is a good start.
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.
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.
This lesson plan helps elementary students practice measurement skills using a fun, hands-on activity.
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.
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
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.
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.
A hands-on middle school lesson plan teaching evolution with a focus on mutations and their role in natural selection.
A teacher cannot be a successful teacher unless s/he knows 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.
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.
A resource for teachers. Some great ideas for activities to do before you go on a field trip, to prepare your students.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
The aim of this research is to analyze teacher’s point of view towards using the visual aids like projectors, animation videos, films and videos for enhancing the literary skills of students
According to Anthony Clifford Grayling (1998) philosophy is the study of such fundamental problems as existence, reason, knowledge and mind among others.
Before you commit to homeschooling consider these three important questions: Is it best for your child, are you prepared to put in the time necessary to be successful and, can you afford it? Having solid answers to these questions will help your homeschooling dream become reality.
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.
What can prevent a child from learning in school? It turns out that factor within and outside the school environment can play a crucial role.
In a flipped classroom, students watch video lectures in the evening and perform enrichment activities during class time. The system may improve learning but has pros and cons.
An effective and fun way to teach English vocabulary, idioms, and figurative language is through songs! English language learners are usually highly motivated to learn the lyrics of music they recognize and like.
Bio Poems are a wonderful tool in reading and writing comprehension. They are flexible and can be used in a variety of ways.
What does the research say about good tutoring techniques? And how can you be an effective tutor by putting these principles into practice?
Co-teaching has become increasingly popular in U.S. public schools, but is highly ineffective. Here are 5 reasons it doesn’t work and is a huge waste of resources. Written by somebody who co-taught for several years.
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.
The skills and benefits you gain from studying history are immense. Students have a lot to gain from increasing their knowledge and understanding of history.
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!
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Oral Review can be a versatile and effective teaching/learning technique. Students retain more of what they learn through repetition and review.
Teaching literature to high school students can be difficult, but using literature circles, a proven successful teaching strategy, can help.
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.
Substitute teaching can be challenging, especially when you are first starting out. These tips will help you to become a more effective substitute teacher!
DNA may be complicated, but it can still be understood by all. Look at some analogies, diagrams and science behind the molecule of life, DNA
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.
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...
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.
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.
In this article, I conduct a depth of processing experiment that helps us to discover how we interact with information.
This article covers teaching the meanings of words or vocabulary to students in grades 4 to 6 within a content literacy program.
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
This article covers instruction in teaching intermediate grade elementary children how to be proficient in applying the English language arts.
Being a new teacher is hard and overwhelming—you will need all of the help you can get! The best resources that will save you are Newsela, CommonLit, Actively Learn, Quizlet Live, Kahoot, Canvas, and Graphic Organizers.
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!
Teaching can be a rewarding job, but not a lot of people know the real pros and cons of such a high stress job.
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.
The exceptional learner needs an exceptional instructor! Teaching the "one size fits all" method may be less complicated but it will not address the unique needs of the exceptional student.
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.
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.