How to Help Elementary Students (Re)Focus

During the course of an elementary school day, concentrated little balls of energy begin to form behind the desks in your classroom. It may start with a few legs bouncing up and down, pencils tapping on desks, deep yawns that lead to deeps stretches, and the dreaded full-body, back-and-forth rock. If you’re a teacher in an elementary school classroom, you probably have at least one student at any given time who needs to expend some of the energy that builds up from sitting at a desk. But how?

3 Resources to Help Celebrate Pride Month in the Classroom

June marks LGBT Pride Month, offering teachers a great opportunity to raise awareness around LGBT issues and help make their school a safer place for all students. Whether you’re looking for an LGBT-inclusive reading list or innovative ways to integrate LGBT themes and history into your lessons, these three resources will help you kick off Pride Month.

Rainbow Book List

The 2016 Rainbow Book List boasts 40 LGBT-inclusive books ranging from picture books to graphic novels, both fiction and nonfiction. Compiled by the American Library Association, the Rainbow Book List will help you and your students find books with significant LGBT content and themes to build awareness and foster inclusion.

Timing is Everything: Incorporating Humor in the Classroom

When it comes to being an effective teacher, humor is a good tool to have at your disposal. A funny quip or a light-hearted joke can make all the difference in keeping—or regaining—the attention of your class during a lengthy lesson. And there’s nothing like sharing a few laughs with your students to help develop a trusting bond.

3 Ways to Sustain a Culture of Positivity in the Classroom

Positivity

Teachers are some of the most positive people in the world—they have to be if they want to be an encouraging force in young people’s lives. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that a teacher’s attitude will fuel his or her students’ positive actions and be the foundation for creating a culture of positivity in the classroom.

Sometimes that culture isn’t easy to maintain, especially at the end of the school year. With summer vacation in sight, the anticipation of what’s to come may derail your intentions.

4 Ways to Launch a Computer Science Curriculum

4 Ways to Launch a Computer Science Curriculum

In a world that’s constantly changing, the realm of education is changing with it. In light of Obama’s Computer Science for All initiative, CS is a hot topic for educators in the U.S. and few are taking it on at the same pace.

Whether you’re blazing the trail in your community or just starting to think about introducing a computer science curriculum to your school, here are four easy ways CS education can get a start and live in your classroom.

Encourage Real Life Connections (Social Emotional Learning)

Free One-Year License for Study.com

Free One-Year License for Study.com

There were plenty of times when I was a high school teacher (go, physics!) when I needed a quick review of a topic that I was scheduled to teach in an upcoming lesson. I usually turned to my old college physics textbooks, but recently I learned about Study.com. It’s a useful resource that could not only make content refreshers interesting and convenient, but also could serve as a learning tool for students.

7 Free Online Classes to Take This Summer

7 online classes to take this summer

You probably weren’t thinking of starting your summer vacation off in the classroom! But when you can learn cutting-edge teaching strategies and techniques while sipping a latte at your favorite coffee shop or at home cozied up in bed, we thought we should at least mention it.

Whether you’re interested in learning about new teaching strategies or wanting to become better organized, these free online courses offer new, exciting ways to think about engagement in the classroom.

Art and Inquiry: Museum Teaching Strategies For Your Classroom

6 Tips for Staying Organized in Your Classroom

6 tips for staying organized in the classroom

The classroom is a place where students should easily be able to learn without interruptions. Organize the classroom in a way that is fun and functional. You don’t want it to be an area where students have to climb over desks or search to find the books that they need. Everything should be presented in a manner that is easy to locate for both you and the students.