Why You Should Study Your Students

Why You Should Study Your Students What if teachers studied their students with the same intensity as CIA agents or potential employers? Here are four reasons why it’s important to study our students.

Hairdressers, lawyers, major corporations, and CIA agents all do it. They study their clients with the same methodical intensity required of a college organic chemistry or fine arts class.

Teachers can learn a lot from these strategies. Hairdressers keep folders on file with their clients’ interests. One high-profile lawyer connects with her clients by listening to country music, taking public transportation, and watching hit television shows. Businesses give employees personality tests to determine their potential to thrive at a company.

How to Stretch Your Classroom Budget

How to Stretch Your Classroom Budget -- 5 tips to stretch your classroom budget so your students get the supplies they need and you don’t break the bank.

It’s a struggle to cover all of your classroom supply needs as school budgets continue to dwindle. Teachers spend roughly $500 out of pocket on supplies for the classroom. Yikes! Here are five ways to stretch your classroom budget so your students get the supplies they need, and you don’t break the bank.

  1. Check social media.

Facebook is your friend.There are tons of groups and communities you can join where supplies are offered at discounted prices. Post in these groups to find what you need, or create a Facebook group for your friends and family and ask for donations to your classroom.

7 Ways to Improve Classroom Culture

7 ways to improve class culture

Classroom culture is a make or break for student achievement and teacher sanity. To improve my classroom, I tried every idea that I could find. I threw out some of the ideas after one day: for example, to address student restlessness and misbehavior at the end of class, a very strong teacher recommended that I bring my students outside to finish classwork. This may work for some teachers, but I found my management techniques weren’t as effective with my 32 students spread out over the large park outside the school. This technique made it on my “a really good idea…but” list.

7 Resources to Prevent Bullying and Support Student Mental Health

7 resources to prevent bullying and support student mental health

Anyone can recall a time when they felt like an outcast in school. Indeed, K–12 students face struggles, obstacles, and life lessons that require support from not only parents, but also teachers and school administrators. In a recent study, the CDC found millions of American children are living with depression, anxiety, ADHD, Tourette syndrome, or a host of other mental health issues. These mental health issues, when not properly diagnosed or treated, can lead to increased drug and alcohol abuse. With children and adolescents, it is important to address the topic of bullying, shown to elevate these issues, when discussing mental health and raising mental health awareness.

5 Tools to Get Students Excited About Reading

5 Tools to Get Students Excited About Reading It can take quite a bit of encouragement to get your students to read, much less like it or be excited about it. Luckily, technology is making it easier for teachers to win over these students by taking reading to a new level.

It can take quite a bit of encouragement to get your students to read, much less like or be excited about it. Luckily, technology is making it easier for teachers to win over students by taking reading to a new level.

Whether they’re playing with the main character or earning points for logging their reading, reluctant readers will pick up their next book—and love it—with these helpful tools.

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Differentiating: The One Day-Monday Paradigm

Differentiating Instruction- The One Day-Monday | Differentiation is the most powerful ways I’ve seen to drive students to success. It can also be a scary task for teachers (novice and veteran alike) who are used to direct, full-class instruction.

Differentiation is the most powerful ways I’ve seen to drive students to success. It can also be a scary task for teachers (novice and veteran alike) who are used to direct, full-class instruction all day e’ry day.

But, as my principal had reminded my team this year, grown-up discomfort is worth it if it drives results for kids. Or, in other words: yes, differentiation can be scary and hard at first, but it is a huge way to build strong learners and build deeper relationships with kids.

5 Ways to Bring Silliness into Your Classroom

5 Ways to Bring Silliness into Your Classroom Let’s face it; kids are silly, and they know how to have fun! In order to find some joy in the day-to-day grind, bring some silliness into your classroom. It will help your students see you as a person with whom they can relate. | TeacherPop

Sometimes I would come home from a long day at school and gleefully realize that I barely spoke to another adult all day. Let’s face it: kids are silly, and they know how to have fun! In order to find some joy in the day-to-day grind, bring some silliness into your classroom. It will help your students see you as a person with whom they can relate. Below are five ways to bring silliness into your classroom.

4 Free Apps for the Classroom

4 Free iPad Apps for Back-to-School

This guest post was contributed by the folks at Chalkup, a free, next-generation learning management system for happy, connected classrooms.

We’re really into ed-tech–especially when it takes classroom learning to the next level, allowing students and teachers to take on projects they just couldn’t do with pencil and paper alone.

This is our standard for what makes a piece of educational technology awesome: is this something that offers a new experience for classes? Are students learning, doing, seeing, feeling, or creating something that they could not otherwise?