Teacher Resources

Understanding the Common Core: How Conservative Conspirators Want to Destroy the Nation's Educational System May 21 2014

While born out of good intentions, few aspects of America’s educational system draws the kind of divisive scrutiny as the Common Core State Standards Initiative.

Initially advocated for by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers as a means of creating educational standards for students across the country in grades K-12, Common Core sought to ensure that every student graduated high school...

Stressing Over an Exam? Follow These Tips! February 08 2012

Taking a test at the Real Estate Investing College

You don’t have to be in grade school to utilize test taking tips. Whether you are in high school, college, or even graduate school, it will benefit you to know how to properly take...

From Science to Shakespeare - Educational Tours in London February 06 2012

For many students, a trip abroad is the highlight of their year – and rightly so. It's a chance to learn hands-on about different cultures and explore the world with friends and enthusiastic educators. Organize one of your senior class trips in London and center it around the great museums and landmarks of the city, many of which are free to enter thanks to the now defunct Labour government's efforts...

5 Tips for Preventing Cyberbullying February 01 2012

These days, bullying is getting a lot of attention on the media, and it is a major problem in the schools. But today's bullying is not like the bullying of the past, with Spike waiting in the schoolyard for his milk money. No, today's bullying encompasses a completely new frontier: technology.

Technology has opened up an entire new world of possibilities for bullies and their victims, and the damage can...

Groundhog Day Fun for the Classroom January 31 2012

Groundhog Day occurs each year on February 2nd! If you've never seen it, I highly recommend a viewing of Groundhog Day with Bill Murray. At times confused, depressed, philosophical and joyful, Bill Murray portrays a man stuck forever in the same day with hilarious excellence. While Groundhog Day isn't a national holiday, I make this movie part of my personal first week of February each year.

For the...

6 Fun Ways Children Can Improve Their Coordination January 30 2012

As your kids start to reach the ages of three and four, their minds are being constantly stimulated by everything around them.  They've developed some coordination and motor skills that they are starting to experiment with more.  You should encourage activities that sell themselves.

Encourage Them To Draw You Pictures

By now, you've probably figured out some of the things that...

Tips to Making a Homework Plan January 27 2012

Getting your homework done doesn’t have to be as difficult as finding the cure for cancer. Most students struggle because they procrastinate their homework until the last minute. I guarantee you that most professors don’t appreciate reading through a hundred essays that were thrown together at the last minute. Scheduling out your time is an...

5 Fantastic New Books for Your Kids’ Library January 26 2012

Whether you are a primary school teacher, a parent, grandparent or indeed a librarian, you are probably always on the lookout for new books that will inspire, excite and intrigue your little ones. I’m the same and devour every single mention of new books so I can add them to the collection in my classroom.

I like to ensure that there is a wide variety so that every child has...

Five Test Preparation Tips for the Classroom January 25 2012

It's that time of year!

The end of January in our school district marks the beginning of the official testing window. Whether we like it or not, our kids will spend valuable hours navigating through state-mandated standardized reading and math tests here in Oregon.

While the purpose of assessment in the classroom is to figure out what students know and to direct our teaching, our approach to preparing students for...

How to Encourage Good Eating Habits in Your Kids January 24 2012

Good eating habits don't just miraculously develop in a child's life, they have to be shown the way by demonstration and repetition. As with most habits, it is very important that the proper eating guidelines are taught as early as possible, so that there is more...

Happy Chinese New Year! January 23 2012

Are you looking for a last-minute way to celebrate Chinese New Year in your classroom? Check out these Chinese New Year reading and writing activities that include printable zodiac symbols, as well as these simple Chinese New Year crafts to help your students celebrate this cultural holiday!

Easy Chinese New Year Crafts for the Classroom January 20 2012

For 2012, Chinese New Year is celebrated on Monday, January 23rd. The significance of this holiday and simple activities to help your kids learn about Chinese New Year can be found here, but fun, educational, and simple craft ideas are included below.

Chinese Yo Yo

This is one of the easiest crafts to make...

Begin Celebrating Chinese New Year in the Classroom January 19 2012

Chinese New Year is a great excuse to practice important skills while celebrating an important part of Chinese culture.

When is Chinese New Year?

Chinese New Year is based on the Chinese Lunar Calendar, which is 2,640 years older than our calendar, and can begin on any date between Janaury 21st and February 18th each year. The date...

10 Ways to Write Better Essays January 19 2012

It doesn't matter if you're in elementary school or college, it's important to know how to write an essay. As a fourth-grade teacher with state writing tests looming each spring, I have taught kids the general and finer points of constructing a basic essay. This guest post reveals helpful tips for kids of all ages when faced with a writing prompt, from brainstorming to final draft!

For many people, writing...

W-I-N-T-E-R Acrostic Poetry in the Classroom January 18 2012

Around our fair region (the Pacific Northwest) this week, we've had some snow flurries, resulting in as much as 4 inches of snow in some areas of higher elevation! This resulted in non-stop news coverage of what I lovingly term, "The Snowpocalypse."

Yes, I said 4 inches. My colleagues in the Midwest, commence the eye-rolling - we deserve it.

Regardless...

Tips for Battling Child Obesity January 17 2012

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American children spend too much time inside and on the couch, and it shows. The reason for this is subject for much debate. Are video games that much more fun than they were 20 years ago? Do parents' fears regarding children's safety and the desire to keep them within arm’s reach discourage...

Snowball Math Lesson Plan January 12 2012

Celebrate the crisp, cold winter snow with this fun math lesson plan for younger kids. These three snow-themed math activities are simple to plan and fit in with any winter-based classroom units.

Snowball Math Materials

For these three math activities, gather together the following materials:

  • dark or light blue construction paper, cut into 8 1/2" x 11"...

Martin Luther King Jr. Easy Classroom Activities January 11 2012

Martin Luther King, Jr's Day is on Monday, 1/16/12, which is coming up fast. Here are fun and educational last-minute ideas and activities to use with the kids in your classroom to celebrate this great man in history.

What Do Your Kids Know About Martin Luther King, Jr?

This is a valuable question, and one worth exploring before launching into a lesson and activity to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King,...

10 Study Tips Every Student Should Know January 10 2012

Studying is one of the most important contributors to scholastic success. Through studying, you reinforce the things you've learned in the classroom and prepare yourself for tests on the material. This material is often the foundation for future learning. To help you get the most out of studying, the following are 10 study tips every student should know:

  1. Turn...

How to Enhance Your Children's Learning with a Better Night’s Sleep January 07 2012

As a parent, you do all you can to give your child a good night's sleep. The mattress is comfortable, the room is warm and the decor is soothing. Parents know that rested kids are happy kids, but did you also know that making sure your child gets enough sleep could actually enhance their ability to learn?

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for Children January 07 2012

For mums with young children, nothing could mean more than a gift on Mother’s Day made by the fair hands of their little ones. Dads may well lend a hand ordering some chocolates or flowers, but teaming up with the kids to make something or come up with a personalised present can help make the occasion...

How to Integrate Social Media in the Classroom January 06 2012

Today’s students are constantly connected. They have their own laptops and smartphones and tablets that give them access to the web at all times. They have various social networking accounts, such as Facebook and Twitter. They’re more likely to send a text or an email or post a comment than make a phone call. They rely on the...

Teaching Young Children to Count with Games January 05 2012

The essence of who we are today largely depends on how we were educated as youngsters. Because early educational development is the precursor to our more advanced education, it is vital that parents take an active participation in helping to form the cognitive functions of their child’s minds. One of the most critical skills that your child will need...

Teaching Children Lasting Study Skills January 04 2012

Your children will spend a long time in school - possibly decades. Therefore, it is of utmost importance that they learn good study skills, and as early on as possible. Study skills are a systematic approach to learning and applying information, and are the make or break factor when it comes to success in school. Good study habits can drastically...