Best Websites for Teaching & Learning Writing

Writing is one of the most important skills students can learn in school. Writing skills are linked to reading skills and to overall academic achievement. Luckily, there are loads of interesting and engaging websites to help make writing instruction fun. To help you get started, here’s a list of the best writing websites for teaching … Read more

14 Ways To Help Students Build Confidence

Once it’s begun, you can’t fully separate the person from the task. When the artist is painting, the painter and the act of painting become a single ‘thing.’ The painting becomes a part of it all, too. As a teacher, your ‘self’ is embedded within your teaching—which is how it goes from ‘job’ to craft. … Read more

How Teachers Can Support Twice Exceptional Students

Twice exceptional students, or 2e students, are learners who are identified as exceptionally bright but who also have disabilities (for example ADHD, mild autism, dyslexia, or other learning or behavioral challenges) that need specialized attention. According to a report on twice exceptionality by the National Association for Gifted Children, there are approximately three million gifted … Read more

A Parent Volunteer Is Snooping in My Gradebook

Dear WeAreTeachers:I was so excited to finally welcome parent volunteers back into my third-grade classroom after such a long time. This one mom has been asking to help all year, and she just had her first day in the classroom. I gave her a bunch of tasks, like making copies and stuffing Friday Folders. She … Read more

65 Educational Netflix Shows to Stream in Your Classroom

Students love watching videos (remember that feeling when someone wheeled in the AV equipment?!) Luckily there are a ton of educational videos you can share in the classroom. No matter the topic, Netflix has a wealth of documentaries and series to stream. We’ve gathered the top 65 educational Netflix shows here and organized them by … Read more

The Most Important Things Students Learn At School

The Things That Linger After They’ve Forgotten Everything You Taught by Terry Heick Learning has little to do with content. If we’re talking about learning as a personal manifestation of some kind–the two-way flow of referential schema in a fluid act of recognition and sense-making–then learning is something that happens completely inside the mind, and … Read more

2 BIG Problems for Ofsted To Fix!

@TeacherToolkit In 2010, Ross Morrison McGill founded @TeacherToolkit from a simple Twitter account through which he rapidly became the ‘most followed teacher on social media in the UK’. In 2015, he was nominated as one of the ‘500 Most Influential People in Britain’ by The Sunday… Read more about @TeacherToolkit What can we do to … Read more

5 Oral Learning Feedback Strategies For ESL Classrooms –

contributed by Aziz Ghannaj It goes without saying that feedback is an essential concept in language teaching as it “has a place in most theories of second language (L2) learning and language pedagogy” (Ellis, 2009). It should be used to enhance learning within an ESL classroom. Interestingly, oral feedback is the most frequent type of … Read more

The Best Classroom Rewards from Dollar Tree

Looking to freshen things up in the treasure box, add more items to the class store, or just need fun ideas to praise your students’ positive behavior? Look no further! Purchasing classroom rewards for your kids does not (and should not) have to hurt your budget. Flip your mindset: Think smarter, not more expensive! Your … Read more