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

Islandborn Activities and Lesson Plans for 2022

Elementary teachers looking for lesson plans and activities for Islandborn will love this post. It includes resource recommendations, information about the book, and teaching ideas. With themes of staying on task, focusing, and active listening, this Islandborn picture book by Junot Diaz is a favorite in 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms. You and your … Read more