What Is Service Learning and How Do You Plan for It?

We want our students to be independent, responsible, empathetic, and supportive. Planning a project for your students to do to help others is what service learning is all about. One year I invited two homeless teenagers from a local program into my classroom to talk with my second graders about what it’s like to be … Read more

How We Can Use Writing Time to Nurture SEL Skills

Emotional intelligence, resilience, social-emotional learning—these terms are trending on social media and at the forefront of initiatives in many of our schools. For a critical reason: the pandemic has put children under stress and created in many children and adolescents some form of trauma. Addressing kids’ social-emotional well-being in the classroom is not simply important; … Read more

Help! The Awards at My School are Rigged

Dear WeAreTeachers:I teach high school art and every year we collaborate as a department team to choose the senior who is most deserving not just by grades, but by talent, attitude, perseverance, and growth. One of my students joined the Advanced Placement Art class with very little experience. He worked hard to catch up and … Read more

Best Merit-Based Scholarships for High School Seniors

Getting a college education can open doors for many students, but figuring out how to pay for tuition can be difficult. While student loans are an option, it’s best to look for alternatives that don’t require repayment. We’re beginning to see colleges and universities highlight different ways of helping students afford their education. Fortunately, there … Read more

Help! The Awards at My School are Rigged

Dear WeAreTeachers:I teach high school art and every year we collaborate as a department team to choose the senior who is most deserving not just by grades, but by talent, attitude, perseverance, and growth. One of my students joined the Advanced Placement Art class with very little experience. He worked hard to catch up and … Read more

Second Grade Reading Comprehension Activities

Second graders are some of the most enthusiastic readers out there. They are transitioning from the basics into readers looking for meaning. As they build upon their comprehension skills, they are beginning to make connections to themselves and the world at large. These second grade reading comprehension activities will help your students dig deeper into … Read more

8 Types of Instructional Strategies for Teaching Math (Grades 1-5) in 2022 – Clutter-Free Classroom

There are tons of different types of instructional strategies for teaching elementary math, but which is the most effective one that maximizes student engagement, deepens student understanding, and boosts standardized test scores? This blog post will explore the different types of instructional strategies for teaching math to help you determine which one will work best … Read more