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News & Tips for Teachers

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School Lunches That Don’t Stink: A Progress Report

September 18th, 2013

by Monica Fuglei   For a full school year, a teacher known only as “Mrs. Q” snuck back to her classroom and snapped a photo of her school lunch to post on her blog, Fed Up With Lunch. The site went viral …

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Science Websites that Feature Lesson Plans

September 17th, 2013

Whether it is the life sciences, earth science, or physical science, many science websites offer a variety of lessons plans designed by educators and researchers. The plans are broken down into grade level and support material is provided either free of charge …

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Free Online Tools to Create, Mix Lesson Plan Playlists

September 11th, 2013

Today’s classroom looks nothing like its counterpart of 50 years ago: instead of blackboards and chalk, teachers and students now use laptops, smart boards and digital lesson plans. Teachers also have many online tools right at their fingertips – and that’s a …

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Rap, Social Media, Anything to Help Students Learn

September 10th, 2013

He’s a teacher who raps, an assistant principal who creates goofy, fun and educational zombie videos, and a school leader who will track down students, teachers and parents wherever they are to help spread the learning word. He just gets jazzed about …

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7 Steps to Help ELL High School Students Be Successful

September 5th, 2013

All good educators constantly search for the best teaching strategies they can use for high school English Language Learners (ELL). The motivation is to help them be as successful as they can possibly be. This is really the same goal teachers have …

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How One School is Ditching Books and Embracing iPads

September 4th, 2013

Tossing the textbooks: Many a student and teacher dreams about it. Andrea Hernandez has done it. Hernandez, a teacher at Martin J. Gottlieb Day School in Jacksonville, Fla., is not using texts with her fourth- and fifth-grade language arts students. Starting this …

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Helping Students from Immigrant Families Connect to U.S. History

September 3rd, 2013

by Monica Fuglei The U.S. student population is comprised of children from increasingly diverse backgrounds. According to the Foundation for Child Development, one in every four American K-12 students comes from an immigrant family. This significant population requires educators to find ways …

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Sensory Kids in the Classroom: 6 Tips for Teachers

August 27th, 2013

by Monica Fuglei One child gnaws holes into the collar of his t-shirt while another covers her ears anytime the bell rings.  Maybe you have these students yourself. These actions can be symptoms of Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) and can be a …

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How to Make Back to School Night Count, Part Two: Connecting with Parents

August 26th, 2013

by Monica Fuglei Part one of How to Make Back to School Night Count discussed effective event planning and presentation strategies. Now we’ll talk about one of the most important components of a back-to-school event: connecting with parents. Four ways to connect …

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Using Contests to Motivate Learning

August 22nd, 2013

For some hard to reach students, a contest to motivate learning maybe just what they need to get them engaged and headed in the right direction. Many of the contest that students can get involved in consist of making a video, or …

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Comic Books in the Classroom? How Reading and Writing Comics Boosts Literacy

August 19th, 2013

by Monica Fuglei Teaching is a tough job, and teaching literacy in underserved areas can be particularly challenging. With an increased focus on student performance, many teachers must push literacy for their students but can sometimes meet resistance from disinterested students who …

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How to Make Back to School Night Count, Part One: Planning and Presentations

August 16th, 2013

by Monica Fuglei It’s that time of year: quiet classrooms await new flocks of students. Before or shortly after school begins, most schools have a Back to School Night. Parental involvement is essential for strengthening school culture and reinforcing classroom learning, and …

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Free Web Tools for Collaborative Projects

August 12th, 2013

More and more classroom teachers are tossing out their paper, scissors, and glue in favor of using technology for collaborative projects. With free web tools such as Wiki, Prezi, Glogster, and VoiceThread, teachers can not only make learning more engaging and meaningful, …

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Do You Buy Classroom Supplies? The LPP Community says ‘Yes’

August 8th, 2013

A few weeks ago, education writer Monica Fuglei shared some amazing data: nearly 100%–99.5%–of teachers say they dig into their own pockets and pay for their classroom supplies. When the Lesson Plans Page Facebook community was asked about paying for classroom supplies, …

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Website That Helps Teachers Raise Money for Classroom Supplies

August 5th, 2013

In an ideal world, school teachers would receive appropriate budgets to provide money for classroom supplies, including books, paper, writing tools, and items for special projects. However, many educators have found that their official supply budgets fall short and have turned to …

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5 YouTube EDU Channels You Need to Know

August 1st, 2013

With increased interest in online education tools, YouTube EDU is poised to become a major player in the educational video market. YouTube is the web’s most popular video sharing site, attracting billions of page views each day. Although many users visit the …

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Awesome Summer Schools: What Teachers Can Learn From Programs That Go Beyond Catching Up

July 31st, 2013

By Monica Fuglei Slump, slide, or whatever you want to call it: teachers know the rise and fall in student test scores during a calendar year.  Most students have a predictable drop in scores after their summer breaks, though this slide tends …

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Tips for Teaching Outdoors

July 30th, 2013

You may have decided that teaching outdoors could be fun and exhilarating for your students, but are concerned about how to make it a success. Here are some basic principles you can follow whether you are planning a short outdoor jaunt to …

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Do You Buy Your Own Classroom Supplies? How It Adds Up, And Where Teachers Can Find Help

July 22nd, 2013

By Monica Fuglei A book for the classroom library, file folders and a basket to organize student records, or a great movie to reinforce a lesson: it might not seem like much, but teachers’ personal spending is big business. According to Education …

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Dealing With Confrontational Parents: How To Make Allies Out Of Enemies

July 17th, 2013

by Jacquie McGregor All teachers have been there: today in class, you had to ask a child to stop talking again. You know you have to call her parents after school, and you are dreading it. A conversation with this child’s parents …

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