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News & Tips for Teachers

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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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What to Look for in a Common Core Standards Professional Development Course

July 16th, 2013

A majority of states have adopted the Common Core State Standards in English and Mathematics. With that in mind, school districts need to implement professional development opportunities that will adequately prepare for the transition from teacher-centered learning to a student-centered mindset. What does …

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Does Class Size Matter? The LPP Community says ‘Yes’

July 3rd, 2013

By Pamela Moreland Class size matters, especially to educators who have very sharp–and sometimes divided–opinions on the issue. Recently, the Lesson Plans Page Facebook community debated the question “Does Class Size Matter?”  The springboard for the discussion was a decision by Texas …

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Digital Badges Instead of Grades: Pros and Cons

July 2nd, 2013

The traditional methods of assigning letter grades to students at all levels of education has repeatedly come under fire for its perceived limitations. Alfie Kohn, writing in High School Magazine, has criticized grade-based education for allegedly shifting students’ focus from the material …

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How Teachers can tap Vast Resources of the Library of Congress and National Archives

June 26th, 2013

By Rob Klindt While many resources can supplement teachers’ lesson plans, few can match the vast collections of the U.S. Library of Congress and the National Archives. This original 1776 rough draft of the Declaration of Independence by Thomas Jefferson is available …

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Fourth of July Lesson Plans, Crafts and Activities

June 24th, 2013

Hooray for the Red, White and Blue! Well, while there will be lots of flags waving on the Fourth of July, this holiday actually honors the day, July 4, 1776, that the Declaration of Independence was signed. The Declaration is the formal …

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Students’ New Learning Styles Offer a Model for Teachers

June 24th, 2013

Few educators disagree there is a revolution happening in learning. Whether in flipped classrooms or gamified sections, students are using new tools to direct their own learning more frequently. Changes in how students learn should be leading to changes in how teachers …

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Using Digital Content to Create Lifelong Learners

June 20th, 2013

What if instead of providing students with answers, teachers asked classes to uncover the facts? What if literacy wasn’t only reading, writing and comprehension, but evaluating the source of information and its veracity? This should be the future of learning, according to …

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Continuing Education for Teachers: Weighing the Options

June 19th, 2013

By Jacquie McGregor We all know that teacher learning doesn’t stop once we enter the classroom. Continuing education is a requirement for many facets of teacher certification, and many teachers choose to earn graduate degrees in order to advance their careers. However, …

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