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10 Tips for New or Transitioning Teachers This School Year

August 22, 2019 By Jessica Hayes

This past school year, I transitioned from a K–8 school to a high school. I went from teaching sixth, seventh, and eighth graders to ninth and twelfth graders. In short, it was a big jump going from a middle school setting to the high school.

The Achievement Gap: What It Is and How It Affects Your Students

May 3, 2019 By Pam Gothart

As educators, we always notice gaps and different learning styles among our students, but do we ever think why? Researchers have deemed this “the achievement gap,” which refers to the difference in test scores between different groups of students.

Learn Beyond the Page: Teaching Compassion Through Social Studies

April 4, 2019 By Ken Klieman
"If I am not for myself who is for me? And being for my own self, what am 'I'? And if not now, when?" – Hillel the Elder

An Introduction to Formative and Summative Assessments: Using Learning Targets and Mastery vs. Compliance

March 7, 2019 By Anthony DiSario

“These kids! They never do well on my social studies tests!”

The Key to Quality Professional Learning: Relevant and Beneficial Training

February 20, 2019 By Pam Gothart

Take a moment and reflect on professional development events you have attended, and ask yourself, how many of them were “really” good,  meaningful, effective, and relevant to your chosen profession? As educators, we attend several types of training, many of which are mandatory, or are recommended from our superiors. Occasionally, we get lucky and can select a specific training we deem valuable, but those may be few and far between.

Ways to Impact Your Students and Leave a Legacy: The Phil Fowler Story

February 6, 2019 By Dennis Fowler

Do you remember your favorite teacher?

Who could ever forget that teacher?  Who could ever forget the special way that teacher inspired you and made you a better student and person at the same time?

How to Use Essential Questions to Focus Instruction in Social Studies

May 1, 2018 By Cynthia Resor

How does a teacher narrow down over 5000 years of human history and culture for the classroom? Use essential questions!

The Impact of the Growth Mindset

April 17, 2018 By Ken Klieman

“We like to think of our champions and idols as superheroes who were born different from us. We don’t like to think of them as relatively ordinary people who made themselves extraordinary.” —Carol Dweck, professor of Psychology at Stanford University

5 Things to Consider Before Flipping Your Classroom

March 2, 2018 By Jessica Hayes

The flipped classroom allows students to build background knowledge outside school, freeing up time for more hands-on learning in the classroom. 

Are You Teaching Social Skills to Help Close the Achievement Gap?

October 19, 2017 By Pam Gothart

Some students from poverty may have gaps in social interaction which worsen the
achievement gap.