Classroom Resources

Business Ideas that Work in the Classroom

Businesses run like well-oiled machines. In many cases, this is because they have people and processes in place to be productive and efficient. While there are sometimes when you want your classroom to be an open environment full of organic learning processes, there are other times when efficiency is best. Not surprisingly, there are some ideas from different business models that work well in classrooms. They are fun and they expose your students to different ways of completing projects.

Creative Ways to Get More Out of a Three-Ring Binder

Teachers are known for being hard-working individuals for a reason. Due to low school budgets, time restrictions, and simply being out of energy by the end of the day, you’re often forced to “make do” with what you have on hand. That makes staying organized and creating engaging moments with your students a real challenge.

Getting creative with what you already have on hand (or can get cheaply and easily) is a skill experienced educators have mastered quite well. Veterans also know that at the end of the day, your creative juices are often zapped and need refreshing.

Luckily, great resources for staying organized, creative, and on-budget already exist so you don’t have to reinvent the wheel every time you need an innovative solution. This article and printable infographic, for example, is one of them. It walks you through some clever uses for the omnipresent binder so you can turn them into projects for students, organizational tools, and more.

Creating a Welcoming Classroom Environment

When you get your first teaching job, decorating and arranging your classroom is probably the last thing on your mind. Though a few rungs down the ladder from lesson planning and learning everyone’s names, creating a welcoming (and engaging) classroom environment goes a long way in helping students learn.

How to Use Creative Writing to Prepare Students for Standardized Tests

It’s testing season, which means that students everywhere will be reading prose and poetry passages and filling out little bubbles to show what they understand about those pieces. While standardized tests seem difficult and mysterious at times, what students are expected to do on those exams can be boiled down to two answering two main questions:  What point does the author make and how do they make that point?

Getting The Most Out Of Your Planning Period

When you become a teacher, there’s a lot they don’t tell you. You are expected to figure out many of teaching’s ins and outs on your own. One of these things is getting the most out of each planning period. If you didn’t already know, a planning period is the one period you have each day to ‘plan.’ Why the ‘’ marks? Well, a lot can happen during a planning period, and sometimes actual lesson planning does not happen at all. In this article I’ll teach you some planning period trade secrets. That being said, let’s turn the 47-55 minutes you have each day into pure gold!

How to Decide If Your Tech is Accessible to Students with Special Needs

The use of traditional educational tools like textbooks and pencils hasn’t done much for the nearly 13% of the K-12 student population who have special needs. In fact, in many cases, the accommodations and modifications teachers use with these students involves chunking text, using different texts, and modifying the delivery of lessons to include text and instruction at a different reading level. In addition, students with motor issues may need assistance gripping pencils, making writing on paper difficult.