Classroom Resources

Tips for Writing a First Draft: A Guide for Students

Getting students to write a first draft might be one of the biggest hurdles to jump as a writing instructor, but I believe that a lot of that difficulty stems from misunderstandings about what a first draft really is. Students often have the idea that other writers sit down at their computer and write a perfect piece of writing, starting with the first word in their essay, finishing with the last.  But of course, they couldn’t be further from the truth.

7 Steps To Teach Writing With Mentor Texts

Teaching writing with examples of good writing—seems like a no-brainer.  And yet, it took me a long time to figure out practical ways of teaching with mentor texts.  Maybe I was just intimidated by professional and well-respected authors.  Maybe the whole process just seemed to vague and nebulous.  In any case, I have since figured out a few patterns that I follow.

Classroom Essentials: Why Tablets Are a Must

Ask any teacher: No two students are created exactly alike, and the approach to educating students varies even by subject. Some children need extra work in order to help push them beyond the limits of the classroom, while others require extra lessons in order to catch up. And teachers, of course, work hard to individualize their lessons—but they might need help. Luckily, there’s technology, specifically tablets, can help in a new educational concept called flipping a classroom.

How to Handle School Politics

Teaching at a school is a world away from working at an office. In my experience, teachers have a greater sense of comradery than regular office workers. Teachers are tasked with improving lives rather than making money for the company. Yep, teaching comes with a lot of positives that one cannot find in the traditional office environment.

IEPs for New Teachers: A Guide

A teacher’s first year in the classroom is a challenge like no other. There’s lesson planning, classroom management, grading and what seems like a billion other responsibilities all rolled into one. Then one day early in the year, a sealed envelope labeled CONFIDENTIAL arrives in your inbox. No, this folder is not an invitation to join a spy mission, but students’ Individualized Education Plans (IEPs).  

For first year teachers, IEPs can be some of the most confusing documents he or she reads. There’s also the complicated task of implementing IEPs in the classroom. To help first-year teachers, this article covers IEP basics, implementing IEPs, and essentials to keep in mind throughout the year.   

Jazz Up Your Classroom D├ęcor on the Cheap

Your classroom is your home for eight hours (or more) every day of the week—nine to ten months out of the year. That means the walls and floors can quickly get boring or even dispiriting. But spending a lot of money probably isn’t in most teachers’ budgets—and the wear and tear of students tromping in and out can quickly make its mark on every surface. Fortunately, there are wallet-smart ways for you to add a little zing to your classroom.