Teaching With Students' 4 Needs in Mind: Safety

We all have four basic needs: safety, challenges, community, and recognition. Understanding your students’ needs will help you understand their behavior. Learn how to recognize the behaviors of a child who feels unsafe and ways to create a safe classroom environment. Click to read more!

Why Kids Are Mean

Learn why kids (and adults) are mean. Understanding the connection between our feelings and behaviors helps us make better choices when interacting with others. You will explore examples of mean behavior and get suggestions for talking about interpersonal relationships in the classroom. Read it today!

Morning Work Based on Brain Science

Our brains need specific conditions to learn. Read all about how to structure your morning work routine based on brain science research. You will get ideas to implement in your classroom as well as the reasoning behind them. Click to read more!

Preparing Your Classroom Part One (Planning Your Minutes)

Learn how you can prepare your classroom to save you time all year. This is the perfect blog post for new teachers who are excited to get to work on their classrooms but don’t know where to start. Part one of the series shows teachers how to plan time for individual subjects each day. There are also suggestions for resources that will keep your students on track in grammar, vocabulary, spelling, and math facts without driving you crazy.

Stretching Sentences

See how you can use parts of speech to help your students stretch their sentences to make their writing more interesting. These concrete steps are perfect for students who struggle with writing.

Storytelling in the Classroom

Our brains are designed to pay attention to stories. Using stories in your classroom will help your students remember and understand what you are teaching. Read all about using storytelling in your classroom to increase engagement and achievement.

Scarcity in the Classroom

When humans don't have what they need, it is all our brains can focus on. When children don't have what they need, it can look like misbehavior in the classroom. Any classroom management plan must take scarcity into account in order to best serve students and create a positive classroom environment.

Da Vinci's Notebooks

Leonardo da Vinci kept thousands of pages of notes during his lifetime. While he was a genius, he was also disorganized and struggled to finish his work. Is there a better role model for today's students? See how you can turn a lesson on one of the great Renaissance artists into a notebooking habit in your classroom. Extend writing past your Writer's Workshop.

How to Save Paper in the Classroom

Learning requires paper, but many schools are limiting the amount of paper (or copies) teachers can use. This blog post gives you some idea on how to save paper in your classroom without sacrificing rigor, differentiation, or fun