LEGO Bricks are toys. They’re items that students willingly seek out to play with and get excited to receive as gifts under the Christmas tree. That’s one of the things that make them so useful to teachers. Lessons taught using LEGO Bricks don’t feel like dull schoolwork. On the contrary, students might feel like they’re

  iGrade, the Apple iOS GradeBook, just released a new powerful Collaboration Feature empowering the communication between Teachers, Students and Parents After the iGrade team interviewed numerous School Software experts, a common theme came back: Collaboration between Teachers, Students and Parents is key to a successful education. Information needs to flow quickly and efficiently, the

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COLORFUL PENS My favorite pens for chart paper are Mr. Sketch. I’ve tried a few others but none of them are quite the same. The colors are vibrant and one pack lasts all year! Except for black. However, several years ago, I discovered that I could order just the black! Whoo-hoo. Now, I have a

It is okay to plan assignments that you aren’t going to grade. Be nice to your custodians. They deal with enough crap already. And vomit. Set firm boundaries between home life and work life, even if other teachers tell you it’s impossible. Use some of your sick days. Use them for rest. Use them to

A new report from the Sutton Trust has reviewed the evidence around successful teaching practices. Here are the key points you need to know The question of what makes a great teacher has been around for a long time. It’s an enquiry that poses many problems because there’s simply no set recipe for success, and

Think back to when you were in school – did you have any teachers that were just, well, to be honest, bad teachers? Or maybe there’s some teachers you know now who are just simply not that effective. It’s certainly not our job to point fingers or critique others, but what we absolutely should do

As teachers, we know the value of having good attention getters to calm a noisy classroom.  I have always wanted a comprehensive list of all of the best attention getters in one spot.  So, I decided to poll the Education to the Core Community to see what we could come up with.  If you are in

It seems that just yesterday excited children were entering the classroom with new school supplies.  It is hard to believe that it is now December and the same students are moseying in at the last minute in need of a pencil with lead. Many teachers, especially in their first years of teaching, experience feelings of

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Rote memorization of “times tables” and flash card drills are SO last century! But how can you engage today’s math students, members of Generation Y, while insuring they attain math proficiency? “Math is so BORING!” “I just don’t get it.” Sound all too familiar? Then consider these seven strategies to make mathematics FUN and challenging,

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