What are the hot topics for educators right now? Check out what school officials, teachers, principals, and all types of educators are most interested in from our educator communities from the past two weeks. This is where we share with you the topics that get the most buzz with educators!
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Why Teaching Middle School Is So Hard
Everybody thinks middle school teachers are crazy…and they’re not entirely wrong.
Tell people you teach middle school and you’ll get one of two responses. Either they will tell you you’re a saint and launch into a story about their terrible middle school years, or they’ll back slowly away from you, eyes frantically searching for the exit as they try to figure out what, exactly, would launch a seemingly sane person on such a terrifying career path. Read more >>
16 Teacher Personalities You Can Spot at Every Faculty Meeting
Which one are you?
Every week we must endure it—the dreaded faculty meeting. While some teachers arrive to meetings, shall we say, struggling, others ride in on cloud nine. In each faculty meeting I’ve ever attended, I’ve seen the same personalities over and over. Confession: I’ve even been a few of these myself. Here are the personalities you can spot at every faculty meeting. Read more >>
31 Mathtastic Pi Day Activities for the Classroom
The day that brings out the inner math geek in us all.
Math deserves its own day, don’t you think? Join the fun of Pi Day, celebrated on March 14 (3.14, get it?). Here are 31 Pi Day activities that you’ll circle back to year after year. Read more >>
17 Things You Can Do While Actively Monitoring a Standardized Test
There’s just no way around it, people. Testing season is upon us.
We could talk all day about what’s wrong with standardized tests: that they kill creativity, discourage critical thinking, pad the wallets of people whose wallets most definitely do not need padding. But one of the worst and arguably least manageable aspects of standardized testing for teachers is active monitoring. Read more >>
A Principal’s Day, According to Brain Science
You’re constantly shifting through brain changes as you work.
Do you ever get home at the end of the day and feel thoroughly exhausted? Most principals do. It’s not just working long hours and logging plenty of steps that make you feel worn out. Being a principal means putting your brain through the wringer each and every day. Displaying qualities like empathy, engaging in conflict resolution, and being a leader all challenge different areas of the brain. As a principal, your brain is shifting through these changes as you work. Read more >>
10 Books That Can Revolutionize Teaching Practice
Excellent professional development may just be one book away.
There are very few books that will resonate with every member of your staff. But the right book can make a big difference with the right teacher. By forming small study groups, you can give teachers the chance to read and discuss books that will enhance their skills in ways that will positively impact their performance in the classroom. This collection of titles offers teachers the chance to explore niche interests that could benefit your whole community. Read more >>