The Best Resources On Instruction In 2022 – Part One

I’m continuing with my mid-year “Best” list posts… Seven years ago I began publishing a regular Classroom Instruction Resources Of The Week post. You can see all my “Best” lists on instructional strategies here. Here are my choices from the past few months: THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN “RITUALS” & “ROUTINES” IN THE CLASSROOM, & WHY WE … Read more

Help! My Husband Resents My Summers Off

Dear WeAreTeachers:I just finished up my first year of teaching and am officially on summer break. I’ve noticed that any time my husband is reminded of the fact that I won’t be working for the next three months, it really gets under his skin. He’s never said anything actually rude or picked up any fights … Read more

Build Oral Language Skills with a Morning Meeting Question of the Day

Oral language is an often forgotten about the aspect of our classrooms. Students cannot write what they cannot say. We build strong readers and writers through our oral language work. Dialogues about learning, classroom systems such as think-pair-share, and routines for talking in complete sentences all help students develop the oral language skills they need. … Read more

8 Ways To Improve How Schools Relate To Communities

8 Things Teachers Can Do To Improve Their Bedside Manner by TeachThought Staff Ed note: Though the word ‘parents’ is used, the premise of the article is really about how schools communicate with communities at large. Whether the communication is intended for a grandparent raising a child, a local organization that works with schools, or … Read more

Help! My Husband Resents My Summers Off

Dear WeAreTeachers:I just finished up my first year of teaching and am officially on summer break. I’ve noticed that any time my husband is reminded of the fact that I won’t be working for the next three months, it really gets under his skin. He’s never said anything actually rude or picked up any fights … Read more

Teachers Share the Unwritten Rules of Teaching

Most of us know that there are lots of “hidden rules” in life. Don’t peek at someone’s phone screen while they’re texting. Face forward when standing in an elevator. Don’t crowd the person in front of you in line at the grocery store. We were never taught these rules in school, but we all learned … Read more

Anxiety Books for Kids, as Recommended by Educators

As teachers, of course we want to support kids however possible, and we know that their mental health plays a huge role in their school success. While we all experience worries and fears, many kids experience anxiety more acutely. The CDC reports that anxiety is the second-most commonly diagnosed mental disorder in kids, impacting nearly … Read more

How To Get an Outdoor Education Job

With more and more classrooms heading outside—and staying outside—during the pandemic, outdoor education is on the rise. Perhaps your school is toying with the idea of ​​a forest kindergarten or an outdoor learning area. Here are some ideas for where to start. As an assistant director for a forest school program in Boulder, Colorado, I … Read more

What Is ODD in Kids? What Teachers Need To Know

Third grade teacher Ms. Kim is really struggling with her student Aiden. Every day, he argues over simple things, seemingly just for the sake of causing trouble. He refuses to take responsibility for his behavior, even when caught in the act. And today, Aiden tore up a fellow student’s art project after that student wouldn’t … Read more

We All Carry Gun Violence Trauma

News continues to trickle out about the Uvalde school shooting, but in many ways, it already feels like it’s fading out of public consciousness. Summer is here. Kids are out of school, and with the threat of school gun violence feeling less possible because schools are empty, people are allowing themselves to forget. Like always. … Read more