Early Childhood and Elementary (Grades: PreK-5)

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8 Tips for Working with Parents of Special Needs Children

By The Editorial Team November 25, 2020

If you are an educator of children with special needs, it could be more demanding than teaching normal children. Being a teacher of a special child, you should also know how to deal with their parents. It is equally important to know how to work with their guardians as it is important to teach the… Read More

20 Tips for Teaching Elementary School Virtually

By Andrea Earp October 6, 2020

It’s 9 a.m. Monday morning and you are logging into your first virtual learning session with your class of second graders. You are greeted by a few smiling faces, several blank screens, and some other random body parts. You encourage everyone to turn on their cameras and continue with your lesson. Instead of focusing, students… Read More

Virtual Field Trips for Kindergartners and Elementary Students

By The Editorial Team September 26, 2020

A first field trip can leave a positive, long-lasting impression on a child. From theatres to science museums, field trips are conceptual learning experiences that help children expand their way of thinking. These experiences also lay strong educational foundations for students that stay with them as they grow older. However, with many venues still closed… Read More

All together now! Don’t let the classroom walls or the length of hallway separate you from your colleagues. Share the love of teaching across curriculums with collaborative teaching! Collaborative, interdisciplinary activities deliver research-based benefits including: Critical thinking skills: By using approaches from different disciplines, students improve their critical thinking. Through careful analysis, processing, and making… Read More

Career Options With An Early Childhood Education Degree

By The Editorial Team April 30, 2020

If you have a passion for shaping young minds, a degree in early childhood education can be a great way to jump-start a career working with children up to age eight. This course of study provides a strong foundation for a future in teaching and childcare. Degrees in early childhood education range from certificate programs… Read More

Just over a year ago, I had the opportunity to go back to London, where I always make sure to visit the Victoria and Albert Museum. I actually went back a second time in the same week because they were having a limited-time exhibit, Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic exhibition. The walls were full of sketches… Read More

I taught public school for ten years, starting in a self-contained ELL 6th-grade middle school class, shifting to a dual-language, 5th-grade classroom, and ultimately spending the most time teaching 3rd-graders. And with a classroom of 20-40+ kids (yep, you read that last number correctly), inevitably the dynamics were such that someone stumbled upon having a… Read More

There’s no doubt that students who understand what it means to be a good friend benefit in many ways — from better communication skills to better grades. Plus, good friends make good citizens — and the world needs all it can get. So help your students understand and develop quality friendships at any grade level… Read More

Resilience Through an Elementary Lens

By Darri Stephens February 3, 2020

When I first began teaching elementary school, many of the topics were a bit hazy for me. Sure, I had learned at some point about Westward Expansion when I was in third grade – but I couldn’t recall many facts except that a remedy for snake bites was to suck the venom out of a… Read More

Celebrating the 100th Day of School: A Day to Pause & Reflect

By Darri Stephens January 27, 2020

I’m not quite sure why I missed out, but I didn’t learn about the concept of celebrating the 100th day of school until my fifth year of teaching when I was in my twenties! I never celebrated a 100th day in school growing up. And then my first two teaching assignments were in failing schools… Read More

A school district superintendent is responsible for the overall performance of their district. Hiring new teachers, ensuring that current teachers have up-to-date certifications and follow continuing education requirements, and making sure that the students excel puts a lot of responsibility on individuals holding this position. Depending on the size of the district, many school systems… Read More

Substitute Teacher: Education, Salary, and Outlook

By The Editorial Team January 20, 2020

A substitute teacher’s role is vital to the smooth operation of a school. Substitutes step in, sometimes on very short notice, for teachers who can’t be in the classroom for anything between a single day to several weeks. Substitute teachers have many of the same qualifications as full-time teaching staff, though it’s also a common… Read More

Montessori Teacher: Education, Salary, and Outlook

By The Editorial Team January 10, 2020

The Montessori method of education is aimed at allowing children to self-direct their own learning. Instead of traditional teaching methods, it incorporates hands-on learning and collaborative play in the classroom, which is guided by a teacher who is specifically trained in the Montessori method. This teacher, the Montessori teacher, is responsible for providing their students… Read More

The Power of Stickers for Motivation and Positive Behavior

By Darri Stephens December 24, 2019

I remember when I first started teaching, and I would pick up the phone to call students’ homes. I not only could hear the trepidation in the parents’ voices, but I could feel them on the other end bracing for bad news: what their child had done wrong, how their child hadn’t met expectations, or… Read More

One African proverb states “a wise man never knows all; only a fool knows everything.” Regardless of how worldly, educated, or well-traveled we are, we can never know everything. But by recognizing our own biases and accepting that we can learn from others, we establish the groundwork for growth and promote the cultivation of independent… Read More