Elementary Education

8 Practical Holiday Gifts Every Teacher will Treasure

These holiday gifts for teachers are guaranteed to spread joy

Written by Jackie Cali Hunt, Account Executive Manager

This time of year, teachers revel in receiving gifts from students, parents, significant others, or school leadership. It’s actually never a bad time to buy a teacher a gift, but this time of year marks the halfway point where teachers can take a small breath of reprieve before the holiday season.


7 Grading Strategies Guaranteed To Save You Time

Check Out These 7 Grading Strategies Guaranteed To Save You Time

Grading students’ work is a necessary part of any teacher’s job. However, it can be time-consuming and take away from other important aspects of education, too.

Thankfully, there are grading strategies you can apply to better manage your time. To be efficient with your time, you have to have a plan for keeping grading to a minimum. When you apply effective grading strategies to your grading routine, you can save time and focus more on teaching.

8 Test Preparation Tips to Apply this Testing Season

Prepare for testing season with study guides

With testing season in full swing, we know all too well that student stress levels are at their peak. Some students may even feel burnt out. Often, test preparation has been viewed as overwhelming for both teachers and students alike.

However, with the right tools and priorities, though, test preparation can be painless and productive!


Organization Skills for Students: 7 Practical Tips

Try these tips to strengthen organization skills for students

Staying organized is important for any student to be successful. However, many struggle to stay organized. In fact, our recent survey highlights that a lack of organization is the leading barrier to student success.

For some, it’s an issue of getting started and for others, it’s difficult maintaining an organization system. Organizational skills for students apply to any age. It’s never too late to practice organization in the classroom.

Survey Results: Top 10 Barriers to Student Success

Top 10 Barriers to Student Success

Driving and improving student success is a top goal for educators. Factors that contribute to success vary, ranging from student preparation to motivation to engagement. In truth, student success takes on many forms like meeting academic or curriculum goals and developing social skills.

Last month, we surveyed education professionals. Survey respondents included principals, assistant principals, superintendents, teachers, coordinators, administrative assistants, secretaries, coaches, and more.

5 Education Podcasts (Actually Worth Listening To)

Take the time to listen to these education podcasts

Educators are always looking to find the latest and best resources to effectively reach students and to improve their own teaching methods. Podcasts are both entertaining and informative, which make them excellent tools for teachers to use both inside and outside of the classroom.

Teachers are not the only ones who benefit, however. Anyone involved with education ﹘ parents, PTA members, administrators, and counselors ﹘ can find inspiration from podcasts.

Below are some podcasts that are inspirational and practical for those in the educational field:

5 Reasons Your Students Should Ditch Their Keyboards for Pen and Paper

Student Planners Student Success
It seems there’s an app for everything these days. Students aren’t given textbooks and binders full of blank, lined paper for school anymore. Now they get an electronic tablet on which they download a digital version of their subject textbook. They take notes by typing into a word processing app. It sounds like a very tech-savvy, efficient way of educating children.

So why does the U.S. continue to lag behind other countries in math, science and literacy?


5 Ways to Use Student Planners for a Successful School Year

Student Planners Parental Engagement

As a veteran middle school teacher, I have seen many technological trends come and go. However, there’s one tool that I consistently use with students every year that I feel is an invaluable resource, and one that will never go out of style: student planners! Our planner covers are customized with photography and artwork from the previous year’s students, and include cultural components from our large Native American population. They are an item that both students and families look forward to seeing every year because they recognize it as a valuable tool for students’ success.

How can school planners be successful in your classroom? Here are 5 benefits I’ve (more…)