The Complete 2012-2013 Archive
The complete collection of articles, lesson ideas,
print-ready resources, and more.
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8
Featured for Fall
25 teacher-tested lesson ideas to engage your digital natives.
There are things you can do to help stop and prevent bullying. Here's where to start.
A little troubleshooting makes out-of-classroom excursions a breeze.
Laura Robb shares six secrets for unlocking literacy instruction.
Fall is the perfect time to pause and perfect your routines and systems. Here are 5 great goals and solutions to help you get organized!
Your kids have special abilities and needs, and as a special needs teacher, your classroom needs are very specific too. Here are a few top tips and tools for special needs teachers.
Make reading class feel like recess with hands-on activities for early learners.
Take a step across subjects by using much-loved children's books for real-world math activities.
4 simple go-to activities to keep students calm, focused, and motivated in your classroom.
Underline the importance of taking great notes with thoughtful activities for reading class.
Put away the waxed paper and Vaseline and bring out the coffee filters and markers to create a twist on autumn leaf projects. Kids can use their imagination to fashion leaves of pink and purple and mint green.
1 handy template + a handful of multi-colored beans = a fun and easy pumpkin project kids will love!
Whether they’re dangling from the ceiling, waving from pencils, or taking a bite out of trick-or-treat bags, kids will love these cartoonishly creepy creatures.
Author and songwriter Sandra Boynton shares this original craft project designed for her newest project, Frog Trouble.
Rafe Esquith, long-time teacher and author of Real Tallk for Real Teachers, on how long-term projects teach resilience.
Ask Dr. Fernandez.
Suzanne Tingley on returning to the classroom with a masters degree and effective instructional coaches.
Clever ways to get parents involved at your school.
Back to School 2013
Love seeing how other teachers set up their rooms? We've got some absolutely fabulous spaces to share with you!
Veteran elementary teacher and author Otis Kriegel shares 10 tips to help you survive (and thrive!) your first year as a teacher.
Math expert Marilyn Burns on embracing the Common Core practice standards to teach math more effectively.
Teacher-tested ideas to help you meet the new ELA anchor standards.
Score cash to fill your classroom needs—without spending a dime.
Plus, check out our handy grant calendar for tips on upcoming deadlines for a few great funding opportunities.
6 meaningful activities to teach manners and feelings to young learners. Plus, 4 great reads for a storybook approach to manners.
4 great activities to help students crack the code of nonfiction and introduce kids to informational texts and key text features.
Use blogging, writing activities, and games to get acquainted.
Some of our favorite authors share their best advice for your middle school writers.
Gather a variety of hats as well as scraps of fabric and ribbon, stickers, small trinkets and toys, and clippings. Have students choose a hat and then decorate it in a way that reflects them then wear them at a getting-to-know-you class hat party!
Welcome the new school-year by creating a “memory mailbox” to document all of the fun times ahead. Each Friday, students write notes and drop them in the box. Open at year’s end for a back-to-school activity that comes full circle.
Kids can get to know new tablemates while practicing penmanship skills with colorful ruled nameplates.
Struggling to keep classroom supplies organized? Print our free colorful labels and your problems are solved! Simple, fun illustrations will click with even your youngest students, making cleanup time a breeze.
Ask Dr. Fernandez.
Suzanne Tingley on communicating with your mentor and using team-building excercises to adjust to leadership changes.
Rafe Esquith, long-time teacher and author of Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire, on risking failure to help kids succeed.
Creative ideas for memorizing new names.
20 new titles to satisfy every interest and keep students reading all summer long. Download an easy-to-print PDF version to share with your students.
Key strategies to prevent the summer slide and help kids discover the power of a good book.
Surprising new findings from Scholastic’s Kids & Family Reading Report.
The inside scoop on the PARCC and Smarter Balance assessments. Plus, key strategies for preparing students for the next tests.
Expert advice for a stress-free classroom cleanup this summer.
Activities to get kids ready for (safe) summer fun from Instructor Magazine.
Reflect on lessons learned and friendships made with activies that wrap up the year.
Common Core-ready lesson plans to develop public speaking skills and get even your most camera-shy kids up on the podium.
Celebrate the school year and keep students engaged with hands-on group projects.
Celebrate the end of the year with a gift that will keep on growing. Help kids craft mini-gardens out of recycled plastic bags, fabric scraps, and ribbons.
Have students share advice with next year’s class by decorating templates with sketches, poems, and stories recounting favorite classroom memories.
Download the Wisdom Quilt Template from Instructor Magazine
Strike the right note with playful and encouraging cards that say a fond farewell to each student.
Colorful, iconic bookmarks build kids’ vocabulary while marking the spot in summer reading choices.
Ask Dr. Fernandez.
Suzanne Tingley on taking on leadership positions and running for the local school board.
Thoughtful ways to celebrate the year from fellow teachers: Host a classroom campout, feed their love of literature, and give them a Suessian sendoff.
Must-have apps for your smartphones and tablets.
From handwriting to virtual frog dissection these apps will invigorate your teaching.
As more K-8 programs focus on science, technology, engineering, and math, teachers are finding that chaos creates learning opportunities.
Bring literacy lessons into the science lab with CCSS-ready activities.
Activities support ELA Anchor standards.
Become a school leader—without leaving the classroom.
11 tips from our experts on taking on leadership roles at your school.
Turn your students into junior meteorologists with science lessons about spring weather.
Activities to celebrate National Poetry Month. Teach these poetic forms while encouraging collaborative learning.
Make science lessons fun with these hands-on experiments. What do fish, Alka-Seltzer, and chicken bones have in common? They're all part of science fun!
Give students the tools and inspiration to find their inner poets with lesson plans for National Poetry Month.
Encourage eco-awareness with these green miniposters. Just print (on recycled paper!) and display.
Ask Dr. Fernandez.
Suzanne Tingley on taking over a class midyear and putting together your portfolio.
Classroom management strategies from your fellow teacers. Play together, create some drama, and marry one!
Whether you're teaching science, social studies, or writing, integrating the arts will strengthen your curriculum and deepen students' understanding.
We spoke with Paul Tough, Angela Duckworth, and Carol Dweck about the importance of teaching grit. Check out their tips for promoting strength, resilience, and perseverance among your students.
You asked, we answered. Our experts weigh in on your biggest questions about ELA Common Core from informational texts to English Language Learners.
Resolve to eat well, plot your next move, and give back in 2013.
Popular New Year's resolutions for teachers and how to achieve them.
Make math, phonics, and music come alive with activities to commemorate Presidents' Day.
Add some pizazz to your phonics instruction with these games.
Pair fiction with nonfiction—and watch comprehension soar.
From Gabby Douglas to Mae Jemison Black History is alive with inspiring trailblazers! Pair rich activities with key "firsts" in black America.
These colorful miniposters feature inspiring quotes from notable African Americans. Just print and display in your classroom!
These thoughtful notes are sure to brighten up any student's day!
Ask Dr. Fernandez.
Suzanne Tingley on asking for honest mentor feedback and setting boundaries with parents.
How do you keep order in your classroom? Get kids involved, use humor, and always follow through.
The secret to teaching may be as simple as asking students goodquestions--and then giving them the opportunity to find the answers. Dr. Jeffrey D. Wilhelm talks inquiry-based learning.
Social Media for Teachers: learn tips, tricks, and teaching strategies with the next generation of PD resources. Plus, download an easy-to-print mini-poster to hang in your office.
All it takes is the right time, the right place, and a little forethought.
What principals want to hear in a successful pitch for project funding and more.
Help your students figure out why they aren't getting key math concepts.
John Tapper, author of Solving for Why, on making the most of CRA Assessments.
Pair books and activities to get kids thinking about habitat, hibernation, and migration.
Kids have strong opinions about everything from school rules to the clothes they wear. Put their ideas to work writing persuasive pieces.
Math skills become that much more meaningful when students use them to do good.
Turn book-shy kids into some of your most avid readers.
Give your kids a festive stamp of approval with our sampler of winter-themed stickers. Just print on sticker paper and enjoy!
Ask Dr. Fernandez.
Suzanne Tingley on coming back from maternity leave and teaching in Urban vs. Suburban schools.
Creative ways to discourage classroom cheating. Sit them next to each other, randomize questions, and threaten "File 13," among other strategies.
Your students may not be able to vote (this time around!), but these activities will show them what it means to be a good citizen.
Think informational text = boring? Reinvent your reading lessons with dinosaurs, artists, and geologists! Commonly asked questions about informational texts and the Common Core, plus a few lesson plans for inspiration.
Reading expert Jennifer Serravallo answers your tough questions on how to make the most of independent time and helping students find just-right books for their reading level and interests.
Rebecca Mieliwock, the 2012 National Teacher of the Year, on teaching as a team sport, making sense of middle schoolers, and the art of subversive teaching. Plus, 5 tips for teaching middle school.
If one of your goals this year is to start a class garden, it's already time to start planning! Check out our step-by-step guide to starting a school garden to find activities for each season.
Teach counting, sorting, and more with these pumpkin-themed activities.
Get ready, get set, get reading—with these nifty activities.
The election season offers a fresh reason to incorporate current events into your lesson plans.
There’s a just-right activity for every kid’s learning superpower.
Art and geometry come together with these merry monster bookmarks. All you need is some sturdy paper, scissors, glue, and your students’ imaginations.
Order in the Classroom: Bold, clear class rules will get kids’ attention, and are a stylish alternative to handwritten ones. Swap out as needed! Download the templates today.
Suzanne Tingley on resolving principal conflicts and working in the same school you once attended.
Teachers share tips for successful parent meetings. Start positive, prepare like mad, and never get defensive.
Back to School 2012
Stop worrying and love the Common Core with our tool kit of activities.
Lesson plans from fellow teachers help break down important CCSS benchmarks.
10 tips from master educators that summarize new ways of thinking about frustrating situations. These surefire attitude adjusters will give you (and your students) a fresh start to the school year.
We spoke with organizers of some the best school walking and running programs in the United States—including a group of former Olympic athletes—and asked how they did it.
Use the ideas in our handy monthly planner to help you get organized for a successful school year.
Teach community with truck rallies, pen pals, and more.
Are your young writers stumped when faced with a blank page? Spark their creativity with these improv exercises.
Your kids can become high rollers in math with these snappy dice games.
Engage middle schoolers by bringing pop culture into your lesson plans.
What makes students feel brave, or curious, or wise? Give them prompts like “I feel curious when . . .” and prepare to be amazed at what they write—and later share with their classmates.
Use these templates in your classroom. Click here.
Inspiration Calendar: You and your students will get a boost from these bright and uplifting calendar pages—just print and display!
Icebreaker Seating Chart: Shy and outgoing kids alike will love getting to know their table partners when they have a joke in hand.
Suzanne Tingley on getting along with a coteacher and balancing work and grad school.
Teachers share wise and creative ways to get to know new students. Eat lunch together, share journals, and, above all, listen.