Infographic: Why Classroom Design Matters More Than You Think

We could describe the seating formations that are best for group discussions vs. test-taking, but it's a lot easier to show you. This infographic takes a look at the way your classroom's look and feel could be affecting your students' learning. Did you know more exposure to daylight can lead to 26% higher test scores? We didn't either. (We'll wait while you take an axe to your walls).

Scroll on to learn about light, color, and even wall decor choices that can create the best possible environment for learning in your classroom.


Growth Mindset: Tips for Motivating a Struggling Student

Lacking motivation, trouble staying focussed, difficulty taking direction and general withdrawal – all teachers will recognise the signs of a struggling student.

Seeing a student encounter difficulty can be upsetting, especially if you have a large class size and feel unable to spend the necessary time with them. However, there are some growth mindset activities you can integrate into your classroom, and some ways in which you can utilise this way of thinking yourself as a teacher, to provide some much-needed support and motivation.

"Growth Mindset" is a theory pioneered by Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D, and it outlines that all brains can be “trained” or developed over time.



From Teacher to EdTech Coach: 8 Questions with Chris Aviles

8 QUESTIONS is a series of interviews with teachers who have effectively transitioned their classroom skills into new and exciting careers in the field of education. We at believe that teaching is a rigorous and diverse classroom in and of itself; the skills learned “in the trenches” can translate into an exciting portfolio of professional options. From education tech to consulting, the only “X factor” is where you want to go — our interviews hope to shine a light on the steps it takes to get there.

1. What’s your name, location, current profession?


Choosing the Right TEFL Destination for You

Are you dreaming of jetting off to foreign shores to live and work abroad? If you’re planning on studying for a Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL), or you’ve recently qualified, the question of where you’ll go to teach may seem like a tricky one to answer. With such a huge range of countries to choose from, which should you pick?

I understand just how overwhelming the decision can be, which is why I’ve gathered together a few tips on whittling down that long list of possibilities to find the destination that’s right for you.

1. Make lists and do research.

When choosing your perfect TEFL location, lists are your friend — especially if you have a few destinations to pick from or you have a totally open mind and have no preference yet.


Interactive Learning for Student Engagement and Success

New and effective teaching strategies are something today’s educators are constantly on the lookout for. Finding strategies that also meet the Common Core requirements as well as keep students engaged can be especially difficult to discover. However, many of the most successful teachers out there have found a way to do both with profound success.

These education professionals are using interactive learning strategies to engage their students. They are taking real-world problems, bringing them into the classroom and allowing students to dig into them and develop their own solutions.

Studies published by Northeastern University have shown that teachers who actively engage the classroom by developing interactive projects and then lead class discussion about the topic increase


Teach100 Mentor: First-Year Teacher Mentoring

Though most teachers experience some back-to-school jitters in September, first year teachers undoubtedly have the most anxiety to cope with. From navigating paperwork and logistics to managing classrooms full of students, the learning curve can be steep.

That's why so many schools have adopted first-year teaching mentoring programs--including 60% of our surveyed Teach100 Mentors, who also report having mostly been mentored during their own first year (67%).

So how important is this practice, and how much does it actually help with retention (undoubtedly the desired result)?

We asked our Teach100Mentors and here's what they had to say:

Have you mentored other teachers? What did you learn from the experience? What did you need to provide assistance or guid…


SPED Talks: Knowing When to Move on from Tim Villegas, Founder of Think Inclusive

SPED Talks is an essay series dedicated to--like TED talks--sharing “ideas worth spreading” in the Special Education community. The topics, experiences, and points of view are all different, but the prompt for our writers--education professionals from all walks of life--is always the same: “What do you wish people understood about Special Education?”

Recently I took a job at another school down the road from the one that I taught at for the last seven years. It was a hard decision because the school faculty and administrators were my family and support system for a long time, but it wasn’t a decision I made lightly. Here is how I made that difficult decision and what factors impacted my journey in taking a leap of faith.

I recently invested in a new venture called …

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