Do the CCSS Inhibit Creativity?

Since its inception in 2009, the Common Core State Standards, or CCSS, has accumulated a bad rep from teachers, parents, and students alike. They believe that the standards restrict creativity in education. Today, we’re taking a closer look at the CCSS to find out if it’s as unaccomodating as it’s made out to be.

So far, 45 states and the District of Columbia have adopted Common Core standards. Many teachers who teach around the CCSS have been very vocal. It is surprising to note that they do not have a problem with the standards but rather the supporting assessments to measure whether or not these standards are being achieved.

One source of complaint is math, which has been heavily criticized for the CCSS’s new notoriously roundabout and overly-complex methods of solving math problems. This has been a great source of confus…


8 Tech Tools That Motivate Students to Read More At Home

Fact: Nearly one third of fourth- and eighth-grade students are reading at or above proficiency levels—putting the majority of students in the category of “struggling reader.”

Fact: The more students read, the better they get.

Fact: There are a variety of tools available to teachers that motivate students to read more at home, where they spend a vast majority of their time.

Whether or not your students have books, reading confidence, or parental support to encourage reading at home, you can still help them spend more time reading with these tools.


Non-fiction reading can hook struggling readers—so long as they find something they enjoy reading about. When they do find a subject they like, the…


Nelson Beats the Odds: Author of the ADHD Comic on the Power of Encouragement

A reflection of his own experiences of being diagnosed with ADHD and a learning disability, Ronnie Sidney speaks up for underrepresented special ed students in his creative and witty narrative, Nelson Beats the Odds. Entertaining, heartbreaking, but ultimately triumphant, Sidney’s comic book sheds light on the difficulties students placed in special education face.

The story revolves around a young boy named Nelson who is starting his first day in middle school. Sidney illustrates Nelson’s behavior in the classroom, aligning with the classic signs of ADHD: inattentiveness, disinterest, and frequent daydreaming. Nelson’s parents are devastated to learn that their son has a learning disability. Nelson quickly learns what it means to be “different,” and begins to hide the recent develop…


Teach100 Mentors: How Customizable Is Your Classroom?

Just as every teacher has their own style of teaching, each also has his or her own style when it comes to classroom design.

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And those choices matter. Remember this infographic?

From posters on the wall to books on the shelves, desk arrangements to desk lamps, teachers make a lot of choices about what their learning spaces look and feel like. It's a quick breakdown of the major ways can have an imp…


INFOGRAPHIC: Prevalence, Requirements, and Outlook for Teaching Students with Special Education Needs

This interactive infographic (courtesy of Saint Joseph's) illustrates current and future special needs education outlook for each of the fifty states in the US.

Currently, 6,480,540 disabled students live in America, dispersed in varying concentrations across the country. On this map, the different shades of green that color the US map range from a pale green, representing only 20,000 disabled students with special education needs, to a dark green, signifying a staggering 600,000 disabled students. These stu…


From Teacher to Elementary School Principal: 8 Questions with Alicia Bowman

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 and current profession?


How to Choose an LMS for Your Classroom

Learning Management Systems have grown significantly in both power and effectiveness since the first computer-based "e-learning" systems were developed in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

The current market is divided into a number of different categories of systems all designed for distinct segments of the educational process. The Learning Management System or LMS is aimed at promoting a framework in which the entire educational cycle can be presented and managed.

At its heart, an LMS is a delivery mechanism as opposed to an authoring platform or research tool. This is not to say some LMS platforms allow course construction. Rather it clarifies the focus of the toolset. For example, the purpose of an LMS like Brightspace, is to not only deliver educational coursework, exams an…

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