Keeping 1st Period Energized

It’s no secret that American high school students have a sleep problem. Yes, a fair percentage of teenagers stay up too late texting or playing video games. However, the root of the problem rests in how early in the morning high school begins. I still fondly (not really) remember 1st-period Calculus my senior year – plopping down in my chair at 7:25 AM, wanting nothing more than to go back to sleep.

 

4 Skills You Need to Teach Your Students for the Future World of Work

To move ahead with times, we all need to upgrade our skill sets. To make our future knowledge more competitive, we need to go beyond the limitations of the traditional knowledge and prepare them for future industry requirements. The big question is that: How can you contribute as a teacher to make your students future-ready?

 

8 Questions with a Wealth Manager

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 Teach.com 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.

Promoting Students’ Physical Health and Wellness

As a teacher, you’re (hopefully) diligent in helping your students stay healthy during this beast of a flu season. But promoting good health extends further than just preventing sickness. Students’ overall health and wellness affect everything from their academic performance to success later in life.

 

5 Ways to Use Polling Tools in the Classroom

It’s fun to work with actively engaged and enthusiastic students. But holding the attention of distracted kids or making the quiet ones participate can be a big challenge that requires some extra effort and creativity.

To get students excited about the learning process, teachers should not only rely on lectures but also incorporate interactive, hands-on activities in the classroom.

 

Lessons from PARCC’s Sudden Rise and Rapid Fall: Budgets and Data

We discussed last week how PARCC, the standardized test born of the Race to the Top program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, has gradually fallen out of favor with schools and why. (We specifically discussed how it, like many standardized tests, can disrupt instruction and subject students to long slogs of test prep, while reducing teachers to proctorship).