The 6 Qualities of a Good Teacher (+ 25 Ways to Show them!)

Should the qualities of a good teacher be defined solely by student achievement?

Or should they encompass traits more difficult to measure — such as the capacity to connect emotionally with children?

Among the sea of advice, tips, and quotes on teaching, the best solution is to turn to the research.

We pored through hundreds of pages of scholarship, studies, and firsthand accounts about what defines great teaching.

We discovered 6 key behaviours that make a great teacher — and defined 25 specific, actionable ways to apply those behaviours in the classroom. Start testing them with your students to stimulate a more exciting, dynamic, and engaging experience in your coming lessons!

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60 Teaching Quotes Every Educator Should Read

All teachers cherish the feeling: The thrill of inspiration that comes from inspiring others.

But whether it be writing report cards or managing the classroom, daily stresses can make it hard to keep that inspiration alive.

We’ve dug through dozens of books, teacher magazines, Pinterest boards, and other blogs to find 60 of our favorite motivational quotes for teachers. Re-energize your day or week with these inspiring quotes from some of the world’s greatest educators and thinkers!

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105 Report Card Comments to Use and Adapt

While just about every teacher agrees that report card comments are important, there are few who actually look forward to writing them.

Why?

Because every instructor knows working under tight deadlines to create upwards of 20 unique and detailed reports isn’t exactly straightforward (or particularly fun).

And while no one at your school knows your students better than you do, writing valuable report card comments for each of them can be a huge challenge.

That’s why we created a list of 105 sample report card comments to help you find ideas, inspiration, and insights while writing your own assessments.

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8 Active Learning Strategies and Examples [+ Downloadable List]

As a teacher, one of your biggest challenges is to plan lessons that inspire your students to stay actively involved in the learning process.

But you’ve probably noticed that traditional, teacher-centered learning plans aren’t always conducive to achieving that inspiration.

That’s where active learning strategies come into play. You can use them to empower, engage, and stimulate a classroom by putting students at the center of the learning process.

Get inspired by these 8 strategies that will help students talk more openly, think more creatively and — ultimately — become more engaged in the process of learning.

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Flexible Seating: 21 Awesome Ideas for Your Classroom

As a teacher, you can’t always choose your classroom.

But you can always choose how you arrange it.

That choice — as differentiated instruction research has shown — can have a deep impact on how your students learn.

But even if you’re ready to bring flexible seating into your classroom, visualizing the change can be daunting.

So, what are some actual, easy ways to deploy flexible seating in your very own space?

Find some inspiration in this collection of 21 of our favorite flexible seating ideas. (more…)

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7 Experiential Learning Activities to Engage Students

“Is disengaged.”

“Is easily distracted.”

“Shows no interest in learning.”

No teacher wants to use these phrases to describe a student, but disengagement in schools is a persistent problem — making descriptions such as these all too common in classrooms today.

Experiential learning activities can help students
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