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Student Portfolios

Having students create portfolios can be a rewarding endeavor. This article looks at how to get started creating portfolios and the benefits of student portfolios.

Active Listening for the Classroom

See how to use active listening to improve students' motivation and communication skills.

Lessons on Plagiarism

Discussion of various ways to fight plagiarism.

Writing Teaching Interview Thank You Notes

Find hints and tips to help you write great teaching interview thank you notes.

Essay Tests

Creating excellent essay tests requires a lot of forethought and planning. This article looks at essay tests as a whole and gives advice about creating and scoring essay tests.

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Thanksgiving Across the Curriculum

Use these great lesson plan ideas to incorporate and teach about Thanksgiving throughout the curriculum.

How to Perform Item Analysis for Objective Tests

Learn how to perform item analysis on objective tests to increase the validity and reliability of your tests in class.

Tips for Creating Effective Multiple Choice Questions

What makes an effective multiple choice question? These tips and hints will help you as you create great multiple choice questions to assess student learning.

Tips to Create Effective Matching Questions for Assessments

Matching questions are a common type of objective test question. These tips can help teachers create effective matching questions for their own assessments.

Creating Effective Fill-in-the-Blank Questions

Fill-in-the-blank questions are used to measure knowledge while reducing guessing. These tips will help you craft effective fill-in-the-blank questions.

Integrating Technology Into the Classroom

Explore the challenges and rewards of integrating technology into the classroom with this article from About.com Guide Melissa Kelly.

Effective Speech Writing

The key to effective speech writing is the development of an awesome theme. This article provides guidance and insight to help create inspiring speeches.

Classroom Rules for Teachers

Melissa Kelly shows her top classroom rules that any teacher can adapt and use to make sure that their class runs smoothly.

Tips for Writing Effective True-False Questions

True-false or alternative response questions can be quite tricky to craft. Here are excellent tips for writing effective true-false questions for assessments.

Beginning of the Year Teacher Strategies

Start the year out right with this to do list of essential strategies for every teacher, especially those new to the profession.

Week 23: The French Revolution

Warm ups provide a great way to get kids working from the first moment of class. These warm up questions about the French Revolution would work great in a World History class.

Week 22: The Enlightenment

Warm ups provide students with a something to do in the first few minutes of class. These World History warm ups focus on the topic of the Enlightenment.

Oral History Project About World War II

This sample student performance assessment has students investigate and present an oral history project based on remembrances of World War II or any war with US involvement.

Science Careers Project Assignment

Science teachers can use this science careers project as a great writing and research assignment for students in their classes.

Graphing Assignment

This graphing assignment is suitable for students in middle school or high school who are learning the basic types of graphs.

Objective Test Taking Tips

Want to do better on objective tests? This article provides a number of tips and ideas to help you succeed on tests.

Back to School Student Questionnaire

This back to school activity has students fill out a questionnaire about themselves. It's a great way to get to know your students on the first day of school.

Tips for Holding a Math Fair

Here are great tips for holding math fairs at your school. Check out these ideas today.

Celebrating Women

It is important to connect with girls and young women by incorporating women's history and contributions throughout the curriculum. Here are some ideas and strategies to accomplish this.

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