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Secondary Education: Most Popular Articles

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60 Debate Topics for High School Classes
Looking for High School debate topics? This list of over 60 topics has been written for use in classes throughout the curriculum.
Great Topics for Middle School Debate Class
Looking for Middle School debate topics? This list of over 60 topics has been written for use in classes throughout the curriculum.
101 Topics for Compare and Contrast Essays
These 101 compare and contrast essay topics provide teachers and students with great and fun ideas for compare/contrast essays.
Should Schools Change to Year Round Education?
Year round education is an idea that's been around for a long time. This article takes an in depth look at the pros and cons of using this system.
Topics for Argumentative Essays
Argumentative essays require the writer to pick a side and present well-researched points in favor of their position. This list of 51 topics for argumentative essays can be used in classes throughout the curriculum.
How to Write Effective Lesson Plans
Writing lesson plans does not have to be difficult. In fact, this is the time when a teacher can really get creative. Here is a simple how-to on how to create effective lesson plans.
Songs that Teach Simile
Want to find songs that include similes? This list looks at songs that including similes in them for use in language arts and other classes.
15 Inspirational Quotes to Use in a Speech
Need to write a speech and searching for an inspirational quote? This list provides fifteen key inspirational quotes that are great for speeches along with links for further quotes.
61 General Expository Essay Topic Ideas to...
General expository essay topics that can be used in any discipline. Here are 61 sample essay prompts to use in any class across the curriculum.
How to Use Rubics to Make Grading Easier
Rubrics are an easy way to grade complicated assignments. Learn why and how to create them.
Holding Debates in Middle School Classes
Holding debates in middle school classes can be quite effective. They also present their own challenges. This article looks at the benefits and issues involved.
Top 10 Tips for Classroom Discipline and...
Here are ten tips that can lead to successful classroom discipline and management. These tips can help you cut down on discipline problems and leave you with fewer interruptions and disruptions.
11 Songs That Can Teach Students About Metaphors
Use songs with metaphors to help teach students about this figure of speech.
25 Essay Topics for American Government Classes
These 25 essay prompts provide American Government and Civics teachers great ideas and topics for writing assignments.
How Many Electoral Votes Does a Presidential...
Learn how many electoral votes are required to win the US presidential election.
Top Reasons to Become a Teacher
Why become a teacher? There are numerous benefits and rewards! Here's my top ten list.
School Uniforms: What Are the Pros and Cons?
What are the pros and cons of school uniforms? The debate about their effectiveness continues to rage with parents, students, and teachers.
Tips for New Teachers on Managing Your Classroom
Discipline problems are listed as the major concern for most new teachers. What can teachers expect and how can they effectively handle discipline problems? Classroom management combined with an effective discipline plan is the key.
7 Fun Classroom Icebreakers
Warm up your classroom atmosphere with icebreakers that put some fun into introductions.
Holding Those Responsible Accountable
Holding those responsible accountable: how groups outside the schools negatively impact student performance.
How to Turn Classroom Misbehavior into Triumph
Every teacher can recount numerous highs and lows in their teaching career. Here is my best teaching experience by far. It taught me a lot, and I hope it can help you in areas of student misbehavior also.
How to Create Effective Classroom Rules
Melissa Kelly shows her top classroom rules that any teacher can adapt and use to make sure that their class runs smoothly.
How to Use Bloom's Taxonomy in Your Classroom
Bloom's Taxonomy categorizes levels of questions. Explore the taxonomy and find ways to implement each level in lesson plans and tests in your classroom.
How Many Total Electoral Votes Are There?
All the information you need to understand the electoral college, including how many votes a candidate needs to win the presidency.
10 Ways to Know You Teach in a Quality School
Ever wonder what it takes to be a quality school? Want to know if the school where you are teaching or attending is effective? This list highlights the top 10 characteristics of a quality school.
Top 10 Mnemonic Devices
Mnemonic devices are memory tools that can help students as they learn key facts. This list looks at some of the major mnemonic devices that you can use with your students.
Create a Effective Lesson Plan with This Simple...
This lesson plan template guides teachers as they write plans that keep things organized while ensuring the objectives are met. Learn more now.
Private vs. Public Schools: What It's Like to...
Are you considering teaching at a private school? Are you interested in the key differences between public and private schools? This article takes a look at these differences to help you make a decision of whether teaching at a public or a private school is the best option for you.
Definition of Classroom Management
What is classroom management? Find out and learn strategies for effective classroom management.
5 Things You Should Consider Before Becoming a...
Here are the top 5 things that you should consider before you make the plunge and become a teacher.
8 Teacher Behaviors That Help Students Succeed
Helping students grow and succeed is the goal of every teacher. This article looks at eight things that you can do to foster student success.
What Type of Teacher Are You - Teacher...
What type of teacher personality do you have? Take the teacher personality quiz to find out.
What All Educators Should Know About Learning...
This article looks at the three different learning styles and helps teachers find ways to use learning styles to increase their effectiveness in the classroom. It also covers challenges and concerns when dealing with learning styles.
Celebrating Black History Month - African...
Learn the history of Black History Month and find great resources to help integrate it into your class.
Simple Steps for Holding a Class Debate
a simple how to on holding a class debate, fromyour about.com guide
How to Facilitate Learning
One of the key roles for teachers is to facilitate learning for students. This article highlights a number of ways that teachers can facilitate student learning to help them succeed.
The Purpose of Tests
What is the purpose of tests? Why do teachers give assessments at all? This article takes a closer look at the ways that tests are used in and out of the classroom.
Managing Student Conduct
Managing student conduct can seem scary, especially to newer teachers. However, it is one of the main tasks teachers have in order to maintain an academic classroom environment. This article looks at the steps teachers need to take for effective classroom discipline and classroom management.
February Writing Prompts
These writing prompts can be used each day in class for the month of February. They are also great for journal topics or warm up activities.
6 Daily Tasks All Teachers Really Do
What do teachers really do? Every task that teachers perform falls under one of six categories. Here are those top six teacher tasks with information and tools to help you enhance your teaching experience.
6 Key Traits of the Most Successful Teachers
Here are the top six keys to being a successful teacher. All teachers can benefit from focusing on these important qualities.
How to Teach the Compare and Contrast Essay
Teaching the Compare Contrast Essay. Use these great worksheets to help your students write excellent compare/contrast essays.
How many electors does each state have?
How many electors does each state have? Find out about the electoral college with these links to detailed information.
Block Scheduling: What Are the Pros and Cons?
Block scheduling is a method of restructuring schools to give a student more time in each class during a day. Learn about the pros and cons of this idea.
Ideas for Substitute Teachers With No Lesson...
This article provides substitute teachers with numerous great ideas that they can use when faced with no lesson plans or with time left over after lessons are completed in class.
Planning Instruction
One of the six main tasks that teachers perform is planning, developing, and organizing instruction. Planning instruction is the key to a teacher's sanity. This article focuses on the tools that can help you plan, develop, and organize instruction effectively.
Icebreaker Activity
Use this scavenger hunt icebreaker to help you get a group or class acquainted and involved. Have them fill out the 30 categories listed for this activity.
10 Things New Teachers Should Do on the First...
Got the first day jitters? Here are ten things that new teachers should do before their first day of school to ensure a smooth beginning to the school year.
Do You Use Lectures to Teach? Learn the Pros...
Here we look at the pros and cons of using lecture as a teaching method for secondary school educators.
Top 10 Worst Things a Teacher Can Do
This list provides a look at what teachers should avoid doing in class in order to ensure that they maintain control and provide students with the best educational experience possible.
Ways Students Misbehave and What Teachers Can...
This article looks at how students misbehave and what teachers can do about it.
Why Teachers Should Not Take Their Responsibili...
There are many responsibilities that go along with a teaching career. This article takes a look at these teacher responsibilities and explains why they are part and parcel of teaching as a career.
Expository Essays
Expository essay topics for various disciplines written like those on the Florida Writes exam.
Varying Assignments to Enhance Student Learning...
Learn about the reason why we as teachers must not only vary instruction but also assignments and methods for evaluation.
What You Should Cover in a High School English...
Here is a sample high school English plan of study. This plan of study shows a progression of courses through the standard four years of high school.
Teacher Interview Questions
Find key teacher interview questions and target answers for questions commonly asked during teacher interviews.
Which states have the most electoral votes?
Which states have the most electoral votes? Find out about the electoral college with this FAQ.
Classroom Management Tips for Substitute Teachers
This collection of great classroom management tips are focused on the specific issues that substitute teachers face on a daily basis.
How to Get Started with 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.
Constructing a Bloom's Taxonomy Assessment
Create an assessments using Bloom's Taxonomy as your guide. This article shows you how.
Inspirational Quotes from Ralph Waldo Emerson
Use these inspirational quotes from Ralph Waldo Emerson in speeches and more.
Importance of Teacher Reflection
Part of growing in the teaching profession comes from reflecting on the good and the not-so-good in our day-to-day teaching. This article explores the importance of teacher reflection, provides methods for reflection, and then gives advice on what to do with the information learned.
An Example to Inspire a National Honor Society...
Here is an example of a speech organized around a central theme. It was given at an induction ceremony for the National Honor Society. Page 3.
10 Controversial Banned Books (We Still Teach...
Want to know more about the types of books that are being banned and the reason why they are banned? This looks at ten books that are often banned books or attempted to be banned in the United States.
Create a Lesson Plan Calendar
An effective planning tool for lessons throughout the year is a lesson plan calendar. This how to will go through the steps of creating a lesson plan calendar which you can refer to as you plans units and individual lessons throughout the year.
Staying Academically Active in the Summer...
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Profile of Spatial Intelligence - One of...
Here is a profile of the spatial intelligence from Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences including advice for teachers to help include this intelligence in their lesson plans.
8 Ways to Foster Discipline in Schools
Discipline in schools is of major concern to teachers, administrators, and parents. But how do we foster discipline in schools? This article looks at ways to increase discipline in schools through effective classroom management techniques and more.
Topic Sentence Examples
Topic sentences provide focus for individual paragraphs. Following are 30 topic sentence examples that you can use as models for students and in class.
Create Lesson Objectives that Get Results
Lesson objectives are the first step towards student success. This article looks at ways to create effective lesson objectives.
Teacher Housekeeping Tasks
One of the six key teacher tasks is taking care of housekeeping and record keeping tasks. The way that a teacher handles these tasks says a lot about their classroom organization skills. With effective and easy-to-use systems in place, teachers will be able to spend more time focusing on actually instructing and interacting with their students.
What is Tenure?
What is tenure? Read this definition to learn more about teacher tenure.
Field Trips: Pros and Cons
Learn all about the pros and cons of taking students on educational field trips.
What to Teach Students About Censorship and...
Issues concerning censorship and the banning of books in schools.
What to Include in a Student Portfolio
Here is a list of possible items that could be included in a student portfolio.
Grades and Grading Policies
What do grades really mean? What is their purpose? It is important as teachers that we examine our attitudes about grades and grading.
How to Be a Teacher
There are many paths to becoming a teacher. This article gives an overview of the different ways a person can use to reach their goal.
Debate Rubric
Debates are extremely useful ways to get students to truly participate in class. Use this rubric to help assess classroom debates.
All Quiet on the Western Front
Have your students answer these questions as a companion to the movie, 'All Quiet on the Western Front' based on the novel by Erich Remarque.
Bloom's Taxonomy Questions
These handy question stems provides teachers with a great aid as they write questions for each level of Bloom's Taxonomy.
Language Arts Warm Ups
Daily language arts warm ups to start students working as soon as class begins.
Top 10 Themes for Speeches
Here are ten great topics that you can use to form the backbone of your graduation and other speeches.
Importance of Keeping School Websites Updated
The school website is the front door of the school, a place to welcome all virtual visitors and to make that great first impression.
Impact of Teacher's Words and Actions
Teachers have a huge impact on student lives. This article takes a look at how much influence they truly have and why they have to be very careful in the messages they give students.
Profile of Existential Intelligence
Here is a profile of the existential intelligence from Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences with advice for teachers to help include this intelligence in lessons.
Pros and Cons of Using Movies in Class
Many teachers wonder about the use of movies within their classroom. This article takes a look at the pros and cons of using movies in class.
Naturalist Intelligence
Here is a profile of the naturalist intelligence from Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences including advice to help include this in their lessons.
Pretests are an extremely effective tool for teachers. They can help teachers assess the content of their lessons and let teachers know where students need extra help. This article focuses on pretests and their uses.
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.
Science Warm Ups
Here is a list of daily science warm ups that can be used in a general science class.
Social Studies Warm Ups
Links to sites that offer questions (in Geography, American History and World History) to start students working as soon as class begins.
The Pros and Cons of Whole Group Discussion
Here we look at the pros and cons of using whole group discussion as a teaching method for secondary school educators.
Why did the Founding Fathers create electors?
Why did the Founding Fathers create electors? Learn the reasoning behind why the creators of the US Constitution included the electoral college to select the president.
Brain Teasers Are a Fun, Quick Way to Teach...
Brain teasers are an excellent way to spend extra time in class. They help increase students' critical thinking skills too!
Qualities of a Good Principal
What are the qualities of a good principal? What makes a school principal effective? This article examines nine characteristics that school administrators should have.
What Do You Think Is the True Aim of Education?
This article takes a look at the different aims of education that are often cited.
10 Methods for Teaching Subject Matter
There are many methods for presenting subject matter to students. This list presents the most common methods that teachers use to present subject matter with further advice and information.
How to Teach Students to Organize and Write...
Sharpen critical thinking and writing skills by teaching students how to write two comparison essays.
Importance of Effective Teacher Training
This article takes a hard look at why effective teacher training is necessary.
Fair and Balanced Teacher Personality
Are you fair and balanced as a teacher? Here are the Fair and Balanced results from the teacher personality quiz. Of course, all results are nonscientific. Enjoy!
How to Deal with Late Work and Make Up Work
Late work and make up assignments can often cause a classroom management nightmare for teachers. Here are some tips, ideas, and possible policies for dealing with late work.
What is the electoral college?
Learn about the electoral college including how the electors are chosen and what a faithful elector is.
Booker Taliaferro Washington - African-American...
Here is a biography on the life of Booker T. Washington. It was created using the educational biographical framework.
Restroom Use
Teachers everywhere have to figure out a way to deal with restroom use during their class. Here are some tips and ideas to help as you create your own restroom use policy.
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.
Suggested Courses for a High School Math...
Here is a sample high school mathematics plan of study. This plan of study shows a progression of courses through the standard four years of high school.
The Most Effective Ways to Deal With Confrontat...
This article takes a look at methods and tips for dealing with confrontational students in your classroom.
10 Key Tips for a Successful Teaching Job...
Read these keys to learn ten things prospective teachers should do in order to have a successful teaching job interview.
Two Compare/Contrast Prewriting Charts
Two different types of compare/contrast charts with instructions.
Movie Lesson Plan Ideas
Want to get some ideas for how you can increase the educational value of movies you show in the classroom? This article can help you find different methods for including movies in your lesson plans.
What Does it Mean to Be a Kinesthetic Learner?
Understand not only the strengths of kinesthetic learners but also strategies to help them learn most effectively.
Creating an Academic Environment
Creating an academic environment can often be a real challenge. In fact, many students are shocked that you even wish to try.
Visual Learners
This profile of visual learners helps teachers and students understand not only the strengths of visual learners but also strategies to help them learn most effectively.
Teaching Job Interview Answer: What are your...
What is the target answer for the teaching job interview question: What are your strengths and weaknesses? Find the best answer and answers to avoid here.
Interpersonal Intelligence
This profile of the interpersonal intelligence from Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences includes advice to help include this intelligence in lessons.
Social Studies Curriculum Plan of Study
Here is a sample high school Social Studies plan of study. This plan of study shows a progression of courses through the standard four years of high school.
Expository Prompts
This article provides over seventy five expository prompts for disciplines across the curriculum to help you come up with great ideas for essays.
Top 8 Free Apps for Biology Teachers
These eight apps are excellent resources for biology teachers and students, and the best part is that they are free! Check them out today.
"Find Your Kind" Is a Great Student Icebreaker
Use this cool icebreaker to help introduce students to each other while allowing you to find out more about them.
What to Do If Your Students Come to Class...
Missing school supplies can be the bane of many teacher's existence. Learn two different methods of dealing with this issue.
Top 10 Tips for Student Teachers
Student teachers and their instructors can use these top ten tips to help them be more effective in their initial teaching assignments.
Profile of Intrapersonal Intelligence
This profile of the intrapersonal intelligence from Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences includes advice to include this intelligence in lessons.
Classroom Arrangement
Learn about classroom arrangement methods including where to place the teacher desk, student desks, and seating charts.
Science Curriculum Plan of Study
Here is a sample high school science plan of study. This plan of study shows a progression of courses through the standard four years of high school.
Creating a Tardy Policy
Dealing with tardy students is an important part of any teacher's job. Finding a tardy policy that works for you is extremely important. If you allow students to be tardy then you will be setting a precedent that will get worse throughout the year. Therefore, it is very important that you set up a workable system for dealing with tardies from the very beginning.
The Prewriting Stage of the Writing Process
The prewriting stage of the writing process is extremely important. This article looks at key strategies that students can use as they prepare for a writing assignment.
Appropriate Consequences for Student Misbehavior
What are appropriate and logical consequences for student misbehavior? This article looks at appropriate responses and consequences to aid with classroom management.
Multiple Intelligences
Howard Gardner developed the theory of multiple intelligences to challenge the idea that IQ tests measure an individual's potential. Discover his theory.
Methods to Deal With Tardy Students
This article highlights methods that teachers can use to deal with tardy students.
Teacher Role: Curriculum Expert
One of the main expectations for teachers is that they are curriculum experts. This article examines this teacher role and provides ideas on how teachers can become knowledge specialists.
What Is an Assistant Principal?
What Is an Assistant Principal? Read this article and find out what an assistant principal's duties consist of, what education is required, and typical salaries for the position.
Inspirational Quotes from Albert Einstein
Use these inspirational quotes from Albert Einstein in speeches and more.
Linguistic Intelligence
Here is a profile of the linguistic intelligence from Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences including advice for teachers.
Field Trips
Field trips are normally not a required part of the curriculum. This article deals with how teacher can create effective field trips.
geography warm ups for everyday- questions to...
Daily social studies warm ups to start students working as soon as class begins.
Effective Praise
Giving students effective praise is an important part of teaching. This article looks at the steps and the tips for giving effective praise.
Week One Language Arts Warm Ups
Daily language arts warm ups to start students working as soon as class begins. Week one's warm ups focus on capitalization.
Fire Drills
Fire drills happen a couple of times a year. What is your responsibility as a teacher. How do you prepare and lead during a fire drill? This articles covers the most important steps to being prepared and leading during a fire drill.
Metaphor Worksheet
Use this metaphor worksheet as you teach students about metaphors.
3 Argument Strategies to Use with Students
A debate, a forum, or a poll are argument strategies that can help motivate students in any discipline in the secondary classroom.
Reading Comprehension Strategies
Learn about 10 easy and effective strategies to help students with their reading comprehension.
10 Ways Teachers Can Communicate Expectations...
Here are ten methods teachers can use to communicate their expectations to students.
Teaching Paragraph Structure
Learn the most popular format for writing paragraphs from About.com Secondary Education expert Melissa Kelly.
How to Create Rubrics
Follow these step-by-step instructions that show how to create rubrics that are effective and help make grading easier.
Active Listening
Use these steps to help become an effective active listener. Page 2.
State Versus National Standards
Standards are created to ensure that students from one classroom to another are taught the same basic information in a particular subject. The confusion comes in with periodic changes to standards along with the number of different standards available to a teacher for any one subject.
Student Portfolios
What are student portfolios? What is their purpose? This glossary entry takes a look at the definition of student portfolios.
Top 10 To Do's for Teachers During Summer...
Here are ten things that teachers can do during summer vacation to help prepare for the next school year.
Curriculum Development
Curriculum is not standardized throughout the nation or even within each state. From district to district, actual plans of study often vary widely. This article looks at the reasons for this lack of cohesiveness in creating a national curriculum and overarching plan of study. It then creates a sample plan of study that leads to further curriculum resources for teachers.
Top 8 Works of Shakespeare for High School...
It is important that students are exposed to one of the greatest writers in the English language. These plays are some of the most widely used in high school classes.

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