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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.
Songs With Similes
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.
101 Compare and Contrast Essay Topics
These 101 compare and contrast essay topics provide teachers and students with great and fun ideas for compare/contrast essays.
Top Reasons to Become a Teacher
Why become a teacher? There are numerous benefits and rewards! Here's my top ten list.
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.
Songs With Metaphors
Use songs with metaphors to help teach students about this figure of speech.
Top 15 Inspirational Quotes
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.
Write 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.
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.
General Expository Essay Topics
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.
Example of an NHS Speech
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.
Top 10 Themes for Speeches
Here are ten great topics that you can use to form the backbone of your graduation and other speeches.
Top 6 Keys to Being a Successful Teacher
Here are the top six keys to being a successful teacher. All teachers can benefit from focusing on these important qualities.
How to Handle Discipline Problems with...
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.
Learning Styles Educators Should Know
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.
My Best Teaching Experience
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.
What Type of Teacher Are You - Teacher...
What type of teacher personality do you have? Take the teacher personality quiz to find out.
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.
10 Things Teachers Should Not 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.
Pros and Cons of School Uniforms
What are the pros and cons of school uniforms? The debate about their effectiveness continues to rage with parents, students, and teachers.
Top 10 Keys to a Successful Teaching Job...
Read these keys to learn ten things prospective teachers should do in order to have a successful teaching job interview.
Lecture Pros and Cons
Here we look at the pros and cons of using lecture as a teaching method for secondary school educators.
Middle School Debate Topics
Looking for Middle School debate topics? This list of over 60 topics has been written for use in classes throughout the curriculum.
Whole Group Discussion Pros and Cons
Here we look at the pros and cons of using whole group discussion as a teaching method for secondary school educators.
Great Examples of 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.
Top 10 Characteristics of 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.
What Is the Aim of Education?
This article takes a look at the different aims of education that are often cited.
Bloom's Taxonomy in the 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.
Block Scheduling
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.
Hold a Class Debate
a simple how to on holding a class debate, fromyour about.com guide
Ways Students Misbehave and What Teachers Can...
This article looks at how students misbehave and what teachers can do about it.
Top 6 Teacher Tasks
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.
Eight Things Teachers Can Do to Help Students...
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.
Two Methods for Writing Comparison Essays
A chart showing how to organize compare/contrast paragraphs and essays.
Censorship and Book Banning in America
Issues concerning censorship and the banning of books in schools.
Teaching at Private vs. Public Schools
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.
Lesson Plan Template
This lesson plan template guides teachers as they write plans that keep things organized while ensuring the objectives are met. Learn more now.
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.
Top 10 Inspirational Movies for Educators
Want to watch a wonderfully inspiring movie about teaching? Check out these top picks from your Secondary School Educators Guide.
Teacher Interview Questions
Find key teacher interview questions and target answers for questions commonly asked during teacher interviews.
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.
The Responsibilities of Teachers
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.
Definition of Classroom Management
What is classroom management? Find out and learn strategies for effective classroom management.
Top 12 Teaching Interview Mistakes
Interviews can be scary. It is easy to make interview mistakes unless you come prepared. This list of 12 interview mistakes reveals what you should avoid as you approach your next teacher interview.
Writing Teaching Interview Thank You Notes
Find hints and tips to help you write great teaching interview thank you notes.
Top 10 Banned Books
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.
10 Things New Teachers Should Do for 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.
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!
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.
Classroom Icebreakers Educators Should Use
Warm up your classroom atmosphere with icebreakers that put some fun into introductions.
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.
English Curriculum Plan of Study
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.
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.
April Writing Prompts
Writing prompts for each day of April. Use these in class as journal topics or warm up activities. They can be used in classes across the curriculum.
How to Deal With Confrontational Students in...
This article takes a look at methods and tips for dealing with confrontational students in your classroom.
Top 10 Ways to Deal With Teacher Burnout
Teaching can be a very stressful job which can sometimes lead to teacher burnout. This article focuses on the top 10 things you can do to combat teacher burnout.
School Violence
School violence is something that concerns the entire community. How widespread is the problem? What can we do about it?
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.
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.
Debate Rubric
Debates are extremely useful ways to get students to truly participate in class. Use this rubric to help assess classroom debates.
Methods for Presenting 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.
Step-by-Step Instructions to Teach the...
Teaching the Compare Contrast Essay. Use this step-by-step process to help your students write excellent compare/contrast essays. Page 2.
Importance of Effective Teacher Training
This article takes a hard look at why effective teacher training is necessary.
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.
25 Essay Topics for American Government Classes
These 25 essay prompts provide American Government and Civics teachers great ideas and topics for writing assignments.
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.
Student Portfolio Items
Here is a list of possible items that could be included in a student portfolio.
Metaphor Poems
Use metaphor poems to help teach about metaphors and poetry.
Top 10 Graduation Gifts
Here are the top 10 gifts for high school and college graduates. Check out these select graduation gifts.
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.
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.
10 Ways Teachers Can Help Prevent School Violence
Here are 10 ways that teachers can help prevent school violence. Teachers are vital part of prevention and recognizing the ways they can help are paramount. These tips can help teachers as they create a safe environment for all students.
Block Scheduling Teaching Strategies
These teaching tips and strategies help teachers as they implement block scheduling in class. Page 2.
How Budget Cuts Affect Teachers
Teachers and students are greatly affected by educational budget cuts. Here is a look at ten ways that they are adversely affected. Lawmakers should review this before agreeing to cut school budgets.
Effective Teacher Questioning Techniques
Teachers use questions for many reasons. This article looks at teacher questioning skills with advice on how to make it more effective.
Math Curriculum Plan of Study
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.
Pretests
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.
Crafting an Inspiring Speech
Once you have established your theme, use these tips to put all the pieces of an effective speech together. Page 2.
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.
Creating a Positive Learning Environment
A positive learning environment sets the stage for student success. Help ensure that your classroom is positive and effective so that all students can learn.
What is Tenure?
What is tenure? Read this definition to learn more about teacher tenure.
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.
School Uniforms and the Supreme Court
What does the Supreme Court have to say about school uniforms? Learn more here. Page 2.
science week eleven warm ups - questions to...
Week Eleven Science Warm Ups 1. Name the Austrian Monk that laid the foundation for the study of modern
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.
Top Qualities of a Great Teacher
What are the qualities that a great teacher should have? This article takes a look at the eight qualities of a great teacher.
Civil War Photographs Menu
Original photographs from the Civil War. Find images of important people, key battlefields, casualties, weapons, and more.
Teaching the Compare/Contrast Essay
Teaching the Compare Contrast Essay. Use these great worksheets to help your students write excellent compare/contrast essays.
How many electoral votes does a candidate need...
Learn how many electoral votes are required to win the US presidential election.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Two to Ten Minute Activities
These activities take between 2 to 10 minutes and are great to use in the last few minutes of class. Page 2.
Active Listening
Use these steps to help become an effective active listener. Page 2.
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.
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.
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.
Popular Teacher Personality
Are you a popular teacher? Here are the Popular Teacher results from the teacher personality quiz. Of course, all results are nonscientific. Enjoy!
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.
Top 10 States for Average Teacher Pay
Here are the top ten states in the United States for average teacher pay.
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.
Persuasive Writing Prompts
Persuasive writing prompts for various academic classes. These sixty essay prompts can be used across the curriculum to help increase writing skills.
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 Novels for American Literature Classes
Following is a list of some of the top American Literature novels taught in schools across the nation.
Teacher Appreciation Ideas
These twenty teacher appreciation ideas can help you honor teachers and educators during teacher appreciation week or any time during the school year.
Lesson Objectives That Produce Results
Lesson objectives are the first step towards student success. This article looks at ways to create effective lesson objectives.
Strategies for Educators
Use these ideas to help overcome issues that might arise in your classrooms concerning books and censorship. Page 2.
Methods of Professional Growth for Teachers
What methods are available for professional growth and development for teachers? This article looks at methods that teachers can grow in their profession.
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.
Language Arts Warm Ups
Daily language arts warm ups to start students working as soon as class begins.
Kinesthetic Learners
Understand not only the strengths of kinesthetic learners but also strategies to help them learn most effectively.
Ten to Fifteen Minute Activities
These activities take between 10 to 15 minutes and are great to use in the last few minutes of class. Page 3.
Characteristics of an Effective Classroom
This article looks at the characteristics of an effective classroom setting.
Linguistic Intelligence
Here is a profile of the linguistic intelligence from Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences including advice for teachers.
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.
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.
Creating and Using Rubrics
Rubrics are an easy way to grade complicated assignments. Learn why and how to create them.
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.
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.
How to Create Rubrics
Follow these step-by-step instructions that show how to create rubrics that are effective and help make grading easier.
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.
Tips for Successful Parent-Teacher Conferences
Here is a list of ten things to remember and do when you hold parent-teacher conferences.
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.
Journals in the Classroom
Journal writing is an incredibly flexible instructional tool, useful across the entire curriculum. While often used as a class startup activity, it is used primarily to give students an opportunity to speculate on paper, confident that their ideas, observations, emotions, and writing will be accepted without criticism.
How many total electoral votes are there?
How many total electoral votes are there? Find out about the electoral college with this FAQ.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Attention Deficit Disorder
Here is a definition of Attention Deficit Disorder - ADD.
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.
Stages of Cognitive Development
Learn about how Jean Piaget's stages of cognitive development can help you as teach.
All Quiet on the Western Front - Worksheet -...
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.
10 Ways Teachers Can Communicate Expectations...
Here are ten methods teachers can use to communicate their expectations to students.
Active Listening for the Classroom
See how to use active listening to improve students' motivation and communication skills.
Humor in the Classroom
Get a new teaching tip each day to help you in your teaching career. Here is a tip dealing with humor in the classroom.
Extra Credit Strategies
What is the best use of extra credit? How do some teachers misuse it? What strategies can you use to make it work for you and your students? This articles looks at strategies for using extra credit along with things to avoid when giving extra credit.
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.
Top Quotes about Teaching and Education
These collected quotes are for and about teachers and teaching, the noble profession.
Field Trips
Field trips are normally not a required part of the curriculum. This article deals with how teacher can create effective field trips.
Constructing a Bloom's Taxonomy Assessment
Create an assessments using Bloom's Taxonomy as your guide. This article shows you how.
Budget Cuts and Teacher Planning Time
Some school districts have proposed reducing teacher planning time in an effort to fit more classes in the schedule and help with budgetary concerns. However, this is a big mistake. This article looks at the importance of teacher planning time.
Inspirational Quotes from Albert Einstein
Use these inspirational quotes from Albert Einstein in speeches and more.
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.
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.
Brain Teasers
Brain teasers are an excellent way to spend extra time in class. They help increase students' critical thinking skills too!
Profile of Logical Mathematical Intelligence
This look at logical-mathematical intelligence from Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences includes advice to help include this intelligence in lessons.
Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligence
This profile looks at the bodily-kinesthetic intelligence from Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences including advice for teachers' lesson plans.
Science Warm Ups
Here is a list of daily science warm ups that can be used in a general science class.

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