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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How to Use Rubics to Make Grading Easier
Rubrics are an easy way to grade complicated assignments. Learn why and how to create them.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Top Reasons to Become a Teacher
Why become a teacher? There are numerous benefits and rewards! Here's my top ten list.
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.
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 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.
11 Songs That Can Teach Students About Metaphors
Use songs with metaphors to help teach students about this figure of speech.
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.
25 Essay Topics for American Government Classes
These 25 essay prompts provide American Government and Civics teachers great ideas and topics for writing assignments.
Holding Those Responsible Accountable
Holding those responsible accountable: how groups outside the schools negatively impact student performance.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Definition of Classroom Management
What is classroom management? Find out and learn strategies for effective classroom management.
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.
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.
Importance of Effective Teacher Training
This article takes a hard look at why effective teacher training is necessary.
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.
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.
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.
What Type of Teacher Are You - Teacher...
What type of teacher personality do you have? Take the teacher personality quiz to find out.
Simple Steps for Holding a Class Debate
a simple how to on holding a class debate, fromyour about.com guide
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.
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.
7 Fun Classroom Icebreakers
Warm up your classroom atmosphere with icebreakers that put some fun into introductions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Constructing a Bloom's Taxonomy Assessment
Create an assessments using Bloom's Taxonomy as your guide. This article shows you how.
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.
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.
Staying Academically Active in the Summer...
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Ways Students Misbehave and What Teachers Can...
This article looks at how students misbehave and what teachers can do about it.
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.
Expository Essays
Expository essay topics for various disciplines written like those on the Florida Writes exam.
Thanksgiving Across the Curriculum
Use these great lesson plan ideas to incorporate and teach about Thanksgiving throughout the curriculum.
What to Teach Students About Censorship and...
Issues concerning censorship and the banning of books in schools.
How to Teach Students to Organize and Write...
Sharpen critical thinking and writing skills by teaching students how to write two comparison essays.
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.
What is Tenure?
What is tenure? Read this definition to learn more about teacher tenure.
How Many Electoral Votes Does a Presidential...
Learn how many electoral votes are required to win the US presidential election.
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.
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.
Inspirational Quotes from Ralph Waldo Emerson
Use these inspirational quotes from Ralph Waldo Emerson in speeches 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 to Include in a Student Portfolio
Here is a list of possible items that could be included in a student portfolio.
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.
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.
Top 10 Themes for Speeches
Here are ten great topics that you can use to form the backbone of your graduation and other speeches.
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.
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.
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!
Teacher Interview Questions
Find key teacher interview questions and target answers for questions commonly asked during teacher interviews.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in Class
Out of the ordinary Thanksgiving lesson plans using the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Page 2.
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.
Debate Rubric
Debates are extremely useful ways to get students to truly participate in class. Use this rubric to help assess classroom debates.
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.
Writing SMART Parent Goals for Evaluation...
Writing a SMART parent goal will help teachers and administrators develop the evidence to demonstrate how successful they were in engaging parents.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Inspirational Quotes from Albert Einstein
Use these inspirational quotes from Albert Einstein in speeches and more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Two Compare/Contrast Prewriting Charts
Two different types of compare/contrast charts with instructions.
Field Trips: Pros and Cons
Learn all about the pros and cons of taking students on educational field trips.
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.
Student Portfolios
What are student portfolios? What is their purpose? This glossary entry takes a look at the definition of student portfolios.
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.
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.
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.
November Writing Prompts
Writing prompts for each day of November. These prompts can be used as journal topics or warm up activities in classes across the curriculum.
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.
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.
Write a Five Paragraph Essay
a simple how to on writing a five-paragraph essay.
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 Create Rubrics
Follow these step-by-step instructions that show how to create rubrics that are effective and help make grading easier.
10 Ways Budget Cuts Hurt Teachers and Their...
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.
Paragraph Structure
Learn the most popular format for writing paragraphs from About.com Secondary Education expert Melissa Kelly.
Winter Holiday Activities for the Middle and...
Here is Part I of winter holiday activities for middle and high school classrooms.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How Widespread Is School Violence?
School violence is something that concerns the entire community. How widespread is the problem? What can we do about it?
Characteristics of an Effective Classroom
This article looks at the characteristics of an effective classroom setting.
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.
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.
December Writing Prompts
Writing prompts for each day of December. These prompts can be used as journal topics or warm up activities in classes across the curriculum.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tips for Successful Parent-Teacher Conferences
Here is a list of ten things to remember and do when you hold parent-teacher conferences.
Field Trips
Field trips are normally not a required part of the curriculum. This article deals with how teacher can create effective field trips.
Metaphor Poems
Use metaphor poems to help teach about metaphors and poetry.
Common Core English Language Arts Standards
Learn all about the Common Core English Language Arts Standards adopted by 45 states and how they affect you and your lessons.
Top Quotes about Teaching and Education
These collected quotes are for and about teachers and teaching, the noble profession.
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.
Language Arts Warm Ups
Daily language arts warm ups to start students working as soon as class begins.
Compare-Contrast Prewriting Chart
Here is instructions for creating a compare/contrast prewriting chart that you can use in class today.
10 Ways Teachers Can Communicate Expectations...
Here are ten methods teachers can use to communicate their expectations to students.
Can Integrated Curriculum Educate Students at a...
Integrating curriculum can take a child's understanding to a new level. This article looks at many ideas to help find connections between classes.
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.
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.
Classroom Arrangement
Learn about classroom arrangement methods including where to place the teacher desk, student desks, and seating charts.
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.
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.
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.
Top 10 Concerns of Math Teachers
Here are the top ten concerns of math teachers.

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