Which Online ESL Company Is Best, VIPKID, QKids, SayABC, or DaDa?

Many professionals have been looking into the plethora of online teaching platforms that are popping up. Specifically, the ESL tutoring companies based in China, have been marketing themselves as flexible, easy to teach, and allows remote work. Based on what I learned from a year of applying for remote work, these companies are legitimate ways … Continue reading Which Online ESL Company Is Best, VIPKID, QKids, SayABC, or DaDa?

The Myth That Parents “Just Reading More” With Struggling Readers And How To Better Practice Reading

Many families have heard or used the advice that if your students is struggling to read, the "best thing you [parents] can do is read more." While students certainly have to read to become better readers, students need specific skills to successfully read a book. Without those skills, trying to read a book is going … Continue reading The Myth That Parents “Just Reading More” With Struggling Readers And How To Better Practice Reading

6 Part Time And Flexible Jobs For Teachers To Earn Money

It was slightly depressing to write this article, but unfortunately there is a need for public educators to make extra income. If you happen to fall into that boat, check out these options. This list of jobs is specifically beneficial because these positions do not require years of experience, and are not as highly competitive … Continue reading 6 Part Time And Flexible Jobs For Teachers To Earn Money

How To Create An Explicit Writing Curriculum or Unit

Explicit writing instruction is hard to come by. Historically, teachers have encouraged students to write and read more to become better writers. That definitely is true, but for a large portion of our young writers, they need more explicit or direct instruction. Telling students how to write is not considered explicit instruction. Explicit instruction is … Continue reading How To Create An Explicit Writing Curriculum or Unit

This Is What Parents Need To Know About greatschools.org Ratings

Great Schools has done a fantastic job providing a user friendly experience for parents to rate their local schools. It's even started integrating with websites like Zillow to help home buyers avoid bad schools. However, can a school's worth be boiled down to just one number? Parents want to know their child's school is going … Continue reading This Is What Parents Need To Know About greatschools.org Ratings

5 Math Curriculums Every School And Homeschool Family Should Know

Math has become an ongoing topic for our country. Whether you are a teacher trying to ensure your diverse students will be prepared for state tests, or you are a parent who is trying to work with a struggling child, math can be stressful. There is a current perception that math something you "get" or … Continue reading 5 Math Curriculums Every School And Homeschool Family Should Know

10 Fun Ways To Assess Learning (InfoGraphic Included)

Traditional tests can be so boring with regular multiple choice tests. Helping kids show actual learning can help keep teachers' sanity, help foster creativity, and keeps kids engaged. The more students can show what they know with non-traditional testing, the more engaged students will be. Here are a few tips to increase engagement with assessments … Continue reading 10 Fun Ways To Assess Learning (InfoGraphic Included)