Google Search Tips Poster via ETML

There is much more to efficient Googling than what most of our students know. From the specific order of the words constituting our search query to the use of search operators, Google provides all kinds of tricks for users to implement in order to tap into its full search potential. More


The 5 Rs of Implementing the Common Core State Standards by Margot Carmichael Lester

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) provide consistent education standards across 40-plus states and the District of Columbia, but they’re causing heartburn for some teachers who struggle with implementation. We asked experienced educators for their suggestions on creating effective lessons that support the Common Core. 

1.  Re-engineer Lesson Planning

2.  Rely on Resources

3.  Reflect and Project

4.  Retool Test Prep

5.  Request Help


8 Steps To Ensure Great Communication With Parents – Jeff Dunn

As you’re preparing your lesson plans and classrooms for the first day of school (which may have already happened for some of you!), keeping in touch with parents is probably on your mind. Communicating classroom expectations and other pertinent information at the beginning of the school year is critical to get everyone started off on the right foot. But once you’re done with the beginning of the year communications, your contact with parents shouldn’t happen only when there is a problem or when parent’s night hits the calendar. Keeping open lines of communications with parents throughout the school year helps keep them engaged in their student’s school life, helps keep the student on top of communicating their goals, progress, and needs with their parents, and will ultimately help keep your classroom running a little bit more smoothly, even if it takes a bit of extra thought at the beginning. More

“20 Things 20-Year-Olds Don’t Get” by Jason Nazar

Time is Not a Limitless Commodity – I so rarely find young professionals that have a heightened sense of urgency to get to the next level.  In our 20s we think we have all the time in the world to A) figure it out and B) get what we want.  Time is the only treasure we start off with in abundance, and can never get back.  Make the most of the opportunities you have today, because there will be a time when you have no more of it …More