Trent’s Teacher Tips: The Best Thing You Can Do in May to Reduce Stress and Enjoy Summer

The year's almost over, but before you know it the next one's beginning.'s a quick recap:Go to your filing cabinet or files on your computer where you keep your … [Read more...]

Start of the Year Time Saving Tips for Teachers: Read This During Your Next Meeting

A Cautionary Tale about Teacher Time Management Ms. Needtogetready had been working hard during the two days of "teacher instruction" leading up to the start of the new school year. Then she realized—seconds before her … [Read more...]

First Year Teacher Tips: How to not Want to Drive Your Car into the Side of a Building

My first year teaching was nearly 20 years ago. And although I've suppressed many of the horrors that accompanied it, I get uncontrollable tremors from time to time.If only I had first year teacher tips like these, I … [Read more...]

Back to School Tips for Teachers: The #1 Back to School Tip You Need

Being a teacher and being a Browns fan are quite similar. In August when the start of things are right around the corner, there's a lot of fake optimism. We say the right things only because showing any signs of negativity … [Read more...]

Happy Teacher Appreciation Day

I just graded 79 research papers. I'm in a dark, dark place right now. … [Read more...]

Things Teachers Do: The 5 Stupidest Lesson Ideas Ever!

In honor of National Teacher Appreciation Day (May 5) and as a memorial to the great Moe Howard (Three Stooges), who died on May 4, 1975, I bring you "The 5 Stupidest Lesson Ideas Ever," all of which I have actually done in … [Read more...]

What to Do Between Thanksgiving and Christmas

At ELA Common Core Lesson Plans, we care about you. That's why I went away from the standard lesson plan post to give you some advice to stay healthy for the holidays.The three weeks between Thanksgiving break and … [Read more...]

Five Things Teachers Can Do to Reduce Stress

I rolled out of bed this morning, looked at the calendar, did a little math, and wept. School starts in a week.My initial reaction was to return to bed and suck my thumb while lying in the fetal position. That only helps … [Read more...]