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    8 Things Teachers Need if We Want To Save Education in 2024

    To say that education has been a roller coaster lately is putting it mildly. Even in just the past five years, the educational landscape is barely recognizable. The pandemic flipped our classrooms upside down, thrusting teachers into the virtual world and then back to in-person, creating a whole new dynamic in how we teach and connect with students. The way we use technology has evolved, and attendance patterns have definitely changed. To save public education, teachers need more than just our gratitude. They need robust support systems and serious changes in policy. Let’s take a look at how we got…

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    2nd Grade Morning Work Bundle: Free Download

    Did you know that We Are Teachers sends out weekly newsletters packed with ideas just for your grade? It’s true! Our grade-level newsletters are written by veteran educators and feature teacher tips, printables, and book recommendations to help you plan all year long. And right now, if you subscribe to our 2nd grade newsletter by filling out the form on this page, you’ll get an exclusive bundle of 2nd grade morning work pages that you and your students will love! Yes, Subscribe and Send My Free Bundle! Here’s what’s included in the 2nd grade morning work bundle: We Are Teachers…

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    2024 Summer Reading Programs (Recommended by Teachers)

    Digging into a great book under a sun umbrella, preferably poolside, is one of the joys of summer. And the benefits of reading still hold true even when school isn’t in session. Thankfully, a number of summer reading programs help keep the learning going over the summer months, and kids can earn free goodies along the way! Here are our picks for the best summer reading programs for kids. 1. Reading Is Fundamental Reading Is Fundamental Soar with reading while summer is out with Reading Is Fundamental, the nation’s largest children’s literacy nonprofit. From RIF reading lists and a collection…

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    School Segregation Has Increased 64% Since 1988, Report Shows

    The 70th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision is May 17, 2024. Brown was the Supreme Court Case that ruled that racial segregation or “separate but equal” schools were unconstitutional. But that doesn’t mean that segregation is over. A new report from Stanford University and the University of Southern California shows that, in the largest 100 school districts, segregation between white and Black students has increased 64% since 1988. Segregation by economic status has increased by 50% since 1991. The U.S. Army, public domain, via Wikimedia Commons We have come a long way since the Little Rock…

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    22 Art Therapy Activities To Help Kids Identify Their Feelings

    Art therapy can be a valuable tool in the classroom. Through the creative process, these hands-on projects promote self-expression, enhance emotional well-being, and offer new ways of identifying, processing, and coping with big feelings. Ready to get started? Here’s a list of art therapy activities to try in your classroom. Note: The term “art therapy” in the context of this article is not intended to imply that teachers should act as therapists. While there are many potential benefits to providing students with opportunities to use art as a creative outlet in school, it is important to acknowledge that this is…

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    I Just Subbed for 2 Days After Not Teaching for 2 Years …

    When I left the classroom after 11 years to become an editor at We Are Teachers, I was determined to stay connected to real teachers—their struggles, their triumphs, their experiences. So, I made regular classroom visits a part of my professional goals. In the past two years, I’ve edited yearbooks with high school seniors and helped make DIY guitars with 3rd graders to study sound waves. I’ve visited private and public schools, charter schools and early childhood campuses. I’ve talked to teachers on the brink of tears from overwhelm, and a teacher who openly cried with gratitude for finding her…

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    100 Fun Last-Day-of-School Activities Your Students Will Love

    Woohoo! It’s finally here—the last day of school. While most kids are going to be super excited, others may have mixed emotions. Make your last hours together extra special with some of these fun last-day-of-school activities, and send your students into summer with fantastic memories of the school year behind them! Activity Village 1. Stage your own classroom Olympics What better way to wrap up a great year than with your very own version of the Olympic Games? Your kids will love the pomp and circumstance, from the opening ceremony and challenging events to the winners on the medal podium.…

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    Short Story Ideas To Get Your Students’ Creative Juices Flowing

    Some of my favorite teaching moments came from a unit that culminated with my students writing an original short story. When given the freedom to write fiction, so many of my students came alive. They wanted to write suspense, mystery, horror, or romance. They wanted their characters to feel like real people. Suddenly, after weeks of ignoring my helpfully provided feedback, they were crowding my desk to ask me to read their work. It was glorious. Narrative writing is a wonderful way to allow every student to use the skills they’ve practiced in class to create something new. Getting started,…

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    How To Recycle School Supplies: The Ultimate Guide

    By now, you’d think recycling would be a regular part of life for most people, but as it turns out, America’s recycling rate is at a shockingly low 21.4%. It’s time to step up our game, and schools are one of the best places to start! When you model good recycling behavior for your students, they’ll make it part of their lives going forward. Learn how to recycle school supplies and other common classroom materials, and your school can take a big leap forward in environmental responsibility. What are the easiest school supplies and materials to recycle? With so many…

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    50 Super Silly Summer Jokes for Kids

    It’s hard to believe, but the school year is nearly over. You and your class have worked hard to learn new things, overcome challenges, and celebrate successes. Now your time together is coming to an end, so why not send your students off on a high note? Share some laughs they’ll enjoy during the long break with this list of fabulously funny summer jokes for kids. 1. What did the pig say on a hot summer day?  I’m bacon. 2. How can you tell that the ocean is friendly? It waves. 3. Why do fish swim in salt water? Because…