Pancake-making in STEM class. Team-building activities for teens. Tips to ensure interactive notebook success. Here’s a round-up of blog posts straight from elementary, middle school, and high school Teacher-Authors. Take a look — and find some fresh, new inspiration for your 2015 classroom.

TpT Blog Round-up: Hooray for High School

Mrs E Teaches Math is all about using task cards in the secondary classroom. Get 7 awesome ideas here plus 5 additional ones here.

Room 213Room 213 explains, “I recently wrote a post about using a no-hand-raising policy in the classroom to get more student engagement. I was tired of having the same students dominate every discussion while many just sat back and tuned out. This method is working very well.” Take a look: Get More Engagement with a No-Hands Policy.

Hoping to build more camaraderie in your secondary classroom? Look no further than 6 Team Building Activities You Could Do Tomorrow! from 4 the Love of Math.

Science and Math With Mrs LauScience and Math With Mrs Lau says her most popular blog post, Hands-On Biochemistry Bundle Update! Brand New Nucleic Acids Activity!, was created after having an epiphany in Staples: “I’d been looking for an idea on how to represent nucleic acids (DNA) realistically and in a form that students could create themselves. Then I discovered colorful paper clips! My post and one of my best-selling resources was born.” Check it out!

“I think it’s so important for teachers to incorporate the investigation process in their classrooms,” says Math Giraffe. She wrote a blog post (Discovery: Congruent Triangles) for secondary math teachers with a focus on inquiry-based learning. What a cool “angle”!

TpT Blog Round-up: Marvelous Middle School

Performing in 5th Grade talks right here about using close reading to teach her students about theme.

Teachers Are TerrificWhat’s cooking in Teachers Are Terrific‘s STEM class? Pancakes! Get the scoop by checking out Pancakes, Mixing Bowls, and Baking Powder, Oh My!

The Teacher Team says, “Hands-on is the best way to do things, and it doesn’t get better than having a giant cow femur sitting on your desk to help you understand the anatomy of bones in the skeletal system.” Here’s a breakdown of their Skeletal System Bone Lab.

Misty MillerWant tips on how to make math enjoyable for middle schoolers? Check out Misty Miller‘s blog post, Secondary Smorgasbord Happy Hour: Math Flips Game!

How can a single chair motivate a classroom full of middle school students to do their homework? Find out in Best Homework Motivator Ever! by Brain Waves Instruction.

Get tips from Jennifer Robinson on setting up a substitute binder in a middle school social studies class, because there’s no denying it: Cold, Flu and Substitute Teacher Season Has Arrived!

TpT Blog Round-up: Elementary is Awesome

Catherine Reed - The Brown Bag TeacherLearn how Catherine Reed – The Brown Bag Teacher set up and runs guided reading in her classroom with Guided Reading: 1st Grade Style.

Let Sara J tell you all about math workshop in her classroom (Math Workshop: Where Do I Start?), including how she set it up from square one!

Positively Passionate About TeachingYou’ll have a ball reading about the fun ways in which Positively Passionate About Teaching teaches figurative language to her students. Take a look here.

Get nine helpful hints from Teaching With Love and Laughter to help ensure success with interactive notebooks. It’s all included here!

Cinnamon’s Synonyms provides important tips on building positive self-talk in children: Drawing Self Portraits and Building Positive Self Talk.


“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin

(Thanks to Mr Magician for the feature image.)