Best of Back to School Activities & Lessons

Aug 19th 2019

**Visit our Astute Hoot TPT store on August 20 for a bonus sale of 25% off using the code BTSBONUS19. Planning back to school lessons is similar to cooking a gourmet meal—you need several elaborate ingredients, thorough instructions, specific materials and a great […]

Does Anyone Hear Me? The Art of Active Listening

Aug 16th 2014

Does anyone hear me? Am I speaking English? Why aren’t my students listening to me? Do these questions run through your mind frequently? I found I was repeating myself over and over like a broken record and ready to bang […]

Top 12 Active Engagement Strategies

Sep 18th 2013

Use these tried and true active engagement strategies to strengthen motivation, increase achievement and infuse fun into any classroom: 1. Think-Pair-Share: Students partner up and take 1-2 minutes to think silently about an answer to a specific question. At the […]

Top 3 Tips to Break the Ice and Build Community

Aug 12th 2013

You know the horrible feeling when you walk into a room and you don’t recognize a single soul? Even worse, everyone else already knows each other, happily mingling together. Most adults shudder at the thought, yet as teachers, we fail […]

Beat the Behavior Blues

Aug 5th 2013

Do you have the Behavior Blues? You know, the horrible knot you get in the pit of your stomach when you think about the “naughty” students in your class, the cold sweat when Johnny challenges you in front of the […]

The Costliest Mistake Teachers Can Make

Jul 28th 2013

With the implementation of Common Core standards and performance-based pay, teachers are under more pressure to perform than ever. Every minute must be devoted to instruction, causing teachers to cut any activity not directly aligned to standards. This intense pressure […]