The Reading Wars Continue

I tend to avoid the debates among people discussing reading. I think there is some truth in all sides of a debate. I learned to read early and easily. I am also unabashedly an advocate for children with dyslexia, as it has been an issue identified and championed by our members. I am encouraged by … Continue reading The Reading Wars Continue


7 Ways to Foster Parent Engagement

As educators, we all know how crucial parental engagement is to a student’s success in school. We wish that we could engage all parents with the snap of our fingers. For some parents, teachers don’t even have to do that much. And yet, other parents take far more cajoling. Try some of the hints listed … Continue reading 7 Ways to Foster Parent Engagement

Experience Matters in Education

We must keep our most effective educators in the classroom and public education. We are losing too many good educators due to frustration, increased job demands, workload, and quality of life issues. Retention is critical. Retiring teachers or retired teachers may be willing to return to the job for the right opportunity. As much as … Continue reading Experience Matters in Education

8 Art Activities for Celebrating Black History Month in the Classroom

With one week left of Black History Month, we wanted to bring you eight simple art activities that will teach your students more about the importance of black history while also allowing them to express their personal creativity. While Black History Month ends on February 28th, it is an important topic to discuss with your … Continue reading 8 Art Activities for Celebrating Black History Month in the Classroom

Our 5 Favorite Valentine’s Day STEM Activities

Bring STEM fun to your Valentine’s Day this year! Giving your lessons a quick Valentine’s Day makeover is a great way to get your kids excited to learn. Your students can work together to solve problems and make their creativity shine with these 5 Valentine’s Day inspired STEM activities!  “Heavy” Hearts Challenge by FEELGOODTEACHING In … Continue reading Our 5 Favorite Valentine’s Day STEM Activities

Tips for Effective Communication with Legislators

As a Tennessean, one of your greatest responsibilities is to help elect the legislators who represent you and the state's seven million other residents. You, your fellow citizens, and educators need an informed voice. They need you. There is no stronger influence on education legislation than the voice of actual classroom teachers. Below you will … Continue reading Tips for Effective Communication with Legislators

Advice for New Teachers

Last week, we asked veteran teachers on social media to tell us what piece of advice they would give to new teachers entering the classroom this year. This is what they said: Pray for your students. Many are coming into that classroom with issues that no child should have to endure. Get organized and stay … Continue reading Advice for New Teachers