6 Favorite Ways to Make Technology Work For Us—Not Against Us—In the Classroom

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Obviously, as teachers who founded a technology company, we’re not exactly technophobes. But we do know the struggles we all face with technology in the classroom—specifically, how to make it actually enhance learning instead of distracting from it. That includes both the technologies introduced by yourself or your district, and the ones that students carry… Read More


Top Tips for Lessons That Help Students Break the Ice

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One of the biggest sources of anxiety for students starting a new year is the fact that they may not know the other students or the teachers. Planning ahead to help your students get to know one another (and you) right away will move your classroom beyond first-day jitters and into the juicy learning stuff. Here… Read More


From “Uh­-Oh” to “Let’s Go!” The Best Way Back to School—Even If You Started Planning A Little Late

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If you, like a lot of us, had many good intentions about starting the new school year a little better prepared than last year, but the summer just got away from you somehow, here’s some good news—it is not too late to get this school year off to the best start ever, while also making… Read More


Introducing the Coach’s Corner: Guest Blogs by Education Experts

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We are happy to introduce our new blog series, the Coach’s Corner! We will be featuring original blog posts from experts in the education field, to ensure we live up to our promise of providing the best and most up-to-date planning resource for our fellow educators. Authoring our very first Coach’s Corner blog post is our… Read More


TeacherPlanBook Founder’s Post

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I was asked to write a blog post on why I created TeacherPlanBook. I’ve never written a blog before; I’m more of a good ol’ boy who loves the great outdoors! In the woods or on the beach is where you will find me if I’m not at home or teaching. I ride my dirt… Read More


On Your Mark, Get Set, Learn! Timing Your Lessons Right

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Pacing a lesson correctly can mean the difference between a great learning experience for your students and some serious time lost, with objectives unattained. Fortunately, pacing is a skill that anyone can learn, and even the most experienced teacher can refine. Here at TeacherPlanBook, we believe that there are three keys to good lesson pacing:… Read More


Five Ways to Get Your Lesson Started Strong

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Have you heard of the Golden Hour in stroke or trauma care? If the patient gets treated in that first hour, it can make all the difference between a full recovery and long-term damage. The same is true of starting a new lesson—either you hook your students in the first few moments, or chances are… Read More


Five Steps To Your Best-Ever Lessons & Units

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Begin With Your Objectives We’re big fans of backward design, where you start with the learning objectives required by your curriculum standards, and then work backwards to create the lessons that will help your students attain those requirements. We also like working collaboratively with other teachers to build excellent lessons—although nobody knows your students like… Read More


Top 10 Best Teacher To-Do’s For Summer Break—For After That Long Nap

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1. Another Big Nap You know you’re exhausted! We all are! So first things first—recharge those batteries.   2. Annoying Little Household Tasks That Have Been Piling Up That light bulb in the hall that’s been burned out since midterms? Take 5 minutes to change it now.   3. More Self-Care Schedule the doctor and… Read More