Best of … fashion for teachers

August 9, 2012

teacher styleContributed by Info Guru Cindi Pearce
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Best of … Teacher Appreciation Week gifts

March 19, 2012

A list of the best of teachers appreciation week giftsContributed by Tim Brugger, Top 10 Guru

I think we can all agree teachers play a critical role in the lives of our youth.
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Top 10 High School Teacher Resources Online

October 19, 2011

Contributed by Lindsay Shugerman, Top 10 Guru

Between shrinking budgets and your hectic schedule as a high school teacher, finding new, affordable and engaging lesson plans and teaching resources can be challenging. But we’ve done some of the searching for you, and gathered our own list of the top 10 high school teacher resources online.

10. Freezeray interactive whiteboard materials for the sciences

If your school is using interactive white boards ( in the sciences, this site can help you bring them to life. Sponsored by the Great Barr School, a science school in the UK, these easy to access and easy to use animations will keep your students interested and learning.

9. Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)

Another great science teacher resource site the HHMI offers high school teachers and homeschoolers access to videos, lectures, virtual labs and more. Their free high school teacher resources online will take your students where ordinary textbooks never could.

8.Algebra lessons, interactives and tutorials for teachers and students alike

Sometimes, the examples in a textbook aren’t enough to help your students master algebra. can help. With dozens of links to algebra problems, lessons and examples, there’s sure to be a tool to help take high school math from mystery to mastery.

7. Inspire your students to think like writers

Reports show that writing skills have been declining year after year. But getting your students to think of themselves as writers might just be the key to reversing that trend.

Warren-Wilson College offers writing prompts, editing advice and even resources to help students find places to get their work published.

6. The history of the theatre comes to life

High school teachers looking for resources focused on English, history or theatre will find new and exciting resources in the Library of Congress’ American Variety Stage collection. The site includes scripts, playbills and video of classic performances in English and Yiddish from the heyday of variety theatre.

5. The best historical resources out there come to you

The University of Idaho has gathered an incredible collection of links to primary historical resources in the U.S. and the rest of the world. This unimposing website can instantly connect you to multimedia presentations in Alabama, African journals online (, or the digital archives of Japan (

4. K-12 African American studies lesson plans, resources and projects

Make this year’s African American studies units dynamic with ideas from this multi-subject guide to online and offline resources. The site offers dozens of teacher resources to bring the history, culture, science, politics, arts and literature of African Americans to your students.

3. If it’s history, it’s here

There is not a social studies or history textbook on the planet that could contain even a fraction of the material on Mr. Neal’s Virtual Classroom

From video and audio, to interactives and project guides, this monster site makes teaching almost any social studies or history topic easier and more effective.

2. An educational link supersite for the information you need

When you need to find information on the latest developments and research in education, this educational clearinghouse is the right place to go. With links to the major educational research sites, you’ll find the facts high school teachers need from designing curriculums and dealing with diversity to creating gender-includive math and science programs.

1. MIT for free?

With over 2,000 classes offered in every field of study, the free online class program at MIT is one of the best high school teacher resources online. No, you won’t get the lectures with most of the classes. But you will get the syllabus, the list of materials, the assignments and links to every resource used in the class, from books to films.

Use the classes to study on your own, to open doors for your students, or as a springboard for lesson plans of your own.

Top 10 Teacher Burnout Symptoms

October 3, 2011

Contributed by Lindsay Shugerman, Top 10 Guru

teacher burnout symptoms

It’s not easy being a teacher. And there will always be some bad days. But how do you know when it reaches the point of burnout?

Here are the top ten symptoms of teacher burnout. If more than a couple apply to you, you might want to talk to someone about ways to overcome burnout and regain your love of teaching.

10. Loss of excitement

teacher burnout symptoms

Remember when you first started teaching? How excited you were about making a difference in the lives of your students?

If it’s hard to remember, or if it seems like that excitement is something that exists only in the past, teacher burnout might be the culprit.

9. Impatience

teacher burnout symptoms

Do you find yourself snapping at colleagues or students? Everyone is impatient sometimes, but constant or increasing impatience may be a sign of stress and burnout.

8. Fatigue

teacher burnout symptoms

Does it feel like your alarm rings only seconds after you fall asleep? Do you wake up still tired morning after morning? Is it hard to stay awake by the end of the workday?

If you’re getting enough sleep, and your health is good, the cause of your fatigue could be emotional exhaustion, stress or teacher burnout.

7. Avoiding student interaction

teacher burnout symptoms

You used to love talking with your students. You even volunteered to lead after school groups or clubs.

But now you can’t find the energy to talk to them at all. As soon as class is over, you hide in the teacher lounge, or shut your door to “do some work.”

When what used to be great about teaching becomes a burden, you could be heading into burnout.

6. Using the same old lesson plans over and over

teacher burnout symptoms

You used to love coming up with new and exciting lesson plans. That was half the fun of being a teacher.

Now it all seems like too much work. You see that your students are bored but you just can’t seem to care enough to do anything about it.

As with any profession, loosing interest in doing your job well is a classic sign of burnout.

5. More bad days than good days

teacher burnout symptoms

When was the last time you had a great day at work? How about a good one?

And when was the last bad day at work? If you can’t remember the good ones, but can count off lots of bad ones, it might be the burnout coloring your experience.

4. Dread going to work

teacher burnout symptoms

The alarm goes off, but you hit snooze. You wander around the house doing random tasks to avoid heading out the door to work. And when a slight sniffle strikes, you gratefully call in sick.

Does this sound familiar? People experiencing job burnout often dread heading into work each day.

3. Counting hours until workday ends

teacher burnout symptoms

You arrive at school at 8, and immediately look at the clock, calculating the number of hours until the final bell rings. As each class period passes, you count off the remaining hours until the day ends.

And when the final bell rings, you’re the first out the door.

Burnout can make every hour at work stretch into what feels like days.

2. Feeling unappreciated

teacher burnout symptoms

It seems that no matter how hard you work, no one cares. Your students are ungrateful, and the adminstration is only interested in cutting the budget. No one notices all the good things you do, or how many extra hours you put in.

Burnout makes it hard to see any appreciation for being a teacher, even if it’s there.

1. Spilling over to home life

teacher burnout symptoms

Once burnout becomes severe, the effects begin to spill over into your home life.

At this point, not being at work isn’t enough relief. You find yourself getting annoyed with your spouse, children or friends, even over minor matters.

Teacher burnout is very real. If the symptoms on this list ring true, it’s time to do something about it. Talk to a doctor or counselor, or even a trusted friend. Look into taking a leave of absence, or maybe just a change of schools.

Best of … great classroom games

September 22, 2011

best of classroom gamesContributed by Lindsay Shugerman, Top 10 Guru

Games are one of the most effective ways to teach complex concepts in the classroom.

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Top 10 Classroom Themes

September 22, 2011

Contributed by Lindsay Shugerman, Top 10 Guru

Looking for some new classroom themes? Well, you’ve come to the right place.

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