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Top 10 Educational Blog Posts of 2021

Each year, we share blog posts on a range of topics related to education. With the school year drawing to a close, we wanted to take a moment to highlight some of the posts HelpTeaching users found the most useful this year. You might just discover a few you missed or even a few you want to share with friends.

Top 100 Free Education Sites of 2014

#1 Top 100 Free Education Sites

We scoured the web and discovered our picks for the top sites for math, science, social studies, reading, writing, and more. Our list even included the top sites for early education, educating yourself, and education news. Be on the lookout for our 2016 update to the annual list which will include the top sites for computer science education.

#2 30 Things I Wish I Learned in High School

30 Things I Wish I Learned in High School

Many students are set to graduate high school this year and head out into the world. Some will do this with teen bravado and think they know it all, while others are anxious about what the future holds. This article highlights some wisdom about basic skills that aren’t necessarily taught in high school but are invaluable in the wider world. These include time management, self-care, how to study, preparing healthy meals, and many more gems.

 

#3 Top Strategies for Teaching Anatomy and Physiology

Ripley’s Believe It or Not, Weird But True, and other enterprises like them have made an entire business of highlighting the odd, wacky, and incredible things the human body can do. Yet, engaging high school students in a topic that they may feel they already know enough about (after all, don’t we walk around in these bodies every day?!) can be a challenge. Bring anatomy and physiology alive in the classroom setting with these strategies and resources that will draw students in, hold their interest, and maximize their learning.

Ultimate Guide to Teaching Science in 2014-2015

#4 The Ultimate Guide to Teaching Science

Teachers looking to spice up their science instruction should check out our Ultimate Guide to Teaching Science. It includes resources to help teach the Next Generation Science Standards, access to breaking science news, and fun activities for students.

 

#5 How to Engage Young Learners (Toddlers & Preschool)

What can feel like herding cats at times, engaging young learners is critically important to their development. So how do you engage little ones who have tons of energy, strong opinions, and whose question is “why?” The key is to use their energy and opinionated nature to your advantage. Whether you’re working with one child or a group of children, we’ve discovered some ways to help harness the energy of young learners and maximize their ability to learn.

#6 Brain Breaks: Helping Students Reset, Refresh, and Get Moving

Let’s face it, learning can be overwhelming. With so much information coming in at once, sometimes students just need a break. That’s where brain breaks come in. Brain breaks are short, focused activities designed to help students recharge and refocus. Although typically used with preschool and elementary grades, brain breaks can be used with students of all ages.

#7 Ultimate Guide to Free Online Self-Learning for KidsUltimate Guide to Free Online Self-Learning Resources for Kids (K-6). 75 resources - video, courses/lessons, references, and more.

There’s no denying it, 2020 and 2021 have been crazy years. Fortunately, the Internet has come to the rescue on the teaching front and transformed traditional education in ways we hadn’t imagined. We have gathered links to help kids in grades pre-K through sixth grade learn online. The 70+ resources are organized by type (videos, online courses, reference materials, and more).

#8 100 Fitness Activities for Families

Fitness is really important for physical and mental health. And with lots of confinement in 2020 and 2021, it’s been more important than ever to get creative when it comes to fitness and finding things to do together. To help get you started, we’ve gathered a list of 100 activities to do with your family. Whether you have toddlers, tweens, or teens, taking time to improve your health and promote quality family time is worth every second!

#9 The Importance of Self-directed Learning

As adults, we know that self-directed learning a critical skill to have. This is why it’s important to teach children when they’re young how to learn independently. Given the right tools, guidance, and motivation, the potential for student success is limitless. So we’ve rounded up ways to help you impart this skill to your kids. Keep reading to learn more.

#10 A to Z: The Best Books for Teens

With lots of time at home, parents have been looking for ways to limit screen time for their kids, especially teens. To help invite them into the wonderful world of reading, we’ve rounded up some of our top picks.

We hope we were able to provide our users with helpful resources this year and look forward to continuing to publish topics that will help you be the best teacher you can be. What are some topics you’d like to see us tackle? Why not get in contact and share your ideas with us!

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