Top 10 Educational Blog Posts of 2015

Top 10 Educational Blog Posts of 2015
In 2015, we shared blog posts on a range of topics related to education. We started the year off with our annual Top 100 Free Education Sites. In August, we shared some Back-to-School Tips for Teachers and in December, we offered 6 Activities to Promote Computer Science Education. To round out the year, we wanted to take a moment to highlight some of the posts HelpTeaching users found the most useful. 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.

100 Summer Activities for Kids - Reading, Science Projects, Volunteering, Making Money, and more.

#2 100 Summer Activities for Kids

To prevent summer boredom, we created a list of 100 fun activities for kids to enjoy during the summer. While a few of the activities may be specific to summer, most of them can be enjoyed year-round. Take another look at the list or, better yet, print it out to have on hand whenever you need ideas to help entertain kids.

Ultimate Guide to Teaching Science in 2014-2015

#3 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.

#4 How to Teach Kids to Be Kind

It may seem like nice guys finish last, but that doesn’t mean it’s not important to teach kids to be kind. From modeling kindness to providing kids with opportunities to show kindness, we offer both parents and teachers simple ways to help kids be kind.

#5 10 Fun Facts for Geography Awareness Week

Did you know that Vatican City is the smallest country in the world or that Russia is almost twice the size of Canada? Those are just two of the fun facts you’ll find in our post focused on world geography. Stay tuned for more geography-themed posts in 2016!

#6 3 Ways to Use Music in the Classroom

Music doesn’t have to stay in the music classroom. After sharing 3 ways to use music in the classroom, we learned that teachers in all grades and subject areas like to incorporate music in their lessons. If you want to add music to your classroom, read the post to find out how.

#7  5 Stellar Activities for World Space Week

World Space Week is held Oct. 4-10 and is designed to help bring attention to space and get kids excited about studying space. Of course, you can enjoy space all year long. Check out the activities and see if there are a few you could use to explore space tonight!

#8 How to Use Dr. Seuss in the Social Studies Classroom

Dr. Seuss doesn’t have to stay in the ELA classroom; his works can also be used to teach about psychology, the Cold War, and politics. “Oh the thinks you can think when you think about Seuss!”

#9 15 Educational Travel Activities for Kids

Tablets and portable DVD players are great, but sometimes you want to make the time spent in the car or on a train more interactive and educational. We have 15 ways to make that happen. Some, such as “I Spy,” may be very familiar, while others, such as “Virtual Hide and Seek,” will be fun and new. They’re great ideas to have on hand whenever you travel.

#10 Ultimate Guide to Free Online Self-Learning for Kids

Sometimes the best lessons kids learn are the ones they discover on their own. We rounded up the best educational videos, reference materials, and online courses for children. Watch for our Ultimate Guide to Free Online Self-Learning for Teens & Adults in January. Also check out our own selection of Online Self-Paced Lessons.

We hope we were able to provide our users with helpful resources during 2015 and hope to do the same in 2016. What are some topics you’d like to see us tackle? Share them with us. Who knows? They might make our top ten in 2016!

 

Posted By StacyZeiger

Stacy Zeiger is a high school English teacher, mock trial coach, and student government advisor who also works as the manager of ELA content for HelpTeaching.com and serves as curriculum developer for My Sisters' Kids, an organization that provides peer support for grieving kids and teens. She lives in South Jersey with her husband, two children, and five cats. Her oldest son has autism.

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