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A Dozen Articles Every Educator Should Read!


Looking for practical teaching ideas and classroom tips? That's what Education World is all about! This week, in celebration of Ed World's 100th weekly issue, we highlight a dozen of the best and most practical stories from our archives. Included: Activities to develop young readers and writers as well as tips to strengthen teaching skills!

100 issues! It's hard to believe!

When Education World created its weekly e-zine in September of 1997, our archives contained a couple dozen original stories. Today, the Education World archives contain nearly 600 stories, including:

  • 147 LESSON PLANNING stories offering thousands of practical ideas for teaching timely topics from A to Z across the grades;
  • 179 CURRICULUM stories reporting on classroom projects and programs created by great teachers to motivate learners of all ages;
  • 110 BOOKS IN EDUCATION reviews of the latest and greatest new titles for students and teachers; and
  • 137 ADMINISTRATOR stories that address all the hot-button issues in education.

Education World's archive of original content could not have been created without a team of capable, dedicated, and creative freelance writers and editors, and without the help of hundreds of teachers and principals who willingly shared their stories! 1,000,000 thanks to all of them!

In the months ahead, you'll be seeing some exciting changes on the Education World Web site. We'll be adding a few new sections to our main page, offering more practical teaching ideas than ever. Soon we'll introduce our first interactive online learning project for educators and their students. We'll even be starting an Education World magazine! Watch for news of those exciting changes and more in the weeks ahead.


Issue #100 is a perfect opportunity to pause and look back at what we've done. This week, we've selected an even dozen of the best stories that have appeared on the Education World site during the last two years. In these stories you'll find hundreds of practical teaching ideas and activities!

The stories below represent just a sampling of the best. If you're looking for specific activities, be sure to use Education World's search engine. It's the largest search engine of its kind -- with more than 120,000 appropriate and valuable links hand selected just for teachers!

And while you're checking out Education World's best, why not explore the variety of stories offered in our four archives -- Lesson Planning, Curriculum, Books in Education, and Administrators.

Now, a dozen of the best of the best from Education World's first 100 issues!

  1. Twenty-Five Great Ideas for Teaching Current Events!
    Looking for ways to work news into your classroom curriculum? Check out these great ideas for connecting current events to all subjects!

  2. Playground Maps Are an Endless Source of Fun -- and Learning!
    Ed Bonne, "The Playground Map Guy," offers a collection of student-centered activities for making playground maps come to life.

  3. Show and Tell: Better Book Reports -- 25 Ideas!
    Tired of the same old book report formats? Or worse, do your students grumble every time you mention "book reports"? Spice up those old book reports with some new ideas. Education World presents 25 ideas for you to use or adapt. In addition: Ideas for cyber book reports!

  4. What Do Principals Do?
    Students at Orangewood Elementary School (Phoenix, Arizona) share their unique perspectives on what their principal -- Dr. Peggy George -- does!

  5. First-Day-of-School 'Icebreakers' Help Students and Teachers Warm Up!
    Are you looking for the perfect way to get to know your students and to help them get to know one another? You'll find it here! This week, Education World offers more than 15 creative "icebreakers" from our readers. Included: Links to Ed World stories from previous years, providing more than 50 great getting-to-know-you activities!

  6. Reading Activities for Read-In! Day
    Teachers share their favorite reading activity ideas. Included: Theme ideas for reading fun!

  7. First-Time Computer Buyers: Advice from the Experts
    "Which computer should I buy?" Every tech coordinator and Webmaster hears that question from time to time -- or more often than that! This week, Education World's "Tech Team" provides the best advice they can muster for teachers considering that first-time purchase. Technology pros will find new ideas about how to answer that oft-asked question!

  8. TONS of Tips! -- Six Great 'Teacher Tips' Sites on the Web
    Education World introduces you to six of the best "teacher tips" sites on the Web. In these sites you'll find hundreds of practical tips -- tried and tested tips from teachers willing to share. So sit back, get ready for a sampling of tips from these sites. (But remember, this sampling is just the "tip" of the iceberg.)

  9. Reading Aloud -- Are Students Ever Too Old?
    Do you read aloud to your students? Is there ever a time when students are too old to be read to? Many teachers are firm believers in reading aloud -- even at the high school and college levels!

  10. Getting Started on the Internet: Add YOUR Name to a Listserv Today!
    Every teacher should join a listserv. Listservs offer a quick and easy way to connect with teachers around the world. Don't miss out on the sharing, the learning, and the fun! Included: Links to hundreds of listservs for educators.

  11. Good Principals: What Traits Do They Share?
    Do you want to be a better principal? Maybe you're thinking about becoming a principal and wondering if you have what it takes? This week, Education World's 'Principal Files' principals tell about the "principal qualities" that are most important to being a successful school leader. Included: Links to resources that offer further insight.

  12. 25 Ideas to Motivate Young Readers!
    The folks at the BOOK-IT! Program have given permission for Education World to reprint 25 great ideas from teachers -- ideas that are sure to get kids across the grades excited about reading!

Article by Gary Hopkins
Education World® Editor-in-Chief
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