The Joy of Teaching – An Evan-Moor Blog

Sharing creative ideas and lessons to help children learn

April 29, 2015
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Encouraging Positive Classroom Behavior—Without Raising Your Voice

At this time in the school year, students are very excited and we can all feel a little burned out! Try some of these classroom tips for effective teaching for a calmer, quieter learning environment. Set Students up for Success … Continue reading

April 21, 2015
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Emergency Substitute Lesson Plans

All teachers quickly learn that staying home sick is so much more work than just going to school! We’ve all gone into school on days when we know we should have stayed home. But what if it wasn’t so much … Continue reading

April 16, 2015
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Seasonal Activities

My favorite part of school was always the festive decorations. As seasons changed, my classrooms’ décor did, too. When I began my work in after-school programs, I found that it was quite natural to structure themed activities around the seasons, … Continue reading

April 10, 2015
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Should Homeschoolers Care about Common Core?

Say the words, “Common Core State Standards,” and be prepared to have people choosing sides. The Common Core State Standards have been in the news and sparking controversy for quite a while. As a teacher, I have seen many educational … Continue reading

April 7, 2015
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Poetry Gifts for Mother’s Day

A poetry unit that encourages students to write an ode to their mothers also provides a sweet gift for Mother’s Day. This blog includes some printable poetry activities for Mother’s Day and ideas to create poetry gifts for moms.   … Continue reading