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[Educator Picks] Edmentum’s Most Engaging Blogs of the Year

[Educator Picks] Edmentum’s Most Engaging Blogs of the Year

From thought leadership, to personal and professional development, to entertainment—these posts garnered the most attention and engagement from educators around the world. Here's a countdown of the top 10 most read blogs of the year.

10. How Teachers Can Help Students Cope with Test Anxiety

No teacher or caregiver wants to see a student stressed out to this extent over any single test. So, what can educators do to help learners manage test anxiety and take the fear out of testing day? Here are seven helpful tips.

9. 10 Tips for the First Day of School

With some planning, common sense, and communication, you can make the first day of school the best it can be—a springboard to a successful and rewarding school year. Here’s how to make that happen.

8. 7 Essential Elements Every Elementary Classroom Needs

Organizing the modern elementary classroom isn’t always as simple as slapping some cute printables on plastic shoeboxes and throwing them on a bookshelf. The 21st century elementary classroom is more dynamic than that. Consider these seven key elements that every elementary classroom needs to have to be successful.

7. [The Five Pillars of Reading] Breaking Down the Elements of Successful Literacy Instruction

Structuring an effective and research-based literacy and language arts block is the first step to laying a good foundation for your student’s literacy skills. Let’s take a closer look at what these five pillars are and how they work to build the foundation of an effective literacy instruction strategy.

6. [Back-to-School Teacher Tips]: Icebreakers That Are Actually Fun

There are plenty of ways to help your students engage with each other without putting them on the spot or making them feel embarrassed during the first week of school. Here are some teacher-tested, effective icebreaker activities to help you and your students get to know each other.

5. 5 Activities for the Last Day of School

The last day of school can be a challenge. The work of the school year is (probably) done, and students (mistakenly) believe summer has already started. Here are some ideas to make the last day as fruitful as the other 175-plus days.

4. 7 Tips for Parents to Help Your Child Develop Effective Study Skills

How can you help your child develop the study skills they need to achieve academic success—and see benefits beyond the classroom as well? Here’s seven tips to get started!

3. 5 Brain-Based Learning Strategies to Boost Learning, Retention, and Focus

You already know that each student is different in the way they learn, so it’s important to use different brain-based learning strategies in your teaching practice to appeal to a wide variety of learners and their needs.

2. 5 Strategies to Help Boost Your Students’ Self-Esteem and Confidence in the Classroom

As a teacher, you have the opportunity to positively influence your students and encourage them to feel proud of their abilities and accomplishments. Here are five strategies to help boost your students’ self-esteem and confidence in the classroom.

1. Play-Based Learning: What It Is and Why It Should Be a Part of Every Classroom

Let’s talk about why students need play and how we can bring it into our own classrooms—even if we have to sneak it in, and even if we are working with kids who are not so little anymore.

We are grateful for another great year with the Edmentum blog, and we couldn't have done it without our dedicated readers like you. We can't wait to return in 2023 with even more engaging content and insights on the issues that matter most to educators.

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