Top 12 Most Popular Education Articles in 2009

It's that time of year where countdowns are everywhere, so we're here to share the most popular education articles that ran on TeachHUB this year.

Here are the top 12 TeachHUB Articles of 2009 based on your visits:

Thanks to advances in technology, we can now actually view the brain as it learns through neuroimaging and brain-mapping studies. This is one of the most exciting areas is brain-based memory research available today.

Based on my background as a neurologist and my experience as a classroom teacher, I’ve created this list of tips for any teacher to integrate brain-based learning strategies. Hopefully, you’ll find these connections between the research and strategies NEURO-LOGICAL. read more

Thanks to the ARRA Stimulus, the state of education spending is about to transform from widespread budget freezes to flash flood of funding. And you’re going to have to account for every last drop.

TeachHUB is here to help you navigate the waters. read more

(Mind you, this guide was published before the funds were released and represents how the stimulus was planned and meant to be spent, not what actually happned.)

Call it "active learning," or "classroom participation" -- every teacher wants more involved students and fewer apathetic ones. With a little extra planning, that is possible.

Below are four common reasons students don’t participate and techniques to solve those problems and spice up your lessons. read more

A third grade teacher once told me the mother of one of his students left twenty-minute messages on his voice mail every day and showed up in his classroom unannounced. A middle school teacher who gave an exam the day after Halloween said she received an e-mail from a parent containing a four-paragraph poem titled, “The Grinch That Stole Halloween.”

Adversarial parents can create frustration and impede your progress with their child. To foster positive relationships with your students’ parents and encourage their cooperation and support, try the following three-part approach: read more

Looking to liven up your centers? Let your students play games!

That’s right, games have educational value. They provide opportunities for students to develop both social and academic skills. Just like working on a project in cooperative groups, interactive games require that students communicate, stay on task, take turns, and rely on higher-level thinking skills.

Here are twelve classic games and reasons to incorporate them into your curriculum: read more

When you get a call from a school administrator inviting you to interview for a teaching job, how do you feel? Happy? Elated? Excited? Nervous? Scared stiff?

You don't need to worry about the interview if you're a well-prepared, qualified candidate. Preparing for a teaching interview is a lot like studying for a test. You can review commonly asked questions, think about what you'll say beforehand, and go in to do your best.

Below is a list of six commonly asked teacher interview questions. How would you answer each question? read more

With inclusion on the rise, teachers are sharing classrooms more than ever and becoming an effective co-teaching partner is a teaching essential.

Several collaborative teaching approaches have proven to be successful to guide educators who work together in co-teaching partnerships to differentiate instruction. The approaches include: read more

If there is one thing we know about kids, it’s that they have short attention spans and prefer now to later.

Teachers, more than any district or schoolwide programs, have the most power to motivate students because they’re on the front lines. They can influence students in a way that kids can actually understand: here, now, today, in this room. read more

Does this sound familiar?

You labored all night creating a thoughtful, engaging lesson. You were confident that your students would enjoy it, only to have your excitement—and theirs—dashed by the antics of a handful of students. You spent all your time writing names on the board, calling out troublemakers’ names, and “ssshh-ing” them.

Instead of pulling your hair out in frustration, give these Classroom Management “Dos” and “Don’ts” a try: read more

After polling teachers, checking box office numbers, critical reviews and teacher forums, we've compiled a list of the Top 12 must see teacher movies.

They appear in no particular order. read more

Looking good does not come easily for those of us at the head of the class.

Teachers face some serious fashion challenges. Full days on your feet surrounded by dry erase markers, crowded hallways and dirty students' hands don't bode well for high-priced, high-concept style. Nor does a teacher salary or insanely busy schedules. It's hard to find time to think much less plan the perfect outfit.

To help, we've collected the Top 12 Fall Fashion Tips just for teachers.

Break out of your wardrobe rut this fall and bring practical and affordable style back into the classroom! read more

It's Google's world, we're just teaching in it.

Now, we can use it a little easier. With classes, homework, and projects–not to mention your social life–time is truly at a premium for all teachers, so why not take advantage of the wide world that Google has to offer?

From super-effective search tricks to Google tools specifically for education to tricks and tips for using Gmail, Google Docs, and Google Calendar, these tricks will surely save you some precious time. read more

Thanks to everyone who visited TeachHUB in 2009! We hope to keep bringing you the best in education news in 2010. Please email me with suggestions for articles or if you are interested in contributing at

Please share your favorite education-related articles (whether they're from TeachHUB or not) in the comments section.
Happy New Year!