American Federation of Teachers

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This resource provides strategies and ideas for effectively communicating with parents, building parent-teacher partnerships, and conducting...
Effective classroom managers must consider how they will respond when students misbehave. This classroom management resource includes strategies to...
  • Health
  • 3-5, MS, HS
These classroom icebreakers can help you and your students get to know each other at the beginning of a new school year, creating open communication...
  • Health
  • K-2, 3-5, MS, HS
This lesson on student discipline includes tips for teachers in the classroom, and the reasoning behind these strategies. CM_LP For more resources on...
  • English Language Arts
  • K-2, 3-5, MS, HS
This article includes tips for assessing student performance, and also contains a few suggestions from current teachers for you to try in your own...
  • The Number System
  • Elementary (Grades 3-5)
Common Core
The AFT has prepared sample parent letters on selected mathematics topics for grades K-8. Available in English and Spanish, the aim is to help...
  • English Language Learners
  • Pre-K, K-2, 3-5, MS, HS
"A Guide for Engaging ELL Families: Twenty Strategies for School Leaders," an AFT publication in collaboration with Colorin Colorado, suggests ways...
These resources include one sample project and a variety of project ideas for teachers to use and adapt across subjects and grade levels. There are...
  • English Language Arts
  • K-2, 3-5, MS, HS
These resources include two sample projects (one for elementary and one for middle/high) and a variety of project ideas for teachers to get their...
Helpful article to plan assessment and lessons. Designing and assigning effective homework. Importance of timely and detailed feedback.