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The Association of American Educators (AAE) is the largest national nonunion professional teachers association, advancing the profession through teacher advocacy and professional development, as well as promoting excellence in education, so that our members receive the respect, recognition and reward they deserve.

  • Five Facts for National Kindergarten Day

    Today is National Kindergarten Day and AAE is saluting all of our members that teach kindergarten. Kindergarten is perhaps the most transformational year in a child’s life and, providing a bridge from early childhood to school age, is a grade that is unique to itself. So today, we celebrate kindergarten and kindergarten teachers with five facts you may not otherwise have known:



  • 10 Best Documentaries for Teaching Mathematics

    We’re finishing our series on documentaries for the classroom with math. While some might not automatically put math and documentary together, we’re able to recommend the following list. Also, don’t forget to check out our previous entries for social studies, science, and English/Language Arts on our blog already.



  • Must Haves for Classrooms with Flexible Seating

    What’s the perfect seating arrangement for the classroom? It’s a topic long debated. Over the years, teachers have favored students sitting in pairs, rows of individual desks, and then small groups. Recently though, more and more teachers are subscribing to the thought that there is no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to classroom arrangements. Instead, these teachers subscribe to what’s being called ‘flexible seating.’



  • How You Can Create a Growth Mindset in Your Students

    Educational buzzwords seem to enter the field quickly and seemingly out of the blue. For a while, they are all that anyone seems to be talking about, but then, when a new fad comes in, they disappear from view. Growth mindset is not one of these fads.



  • 10 Best Documentaries for Teaching English Language Arts

    Over the past few weeks, we’ve been introducing you to the documentaries that we think teachers should be using in their classroom. You can find the best documentaries for social studies and for science on our blog already. This week, we’re going to focus on English language arts documentaries.



  • Teaching Boys: 5 Strategies That Work!

    Over the past decade, there’s been a growing awareness that the way we structure schools is shortchanging boys. When measures of accomplishment and punishment for boys and girls are put next to each other, boys consistently score lower, achieve less, and are disciplined more, despite the fact that they are no less intelligent. Even on supposedly objective measures like grades, boys may end up being judged unfairly. The question is what can schools and teachers do about it?



  • Plan Now for Your Summer PD

    Summer may seem a long way away, but if you want to spend your summer break perfecting your craft, you need to get started now. The summer months are filled with conferences, workshops, and fellowships that teachers can attend, but most of these require some planning ahead. Many of the most prestigious opportunities for teachers require an application process, and some may require travel or hotel stays.



  • 10 Best Documentaries for Teaching Social Studies

    This week we’re continuing our series on documentaries in the classroom with documentaries for social studies classes. You can find our previous entry on documentaries for science classes on our blog.



  • 5 STEM Toys for the Elementary Classroom

    If we want to prepare students for the 21st century, we need to get them interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics), and while good lesson planning will play a part in giving them the knowledge that they need and igniting interest, perhaps more important is what students do in their own time. Play gives students a chance to explore and create without the limits of a formal lesson, and more closely mimics the type of experimenting done by scientists and engineers. To encourage STEM play, teachers should consider having these toys in their classroom.