professional Development


Using Six Successful Scaffolding Strategies

What’s the opposite of scaffolding a lesson? It would be saying to students something like, “Read this nine-page science article, write a detailed essay on the topic it explores, and turn it in by Wednesday.” Yikes — no safety net, no parachute, no scaffolding — just left blowing in the wind. Let’s start by agreeing […]


Focused Learning Units School Beta-Test

Is your school/district interested in participating? Building off the success of the Comprehensive Professional Learning Courses, Teach n’ Kids Learn (TKL) has developed a meaningful method for delivering focused professional learning that is personalized to the needs of each individual teacher. The Focused Learning Units incorporate the same Teach n’ Kids Learn (TKL) evolutionary reflective learning […]


Press Release: Teach n’ Kids Learn (TKL) and EvaluWise Announce Partnership

Providing Schools and Teachers with Personalized Professional Development based on Specific Skills Identified Through Teacher Evaluations Sep. 17, 2018 / PRZen / MIAMI & JOLIET, Ill. — Vista Learning, NFP’s EvaluWise®, the nation’s leading provider of easy-to-use Teacher Evaluation cloud-based software for public, private and parochial schools, and Teach n Kids Learn, Inc. (TKL) a cutting-edge provider of highly-effective online […]


Equalizing Mathematics through Differentiated Instruction

Rigorous learning opportunities, conceptual understanding, increased fluency. These are all underlying goals for mathematics teaching and learning in the 21st century and mathematics teachers are challenged daily to meet these goals with all students, regardless of the students’ prior instructional experiences or current mathematical understandings. To meet these challenges, teachers are expected to be able […]


Finding That Relaxation Moment Through the Breath

It is time to find your relaxation moments… As we are winding down our school year we now become more focused on planning time for relaxation and re-charge.  Well, the summer break is finally here and you definitely deserve to recharge. All teachers know that teaching can be a stressful job. The key is to get organized […]

By Jennifer McGregor | Blog

Engaging ELL Students In Rich Academic Conversations

Engaging English Language Learners (ELL) in rich academic conversations is not something with which many students are comfortable with. Students often will need to be taught how to engage in discourse, be provided ample opportunity to practice their new skills and be given regular feedback on their practice. When teaching students how to engage in […]


Teaching Can Make You a Happier Person – Finding Happiness as a Teacher

Teaching often gets a bad rap as a bad career choice. We are often reminded that the pay isn’t great and the hours are long. We also hear that it has become less about teaching and more about testing. On the flip side, however, teaching provides us with a tremendous amount of joy that is felt […]


Supporting Teachers through Stress Management with Positive Self-Talk

In one day you not only teach, but you also manage behavior, plan lessons, assess learning, counsel students, carry out first aid, reply to a long list of emails, write reports, tidy classrooms, create resources, mark books and create displays – the list is endless. You feel overwhelmed, overworked, and easily trapped in negative thinking […]

By Jennifer McGregor | Blog

Engage Students In Expanding Their Thinking

Almost everyone agrees that schools should be places in which students learn to think. National, state, and district standards documents invariably stress the importance of having students interpret and synthesize information, draw inferences and conclusions, think analytically, and employ other higher order thinking skills. But how do you teach these skills? How do you help […]


Increasing Deep Student Engagement and Motivation

Students must engage in lessons at a deeper level more than ever before. However, many educators are left wondering, what does deep engagement look like, how can I increase the level of student engagement within my classroom, and how can I do this in a way that is easy to manage, timely, and, most of all, […]