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The Association of American Educators
AAE Blog
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.

  • Weekly News Round-Up for October 19th

    Each week, AAE brings its members a round-up of what’s happening in education. From big, eye-catching headlines to the stories most papers overlook, we find the news our members really want to see. This week, we look at bus safety, record low math scores, mandatory police interaction training, and more!



  • Where Can You Find Quality Online Resources?

    T.H.E. Journal recently looked at where teachers were getting their standards-based resources. The good news is that more teachers are looking beyond textbooks for materials, mainly by turning to online sources. The bad news is where they’re looking.



  • Weekly News Round-Up for October 12th

    Each week, AAE brings its members a round-up of what’s happening in education. From big, eye-catching headlines to the stories most papers overlook, we find the news our members really want to see. This week, water safety, questions over a lock down, social media controversies, and more!



  • Surprising Classroom Management Strategies that Work

    Every teacher knows the feeling of trying to get 20 – 30 students all focused and productive. Often, classroom management feels like herding cats - with students being pulled in every direction by the most minor of distractions. It’s no wonder some of the most widely read books for educators are on this topic. Over time, teachers have learned a gazillion deft ways to help students stay focused and on task. While many are common sense, there are also those that seem as though they shouldn’t work, and yet they do!



  • Best Spotify® Playlists for Teachers

    Music has an important place in learning and the classroom. Music can trigger memories and help students learn new material. It can also create a mood to deepen a lesson or lighten up a party. With all the importance music plays in learning, it should have a place in every classroom. To help you incorporate music more, here are our favorite playlists for the classroom from Spotify®. Enjoy!



  • Weekly News Round-Up for October 5th

    Each week, AAE brings its members a round-up of what’s happening in education. From big, eye-catching headlines to the stories most papers overlook, we find the news our members really want to see. This week, school safety funding, an alleged assault, student loan lawsuits, and more!



  • Is Rigorous Curriculum the Key to Closing the Achievement Gap?

    As a middle school social studies and science teacher, I felt that if I taught the material with the depth and nuance that it deserved, my students would be engaged. I wanted to give my students the opportunity to experience the curriculum, to explore it, and spend enough time thinking about it. I shied away from poster or shoe-box projects in favor of speeches, debates, and simulations. I wasn’t always successful. I sometimes struggled with how much memorization to require or how much to rely upon note-taking or participation grades, but I was able to create emotional connections for middle schoolers about the fate of Charles I and to elicit passionate debate regarding the pros and cons of nuclear power.



  • Weekly News Round-Up for September 28th

    Each week, AAE brings its members a round-up of what’s happening in education. From big, eye-catching headlines to the stories most papers overlook, we find the news our members really want to see. This week, the best states for teachers, a dismissal over grades, a Pledge of Allegiance lawsuit, and more!



  • AAE Grant Helps Next Generation of Educators

    STEM education is vitally important in preparing students for the future workplace, however many elementary and early childhood educators lack the training to teach the subject effectively. This is why AAE was proud to award GayLynn Ash with a national grant.