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Math questions Questions for Math Class Middle

Questions for Math Class
These Common Core resource offers helpful questions as teachers implement the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.

Share My Lesson

Share My Lesson Brochures
Share My Lesson is a place where anyone who works with students, inside or outside of schools, can come together to share their very best resources. Developed by educators, this free platform gives access to high-quality resources and provides an online community where educators and parents can collaborate with, encourage and inspire each other. These brochures offer an introduction to Share My Lesson and show you how to get started.


Igniting the Fire
This toolkit sheds light on why after-school programs are crucial in helping meet the needs of children; and it provides structure and guidance for educators who want to incorporate project learning (a process in which students apply what they've learned to deepen their understanding, usually ending in a product or performance) into after-school curriculum. This toolkit is also available in a web version. Produced with support from the C.S. Mott Foundation. (Dec. 2011)

Bully Posters

See a Bully, Stop a Bully Posters
Hang these colorful posters in your school or classroom to raise bullying awareness. There are two versions of the poster available, for elementary and secondary grade levels, that ask the questions: Do you know what bullying looks like? Do you know what to do if you see a classmate being bullied? and Do you know what to do if you are being bullied?

AFT TEACH Brochure

AFT TEACH Brochure
This colorful brochure highlights the AFT's Tools for Teachers website that provides the tools you need to succeed in all areas of the classroom. Item no. 39-11003. $1 each (April 2011).

School Tips

School Tips
The AFT has developed a series of brochures, called School Tips, to assist educators in the classroom and beyond. These concise publications will be an effective and useful addition to your back-to-school and throughout-the-year organizing campaigns. $1 each (April 2011).

The Classroom Tips series include the following ten titles:

A Guide to  Understanding National Board Certification

A Guide to Understanding National Board Certification: 2009-10 Candidacy Cycle
This guide—produced jointly by the AFT and the NEA—capitalizes on the experiences of National Board Certified Teachers and others engaged in candidate support, sharing practical advice about how to approach the National Board's assessments and how to increase the prospect of successfully completing them. Item no. 39-09004. $5 each (June 2009).

Becoming a Teacher

Becoming a Teacher
This booklet, targeted to middle and high school students, provides answers to questions about the teaching profession and how to become a teacher. $2 each (June 2008).

Colorin Colorado Tips for Educators

Colorin Colorado English and Spanish Tip Sheets for Educators
These one-page reading tip sheets, available in English and Spanish, offer ways for school staff to help ELLs become successful readers. (June 2008).

Colorín  Colorado! ELL Starter Kit for Educators: Tools for Monitoring Language  Skills

Colorín Colorado! ELL Starter Kit for Educators: Tools for Monitoring Language Skills
This kit provides helpful forms for PK-12 educators who work with ELLs to find out if they’re on track learning the important academic English skills they need to be successful. Included in the kit are: monthly tracking forms; a glossary of common phrases and words used in Spanish; a list of Spanish-English cognates; a list of recommended bilingual, culturally appropriate storybooks for children; and information on PK-3 literacy tip sheets available for parents in 11 languages. Item no. 39-0487. $2 each (June 2007).

Communicating  with Parents

Communicating with Parents: Understanding the Process, Improving Your Skills
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Tips for school employees on working with parents. (2007)

The Journey to the Top of the Profession

The Journey to the Top of the Profession … Begins in Your Classroom
What does it take to become a National Board Certified Teacher? What are the benefits of National Board Certification? This brochure has been developed to answer these and other questions you may have about the certification process. Item no. 39-0188. $1 each (June 2007).

Managing  Student Behavior for School Secretaries

Managing Student Behavior for School-Based Secretaries
Tips for school secretaries on handling student discipline issues. (2007)

Managing  Student Behavior on School Buses

Tips for school bus drivers on handling school discipline issues. (2007)


Transitioning to Kindergarten: A Toolkit for Early Childhood Educators
This toolkit provides early childhood educators with a comprehensive, flexible, easy-to-use set of resources to enhance the transition to kindergarten for all children. The toolkit provides many opportunities for educators to document critical information about a child's progress in reading readiness, as well as qualitative information about a child's early literacy, cognitive, social, linguistic and physical development. This resource has a mix of charts and one-pagers to be filled out by teachers and parents and passed on to a child's kindergarten teacher, as well as guidelines for collecting valuable examples of drawing and other work samples throughout the year. (2014)

Creating a  classroom team

Creating a Classroom Team
Paraprofessional and teacher members of the AFT share their ideas on how classroom teams can make working together work. (2004)

Tips  for Student Discipline

Tips for Student Discipline
Here are some specific tips that can help you establish, maintain or restore order in the classroom, many of which can be used on the school bus, the playground, or any other place where school employees supervise students. $1 each (1999).