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The Association of American Educators
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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.

  • Simple and Free Class Rewards

    We would all like to believe that our students are self-motivated learners, that they will behave nicely in class, do all of their homework, study hard for tests, and participate in discussions because they love learning, school, and most importantly, us! In reality, though, this is not the case. Especially early on in school, students are highly motivated by external factors. Students will work harder when offered a reward than they will just on their own.



  • Weekly News Round-Up for October 13th

    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, natural disasters continue to effect schools across the country, the Education Department unveils new spending priorities, and some charters gain right to certify their own teaching force.



  • What to Do When an Assignment Flops: Four Steps to Get Back on Track

    Imagine this scenario: as your students prepare to walk out of your class, you hand them instructions for an assignment. You briefly explain the directions and give them a due date. Then when the date for the assignment comes due, you flip through the papers and your heart sinks. At just a glance, you can tell that at least half the class didn’t finish, many not turning the assignment in. Of those that did turn them in, the work falls far short of what you were expecting.



  • Weekly News Round-Up for October 6th

    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 saw educators fall victim in the largest mass shooting in U.S. history and Kansas faces a new ruling on school funding.



  • What’s the Deal with Grit?

    If you’ve been in education circles the last year or so, you’ve doubtless heard of “grit.” Grit as a named concept first started making waves when psychologist Angela Duckworth gave a TED talk on the topic, and later published her book Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance. In both, she explains that success is not dependent on talent alone, but is highly influenced by a person’s grit, which she defines as a measure of their passion for a project along with their tendency to stick with a project even when it’s difficult.



  • Weekly News Round-Up for September 29th

    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, a potential Supreme Court turning point and national anthem protests grip the country’s schools.



  • Five Tips & Tricks for Grant Applications

    Maybe it’s an idea for that classroom project that is sure to inspire your students, the newest bit of education tech that your school hasn’t worked into their budget yet, or a field trip for which there isn’t enough funds for. Whatever the cause, most teachers will reach a spot in their career where they need to look outside their schools and districts for classroom funds.



  • 2017’s Top Teacher Podcasts

    I freely admit that I’m a podcast addict. I jumped onto the podcast train when they were just starting out and I was a young teacher in downtown DC. Facing a 45-minute ride on Metro and busses, podcasts were a way to use that time to unwind and keep my knowledge of the world fresh. Now, years later, podcasts accompany me when I have a long drive, do housework, or work out.



  • Weekly News Round-Up for September 22nd

    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, AAE finds the news our members really want to see. This week, teachers’ unions are striking, a heroic teacher saves her students, and a new study about teacher absenteeism.