25 Great Essay topics for Students in 2019

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Writing an essay can be a daunting task for both teachers and students in terms of creating and crafting a high quality essay,  and finally editing and grading them.

It seems though we may have overlooked one of the toughest steps in writing an essay and that is actually selecting an appropriate and interesting topic for your students.

2019 is the year of the pig according to the Chinese Zodiac. The Pig is traditionally associated with wealth and greed, and these themes can be seen in the essay topics listed below. Alongside these are numerous topics which have strong social and cultural links to events happening this year.

Thankfully I have put together a list of 25 great essay topics for 2019 that might just make that process a little easier.  Enjoy.  And remember to add any other great suggestions in the comment section below.

If you are still struggling with the essay writing process and need further guidance be sure to check out our definitive guide to writing a great essay. 

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  1. Zoos are sometimes seen as necessary but not poor alternatives to a natural environment. Discuss some of the arguments for and/or against keeping animals in zoos.

  2. Imaginethat your teacher wants to teach a new subject for the next few weeks. Your teacher will take suggestions, and then let the students vote on the new subject. What subject should your class choose? Write an essay to support your choice and to persuade the other students to vote for your choice.

  3. Are actors and professional athletes paid too much?

  4. Should teachers have to wear uniforms or have a dress code?

  5. Since the invention of nuclear weapons we have had a long period of GLOBAL peace and stability. Are nuclear weapons global peacemakers or killing devices?

  6. Should boys and girls be in separate classes?

  7. Is the death penalty effective?

  8. To what extent is the use of animals in scientific research acceptable?

  9. What age is appropriate for dating?

  10. Pretend you woke up one day and there were no rules. People could suddenly do whatever they wanted! Explain what the world would be like. Use your imagination!

  11. Should student’s textbooks be replaced by notebook computers?

  12. Should students be allowed to have cell phones in elementary and high schools?

  13. Should wealthy nations be required to share their wealth among poorer nations?

  14. Should money be spent on space exploration?

  15. Is fashion important?

  16. Are we too dependent on computers?

  17. Ifyou had the opportunity to bring any person — past or present, fictional or nonfictional — to a place that is special to you (your hometown or country, a favourite location, etc.), who would you bring and why? Tell us what you would share with that person

  18. Most high level jobs are done by men. Should the government encourage a certain percentage of these jobs to be reserved for women?

  19. Should students be allowed to grade their teachers?

  20. In your opinion what factors contribute to a good movie?

  21. The destruction of the world’s forests is inevitable as our need for land and food grows. Do you agree?

  22. Many parents give their children certain chores or tasks to do at home. Should children have to do chores or tasks at home? Be sure to explain why you think it is a good idea or a bad idea. Include examples to support your reasons.

  23. Should the voting age be lowered to thirteen?

  24. Should the government place a tax on junk food and fatty snacks?

  25. Should more be done to protect and preserve endangered animals?

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Thanks for your support in 2018

Thanks for your support in 2018

2018 has almost passed us by, and without your support, by visiting this site it would have been a really tough year.

So the best way that we feel we can thank you is to give you a little present to get you through the Christmas season in the classroom.

There is plenty of different content here to keep your students engaged, and save your sanity as we wrap up 2018.

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G Suite training is an essential tool for teachers and students

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With millions of teachers and students using G-suite in their classrooms daily it’s great to see this excellent Chrome extension making a far better experience for all.

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  • Rich, interactive training - Whether you’re in Gmail, Calendar, Sheets, Slides, or Docs, you can learn and take actions, all at the same time.

  • In-App experience - Training is accessible directly within G Suite, so you don’t need to leave the application to learn how to use it.

I would even go so far as to say that if your school runs forced chrome or Chromebook management this is a MUST HAVE!! It is excellent, instant professional development like I have never seen before, it takes seconds to install and is completely free.

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Teaching STEM and Digital Technologies ( Our First Book ) is now available

Available now: Teaching STEM & Digital Technologies

Available now: Teaching STEM & Digital Technologies

I am going to put in a shameless plug here for my first ever book. It has taken me over three years to complete outside of raising a family with my lovely wife and working full time.

It is available now in digital epub and Printable PDF format here and in hardcover via Amazon.

It has been getting rave reviews on TpT and I can strongly recommend it for all teachers.

Teaching STEM, Digital Technologies and Critical Thinking presents data literacy, coding, robotics, digital systems, critical and computational thinking in a structured manner teachers can understand and follow with ease.

This interactive DIGITAL and / or PRINT book provides teachers with the skills to navigate the information era with confidence.  Creating students who are...

  • Technology creators; not just consumers.  Possessing an understanding of computer science, hardware, and software.

  • Critical and Analytical Thinkers who can solve complex problems through researched and proven methods.

  • Highly Data literate; and can collect, manipulate and organize data for varied audiences and purpose.

  • Able to challenge technology when required, through an understanding of algorithms, data mining and digital citizenship.

Countries around the world are making these skills a compulsory part of the curriculum to provide students with the skills to think and do.  They understand that the industrial era has passed and we now require teachers and students with initiative, higher order thinking skills, and digital literacy skills. This book is aligned with the Australian Digital Technologies Curriculum, United States Common Core and British Curriculum.

Now in its third edition, this book provides hundreds of visual examples of making STEM, Digital Technologies and Critical Thinking actionable tasks in your classroom.  It also provides case studies and context to the skills being taught so that you can talk the talk, and walk the walk in this space.

This book is an essential resource for not only specialists involved in learning technologies, but generalist teachers looking for new and engaging strategies to teach their students to problem solve, better integrate technology and build the skill set required to contribute to modern society.


About the Author:

Kevin Cummins is a lifelong learner and educator in the space of Digital Technologies and STEM.

Kevin has taught at primary, secondary and tertiary levels internationally  Currently, he works in Victoria, Australia as a Learning Technologies consultant with over sixty schools, presenting professional development to teachers and students on a regular basis.

Kevin has a Masters In Learning Technologies from the University of Melbourne and runs educational websites which are visited by millions of teachers annually on these topics.

Kevin is a teacher, husband, and father to three wonderful children and is actively trying to make a difference to our educational systems, curriculum and classrooms to provide genuine 21st-century teaching and learning opportunities that make a difference to student outcomes.

Kevin Cummins

ICT Consultant with over 60 schools in Victoria Australia. Google Certified Teacher, Masters of I.T Education and above all else husband and dad.

Teach your students the history of the internet

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Many people alive today can’t remember a time before the internet; it can be easy to forget how recently the internet was closer to science fiction than reality. In a little over forty years, the internet has evolved from a small network to an almost infinite source of information available around the world -- and even in outer space.

This interactive website is a great opportunity to introduce students and teachers into the people, technology and events that led us to where we currently are in cyberspace.

Mathcracker: Free math help for students and teachers

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Mathcracker.com is a cornucopia of math tools, calculators, solvers, and tutorials all in one
place that is a one-stop solution for the vast majority of math calculations and operations that
the student or professional needs to perform, whether for assignments, theses, reports, or
professional documents. The tools run the gamut from basic to advanced math calculations,
with 120 tools and growing. The solvers, graphing tools, and “math cracks”, which are
Mathcracker’s signature form of plain English tutorials, are all accessible from an easily
navigable menu bar with drop down menus. The number and high quality of the tools are
quite impressive, and all the tools are available for free!

To give an idea of the range of tools you can choose from, starting with the categories of
algebra, calculus, statistics, or probability calculators, you are then led to a variety of
calculators and solvers under the same category. You’ll find calculators for cross product, dot
product, permutation coefficient, factorial of a number, absolute value, algebraic expression,
angle conversion between degrees and radians, arithmetic sequences, area and volume of a
circle, cone, cube, and cylinder, and the list goes on and on. For probability and statistics,
you’ll find 11 pages of tools, including calculators for chi square test for goodness of fit,
Kruskal-Wallis test, Lamda coefficient, critical Chi square values, uniform probability
calculator, ANOVA, Cramer’s V, Z test, F test for the equality of two population variances,
relative risk, odds ratio, effect size Cohen’s d, binomial probability, and many more. There are
graphing tools for bar charts, box plots, functions, histograms, line charts, pie charts, scatter
plots, time series, and many more. To list all the tools here would take several pages, so the
recommended approach is just to go see for yourself.

Each tool comes with clear instructions on what it does, how to use it and what information to
enter. To use a calculator or solver, you enter the information you want into the appropriate
labeled form field boxes in the calculator. Each element of the calculator is labeled so you
know what information to enter and where to type it in. Upon pushing a bright yellow
“calculate” button, you are provided with the solution along with a brief explanation of the
background of the concept you are working with and how to interpret the result. If for any
reason you did not enter the right information or you are missing information, upon clicking

“calculate”, you will be presented with a message in red indicating to you what you are
missing so you can check your information. This is really helpful because sometimes
beginners or the less well-versed in math don’t necessarily know exactly what type of
information they need to solve a given problem, so the tool nudges you in the right direction.

To understand the background of the people who created this site, according to the designers
of the site, who include PhD’s with backgrounds in mathematics, statistics, engineering, and
education, the site emerged out of a desire to make math transparent and accessible to
people from many different backgrounds, including those with strong math skills as well as
those who are not so comfortable performing high level mathematics. Currently, the site is
used by students and professionals all over the world as a cornerstone math resource. They
have been linked to by major universities, teachers’ personal blogs, and included in
classroom curriculum.

The ease of use and completeness of the tools makes them compatible with the needs of a
wide variety of people and projects, and the solution and graphic outputs are of a high quality
and can be used in reports and for educational purposes. Far and away, this is an excellent
and advantageous resource for anyone who needs to perform calculus, algebra, statistics or
probability calculations for nearly any conceivable purpose, and can replace many of the
functionalities of other proprietary software programs.

https://mathcracker.com

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We're Doing It Wrong: 25 Ideas in Education That Just Don't Work―And How to Fix Them

David Michael Slater is a veteran middle and high school teacher who was named the City of Beaverton, Oregon’s Educator of the Year in 2012. He is also an acclaimed author of over 20 works of fiction for children, teens, and adults. His work for children includes the picture books Cheese Louise!, The Bored Book, The Boy & the Book and Hanukkah Harvie vs. Santa Claus; the early chapter book series, Mysterious Monsters; and the teen series, Forbidden Books. David's work for adults includes the comic-drama, Fun & Games, which the New York Journal of Books called “hilarious.” David teaches in Reno, Nevada, where he lives with his wife and son. 

David has written an insightful book about the 'Broken' American education system which is really worth a read.  As a result I have given the David the very rare opportunity to share some insights about himself and his great book below.  Please note that this is NOT a paid article.  We never receive payment for articles.

I’m not humble-bragging when I tell you that I’ve been stunned by the praise piling up for We’re Doing It Wrong: 25 Ideas in Education That Just Don’t Work – And How to Fix Them. I was hesitant to begin the project (my first work of nonfiction), unsure whether there was really any need for a collection of thoughts that, in my opinion, were 1) mostly common sense and 2) shared by many, if not most, teachers I’ve worked with over nearly twenty years. In other words, I feared wasting my time stating the obvious.

It seems the obvious needed to be stated – and that our discussions about education could benefit from an injection of common sense.
— David Michael Slater

Teachers who read early drafts of the book confirmed that they shared many of my opinions – but pointed out that no one ever asks for them. And it’s true: in all the endless chatter about public schools, the last people consulted on how they operate and might be improved are the people who actually work in them. Seeing their views and experiences working in an increasingly fraught environment reflected by a fellow teacher felt like a victory all by itself for many of the book’s first readers. It was equally exciting that a slew of educational gurus found the book worthy as well, experts who’ve read and written countless books on the subject.

But perhaps the best news is that WDIR has also been appealing to non-teachers. It’s been gratifying to hear from folks who are finding the book valuable in combating the chaos of misperceptions the general public has about public education. Everyone knows our schools have issues, but they really don’t know what they are. What they do know is that they’re tired of being told what to think about education by people with zero training in it – and who have never stepped foot in an actual classroom.

We’re Doing It Wrong is for everyone who wants to hear from people who spend every single day, year after year, in the classroom doing the hard work of teaching. It’s a conversation for them – for you I hope – and I’m humbled and honored to do my part in getting it started. If you’re interested, we’re continuing this critical dialogue at www.weredoingitwrong.com, where anyone with strong opinions about education are encouraged to share their thoughts.