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Learning Environments
Ditching the Desk

By Nicholas Provenzano

Remove the teacher's desk and students feel more comfortable and less intimidated, teachers feel more active and engaged, and classroom learning happens in a shared space.

By Samantha McBurney

With things like old keyboards, inexpensive aprons, free paint store supplies, and a little imagination, you can creatively customize your classroom environment to maximize learning.

By Heather Wolpert-Gawron

Mixing up the types of seating in a classroom can engage different learners and allow students to select various positions depending on exhaustion level, needs of an assignment, or their need for simply a new view.

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By Amy Erin Borovoy (aka VideoAmy)

How can you broaden your kids' horizons without actually going anywhere? These videos and resources for virtual field trips will inspire you to try a few engaging web-based explorations.

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By Youki Terada

Research suggests that while homework can be an effective learning tool, assigning too much can lower student performance and interfere with other important activities.

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Social and Emotional Learning
Orienting Educators to SEL Through Video

By Maurice Elias

Check out each of these distinctive videos that show educators, parents, and school leaders what social-emotional learning looks like in action in the classroom.

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By Stacey Goodman

Bringing objects and props into your classroom can create a world of curiosity and wonder for you and your students.

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By Todd Finley

Transformational teachers create experiences in their classrooms, melding the art and science of any subject and making their students care about learning.

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By Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher

Edutopia blogger Vicki Davis identifies the nature of grit, its necessity and value of grit in education, and ten ways of teaching students to develop their own grit.

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By John Larmer

John Larmer of the Buck Institute for Education clears up any confusion on the difference between project-based learning, problem-based learning, and whatever-else-based learning.

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By Todd Finley

From innovative, intelligent seating arrangements to relevant, engaging bulletin boards, your students deserve a classroom space that stimulates and facilitates their learning.

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By Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher

Edutopia blogger Vicki Davis asks her students for professional development help, ending the year with in-class focus groups, a survey, and a call for anonymous notes that will guide her in improving her practice next year.

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By Matt Davis

Blogger Matt Davis has collected some handy resources that parents can use to help their kids start learning about computer programming.

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