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Curriculum Planning

Looking for ways to develop dynamic, compelling, and standards-based course content and activities? This is the place to start.

Zombie-Based Learning -- "Braaaaaaains!"

PBL to ZBL, Edutopia blogger Andrew Miller explores a new twist to project-based learning: the pedagogical benefits of Zombies!

9 Ways to Plan Transformational Lessons: Planning the Best Curriculum Unit Ever

Transformational lessons don't just happen. They require planning, mindfulness, and a commitment to shift away from educational approaches of the past.

Planning the Best Curriculum Unit Ever

The good curriculum is in the details, so focus your teacher super powers on the granular aspects of planning ahead for the new school year.

Teaching Students Not Standards

Rebecca Alber describes four pitfalls of educational standards and actions teachers and school leaders can take to avoid them.

How to Design Projects Around Common Core Standards

A middle-school language arts teacher takes us through her step-by-step process for designing project-based units that are Common Core aligned.

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Time to Debunk Those PBL Myths

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Using Gaming Principles to Engage Students

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I Have No Time For Lesson Plans

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SEL and Spirituality: Instructional Implications

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I Have No Time For Lesson Plans

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Make Literacy a Focus of PBL

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Unit-Planning Checklist

Building rich experiences into a unit plan is complicated. As an aid, download this checklist to help you walk through your planning steps.

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Curriculum-Planning Guide

Download a curriculum-planning guide, complete with guidance on creating a scope and sequence and tips on crafting unit plans.

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9 Ways to Plan Transformational Lessons

Looking for help with lesson plans? Download a poster with useful planning tips.

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Lesson Planning Pinboard

Visit a curated collection of curriculum-planning resources on Edutopia's pinboard on Pinterest, including tips, guides, blog posts, articles, infographics, and more.

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Habits of Heart: Helping Students Reflect and Act on Gratitude

Edutopia blogger Maurice Elias offers teachers several classroom activities to help students understand gratitude and put it to practice.

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Open Educational Resources (OER): Resource Roundup

Explore this educator's guide to open educational resources (OER) for information about online repositories, curriculum-sharing websites, sources for lesson plans and activities, and open alternatives to textbooks.

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Make Literacy a Focus of PBL

Across the arc of a project -- from entry event to final presentation -- teachers can find opportunities to deepen students' literacy skills.

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PBL Project Planning: Matching Projects to Standards

Two adventurous fifth grade teachers explore their new PBL pilot program as they learn what it means to align student projects with learning standards.

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SEL and Spirituality: Instructional Implications

Find out why it's important for educators to explore the connection between social-emotional learning and spirituality.

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Global Education: Resource Roundup

Looking for ways to help students appreciate cultural diversity, build awareness about global issues, and develop global competence? Explore these resources for ideas on bringing global dimensions into the classroom.

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Make the Most of the Maker Movement

How can we make the most of Maker education? Here's some suggestions from early adopters who are making the most of this promising movement.

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Kids Speak Out on Student Engagement

Blogger and English teacher Heather Wolpert-Gawron asked her eighth grade students what they find most engaging in the classroom.

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Twenty Ideas for Engaging Projects

Blogger Suzie Boss shares 20 ideas for getting engaging projects going in your classroom.

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Howard Gardner on Multiple Intelligences
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Big Thinkers: Howard Gardner on Multiple Intelligences

Edutopia revisits its 1997 interview with the Harvard University professor about multiple intelligences and new forms of assessment.

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Resources and Downloads for Teaching Critical Thinking

Educators from the Bay Area's KIPP King Collegiate High School and the KIPP network have provided these resources for you to use in your own school.

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An Introduction to Project-Based Learning
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An Introduction to Project-Based Learning

In this hands-on approach to teaching, students create schoolwork that demonstrates core subject knowledge.

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Resources and Downloads for Differentiated Instruction

Educators from Mesquite Elementary School, in Tucson, Arizona, have provided these resources for you to use in your own school.

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A Step-by-Step Guide to the Best Projects

Discover a project-based learning model that motivates students to pursue knowledge and drives academic achievement.

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Pages

Lesson Planning Pinboard

Visit a curated collection of curriculum-planning resources on Edutopia's pinboard on Pinterest, including tips, guides, blog posts, articles, infographics, and more.

87 805 views

9 Ways to Plan Transformational Lessons

Looking for help with lesson plans? Download a poster with useful planning tips.

154 412 views

Curriculum-Planning Guide

Download a curriculum-planning guide, complete with guidance on creating a scope and sequence and tips on crafting unit plans.

86 880 views

Unit-Planning Checklist

Building rich experiences into a unit plan is complicated. As an aid, download this checklist to help you walk through your planning steps.

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