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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.

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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Avoiding Common Mistakes When Implementing SEL

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Computer Science: The Future of Education

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Kids Speak Out on Student Engagement

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Kids Speak Out on Student Engagement

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How to Design Right-Sized Challenges

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Teaching History Outside the Box

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Dive into the Maker Movement

Blogger Adam Provost visits the Fab Lab at NYC's Marymount School for a view from the front lines of the Maker movement.

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STEMbite: An Experiment in Teaching with Google Glass

Andrew Vanden Heuvel, an early adopter of Google Glass, shares his STEMbite project, a series of short, exciting STEM videos made possible through cutting-edge wearable technology.

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PBL and Culturally Responsive Instruction

English teacher Rob Wood concludes Sammamish High School's blog series about the seven key elements for integrating PBL by explaining the pedagogical differences between Inclusive Cultural Response and Reactive Cultural Response.

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Put the Awe Back in "Awesome" -- Helping Students Develop Purpose

Dr. Vicki Zakrzewski, Education Director for the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, suggests engaging students' sense of awe to help them develop purpose in their lives.

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The Common Core: Haven't We Been Here Before?

Consultant and author Dr. Allen Mendler suggests that the Common Core may be just another well-intentioned but poorly-implemented educational panacea.

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Building Social and Emotional Skills in Elementary Students: Share Your Gifts

In Part 9, the final post of her elementary student SEL series, filmmaker Randy Taran talks about what it means when students start using their gifts and passions to make a difference.

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A Curriculum of Concerns

Edutopia blogger Mark Phillips suggests building engaging curriculum around not just what interests students, but around what concerns them.

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Designing Learning Experiences: Start with the Student and Co-Create

Students are more likely to engage with a unit of study they've co-created. Matt Levinson suggests an eight-step example for how the history classroom.

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A New Day for Learning, Part Two

A Deeper Look into Four Full-Time-Learning Programs.

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Anatomy of a Project: "Give Me Shelter"

Juniors at Casco Bay High School, in Portland, Maine, explore homelessness by working in teams to make audio slide-show portraits.

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Using Mastery Learning for Success with Difficult Students

Blogger Ben Johnson proposes mastery learning approach in the classroom can help curb and academically advance unruly students.

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National Nutrition Month: Best Web Resources for Teachers

Blogger Matt Davis covers the best teaching resources for National Nutrition Month in March.

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Common Core Big Idea Series 2: The Standards Are Not Curriculum

In this second of a five-part series, educators Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins note that educators will be called on to translate the Common Core standards into curriculum.

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Importance of Collaborative Assessment in a 21st Century Classroom

Andrew Marcinek shares how collaborative assessment can be applied in a digital classroom.

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