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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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The Power of "I Don't Know"

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Using Gaming Principles to Engage Students

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PBL Pilot: Rolling It Out to Parents and Students

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Using Gaming Principles to Engage Students

Last comment 1 day 22 hours ago
11 292 8,154 views

PBL Pilot: Rolling It Out to Parents and Students

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The Power of "I Don't Know"

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From Italy, with Love: An Argument for the Lyceum School Model

Guest blogger Margherita Rossi, a classical humanities teacher at the Lyceum school in Bologna, describes why Italy's secondary education model, based on Aristotle's educational principles, might work in the U.S.

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Teaching for Justice: 10 Ways To Unravel Systemic Oppression

How do you confront any racial injustice at your school? How do you reflect on your own potential biases in the classroom? Blogger Elena Aguilar offers ten tactics to help teachers answer those questions.

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Common Core in Action: ELA

Edutopia blogger Monica Burns suggests a few strategies and apps to integrate technology in curriculum aligned with the ELA Common Core.

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ReMaking Education: Designing Classroom Makerspaces for Transformative Learning

Writing teacher, world citizen and guest blogger Stephanie West-Puckett reflects on the idea that, by integrating Maker culture into curriculum, we are transforming how learning happens in our schools.

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Ideas for Implementing Literacy Common Core in the Non-ELA Classroom

Edutopia blogger Andrew Miller provides four ideas for implementing the Common Core Literacy Standards when teaching non-ELA subjects.

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Empowering Students Through Entrepreneurship & Design Thinking, Part 2

In the second of two parts, Kim Saxe, Director of the Innovation Labs at The Nueva School, describes more about the Intro to Entrepreneurship class for 7th and 8th graders.

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Empowering Students Through Entrepreneurship and Design Thinking

In the first of two parts, Kim Saxe, Director of the Innovation Labs at The Nueva School, describes the Intro to Entrepreneurship class for 7th and 8th graders.

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Downloads and Resources from Forest Lake Elementary

Free tools, reading lists, web links and other resources to help bring differentiated instruction to your school.

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Anatomy of a Project: Give Me Shelter
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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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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 in the history classroom.

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Common Sense: An Overview of Integrated Studies
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Common Sense: An Overview of Integrated Studies

More collaboration, critical thinking, and knowledge retention are the fruits of an integrated curriculum.

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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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Mathematics Education: A Way Forward

To engage students, put relevancy at the center of the curriculum rather than computations.

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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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