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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.

Now Hiring: Flipped Learning Architects

Before flipping your class, think like an architect instead of a video producer, because the medium of instruction ultimately matters less than the desired outcomes.

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.

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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Innovative Practice: 5 Strategies for the Early Learning Classroom

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Using Gaming Principles to Engage Students

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Time to Debunk Those PBL Myths

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Zombie-Based Learning -- "Braaaaaaains!"

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Using Project-Based Learning to Teach World Languages

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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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My PBL Pet Peeves: 4 Common Misconceptions

Andrew Miller firmly addresses some common misunderstandings about PBL, including the ideas that projects are lessons and the public audience can be random.

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Innovative Education: Make Room for "What Ifs"

Edutopia blogger Suzie Boss highlights a science project where eighth-graders created a "robohand" after their teacher invited them to solve a real-world problem.

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Getting Started with Technology Integration in Your Classroom

Mary Beth Hertz gives an overview of the National Educational Technology Standards for Students (NETS*S, and suggests some transformative ways to integrate them in the classroom.

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Building Technology Fluency: Preparing Students to be Digital Learners

Edutopia blogger Beth Holland reminds us that we're preparing students for a future that has yet to be invented as she defines technology fluency and offers three strategies for building it into curriculum.

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How to Teach with Technology

Students fire off new lesson plans for the digital classroom.

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The Fever Dream: A Personal Narrative Exercise

Blogger and Professor Todd Finley shares his personal speed-driven narrative writing exercise.

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David Thornburg on Open-Source Textbooks

Guest blogger David Thornburg on how the open-source movement is transforming the textbook industry.

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Lesson Planning Pinterest Board

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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9 Ways to Plan Transformational Lessons

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

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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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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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