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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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The Power of "I Don't Know"

Last comment 14 hours 14 min ago
16 902 25,993 views

Using Gaming Principles to Engage Students

Last comment 2 days 20 hours ago
11 305 8,743 views

PBL Pilot: Rolling It Out to Parents and Students

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Differentiated Instruction: Resource Roundup

In this collection of tools and advice from Edutopia and the Web, find resources to help you adjust instruction in response to diverse learner needs and interests.

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A Defense of Deeper Learning: Watch What's Working, Part 5

Learn about the advisory classes at Envision Schools where students talk about school or personal issues, work on action plans for tackling projects, and get help in a wide variety of areas.

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Computer Science: The Future of Education

Robust computer science curriculum is necessary for our society's future. Here are five steps to engage teachers and students in this critical area of study.

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How to Design Right-Sized Challenges

Design student projects that hit the sweet spot -- relevant to real life, challenging enough to be interesting, and achievable for diverse learners.

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Avoiding Common Mistakes When Implementing SEL

Social and emotional learning expert Dr. Maurice Elias describes SEL implementation challenges and offers up suggestions for overcoming these common obstacles.

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Integrated PBL Projects: A Full-Course Meal!

Andrew Miller sees PBL as a source of balanced nutrition, where hitting the standards across many content areas adds up to a full-course meal.

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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.

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Project-Based Learning vs. Problem-Based Learning vs. X-BL

In the first of two parts, guest blogger 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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Big Thinkers: Linda Darling-Hammond on Becoming Internationally Competitive

Stanford University professor and noted researcher Linda Darling-Hammond discusses what the United States can learn from high-achieving countries on teaching, learning, and assessment.

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Tools for Teaching: The Amazing Sticky Note

Blogger Ben Johnson shares multiple strategies for using sticky notes in the classroom.

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Designing Science Inquiry: Claim + Evidence + Reasoning = Explanation

Edutopia blogger Eric Brunsell breaks scientific inquiry down into the basic CER model and offers suggestions for introducing it to students.

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Why Formative Assessments Matter

Formative assessments matter because teachers make important instructional decisions based on the data they provide. (Updated 01/2014)

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8 Weeks of Free Teacher Resources for Back to School

All of Edutopia’s downloadable and printable back-to-school resources are collected here for easy classroom reference.

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Defining Differentiated Instruction

Differentiating instruction for a struggling student can begin with using graphic organizers, offering alternative assignments, and providing extended work time. (Updated 01/2014)

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