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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.

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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.

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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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What Community Engagement in Education Looks Like . . . and Can Do

See how community businesses in one Tennessee school district became heavily involved with local high schools and graduation rates dramatically increased.

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In Australia, a School Designed to Excite and Engage

Check out this Australian elementary school that lives up to its vision of being "a place of optimism, excitement, and challenge."

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Emphasize Real Problems to Boost STEM Learning

Interested in creating more student-driven learning experiences, especially in the STEM? Check out these resources and ideas.

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"Fitting In" PBL

Read about how four teachers fit PBL into their curriculum through scalable projects that challenged and enriched students while meeting the standards.

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Failure Is Essential to Learning

To help these kids make the kinds of gains they need to master the Common Core, students must learn to receive feedback and also how to use it to improve.

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Why Math?

Make math meaningful by using numeracy to frame the economic, public policy, and global issues that your students are likely to face as adults.

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15+ Ways of Teaching Every Student to Code (Even Without a Computer)

Vicki Davis, a computer science teacher and IT integrator, shares this extensive list of year-round resources for teaching students how to code.

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Building Brain Literacy in Elementary Students

Neurologist, teacher, author and Edutopia blogger Judy Willis discusses the benefits of teaching elementary students how their brains work.

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Planning the Best Curriculum Unit Ever

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Linda Darling-Hammond on Becoming Internationally Competitive

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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Free Resources and Downloads for Project Learning

Educators from Maine have shared details about their administration, school culture, professional development, and curriculum -- materials you may adapt for your class, school, or school district.

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Backwards Planning Takes Thinking Ahead

Blogger and teacher education instructor Rebecca Alber compares backwards lesson planning to prepping for a vacation. (Updated 10/2013)

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Formative Assessment Is Transformational!

More than just numbers in a grade book, formative assessment practices can change how you teach, how your students learn, and how your classroom functions.

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6 Steps to Help Students Find Order in Their Thinking

Edutopia blogger Ben Johnson compares M.C. Escher's repetitive art designs to the patterns in thinking we can encourage and develop in students.

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