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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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Computer Science: The Future of Education

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Teaching the '60s and the Art of the Film

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The Hattie Effect: What's Essential for Effective PBL?

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The Power of "I Don't Know"

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The Hattie Effect: What's Essential for Effective PBL?

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A Truly Socially Inclusive School Benefits Everyone

Dr. Maurice Elias highlights Project UNIFY, a program that brings differently-abled students together in various forms of shared activities and purposes.

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Civic Mirror: Simulated Nation Building for Middle Schoolers

Guest blogger Aaron Kaio describes his middle school students' experience with Civic Mirror, an online program that has creatively engaged them in learning about government, law, economics and citizenship.

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Recent Polls: Do Educators Support the Common Core?

Are teachers are in favor of the new national education standards? Edutopia blogger Anne O'Brien presents the results from recent polls.

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How to Use Wild Hog Questions in the Classroom

Edutopia blogger Ben Johnson proposes teachers move past off-the-cuff and knowledge-based questions by designing questions before teaching.

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Building a Successful In‐District Online Program

Guest blogger Jennifer Sayre walks us through ten tips - five each for administrators and course designers - on what it takes to build and launch an online program in a public school district.

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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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Ownership and Agency Will Propel STEM Learning

Edutopia blogger Matt Levinson presents evidence, from disappointing math and science assessment scores to Steve Wozniak's groundbreaking creativity, that the best way forward in STEM learning is by letting students lead.

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Intervention for Failing Students: What Matters Most?

People, not programs, matter most when it comes to intervention for struggling students.

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Helping Students Develop the Skills to Focus

Edutopia blogger Maurice Elias shares a classroom activity that helps K-8 students develop their ability to focus and pay better attention.

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An Introduction to Integrated Studies

Combining academic subjects produces deeper learning.

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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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Common Core Big Idea Series 1: A New Blueprint

In this first of a five-part series, educators Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins suggest that understanding the standards' design and focus rather than zeroing in on grade-level standards is an important first step.

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Five Books That Have Influenced My Teaching

Computer teacher and blogger Mary Beth Hertz recommends some of her favorite books for some holiday reading.

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Resources for Learning About Empathy on Valentine's Day

Empathy is an important tool for students. Here, blogger Matt Davis covers some great resources to help teachers bring empathy lessons into the classroom.

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