Strategies from K-12 schools, districts, and programs that are dramatically improving the learning process.
We share evidence- and practitioner-based learning strategies that empower you to improve K-12 education.
Poetry can boost adolescents' language skills and fulfill their need for self-expression -- if presented as an art form that has relevance to their lives.
Do you display words and use those words daily in class? Check out these five must dos for teaching vocabulary.
Different strategies can motivate different kinds of writers. Try free writing or journaling for the prewrite, and the RAFT model or window activity for the draft.
Contemporary dystopian fiction, including The Handmaid's Tale and The Hunger Games, offers young people a mirror for their society's fears, flaws, shortcomings, and injustices.
By adding blogs to a flipped ELA class, teachers present literacy as a design challenge where words, images, and format serve to express students' ideas.
Check out this creative classroom activity where students package their favorite line from a book, poem, movie, or song to gift to another classmate.
One teacher spiced up "The Iliad" with data visualization, inspiring middle school students to take a fresh look at narrative, themes, characterizations, and methods of fact-based inquiry.
Whether it's remote guest readers, digital exit slips, or responses in text and drawing, technology can personalize the read-aloud experience for every student in class.
Inquiry projects can get students to examine the causes and consequences of bullying and encourage them to generate their own solutions for change.
Introducing English-language learners to game-based learning brings the added benefits of conversation about their interests, discussion of in-class rules, and peer collaboration.
To integrate arts with core subjects, teachers should match a theme with a work of art, practice "close reading," create and reflect on a project, and try again.
For game-obsessed ELA students, consider game-centered novels like Through the Looking Glass, Ender's Game, Ready Player One, Lucky Wander Boy, and The Glass Bead Game.
Through slam poetry, students reach new heights in literacy and in life.
Authors Larry Ferlazzo and Katie Hull Sypnieski share some practical tips that are aligned to Common Core State Standards for ELA K-6. They include critical pedagogy and using technology to dub new audio into existing video.
An elementary library media specialist reviews iPad apps as they map to an updated version of Bloom's Taxonomy in this six-part series.
Blogger Heather Wolpert-Gawron launches this three-part series by advising middle school teachers to read up on brain research which will give insight on how the 'tween brain works.
A game-based unit includes structures, themes, and mechanisms for trial and error.
English teacher and connected educator Michelle Lampinen shows how weekly blogging assignments can transform a high school classroom into a community of enthusiastic writers.
Jason Cranford Teague, author and observer, makes the case that your students' ability to retain information is connected to the fonts they're seeing on the page or screen.