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Academic Sponge Activities

A "sponge activity" is a lesson soaking up precious time that would otherwise be lost. Hint: it should be fun as well as educational.

Five-Minute Film Festival: 10 Sources for Free Lesson Plans

Exploring free lesson planning resources can be overwhelming. Some are extremely useful, and others not so much. Here, VideoAmy shares a list of 10 of her favorite lesson planning tools available, as well as a playlist of videos to help teachers utilize them.

A Lesson About Cesar Chavez and Civil Rights

Check out this engaging lesson on Cesar Chavez that uses primary sources and discussion to inspire critical thinking and empathy.

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How Emotions Affect Learning, Behaviors, and Relationships

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Equity is Fostered Through What We Teach and What We Don't

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Islands of Personality and Trains of Thought

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Lesson Plan: History Superheroes

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Islands of Personality and Trains of Thought

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Designing Science Inquiry: Claim + Evidence + Reasoning = Explanation

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Sponge Activities

Looking for a few meaningful activities to soak up extra classroom time? Download this list of engaging sponge activities to help you with the unexpected.

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Online Library Lets You Explore Exemplary Student Work

This free resource can help you find amazing project ideas.

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Building Staff Rapport With Flash Lessons

A hands-on administrator asks teachers to become students for a class period and, at his prompting, model trust, academic risk taking, and camaraderie.

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The Inner Cities Poetry Arts Project

Turn your students into poets by inspiring them to free-write about their inner world, introducing them to the rhythms of poetry, and prompting them with images and possible titles.

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Equity is Fostered Through What We Teach and What We Don't

An examination of social studies textbooks reveals large gaps in a commitment to equity. Teachers can begin to counter this by incorporating curriculum that is culturally responsive.   

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Earth Day: Lesson Plans, Reading Lists, and Classroom Ideas

To help teachers incorporate Earth Day into the classroom, Matt Davis has compiled and curated some of the best classroom resources from around the web.

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Islands of Personality and Trains of Thought

In her third post about the film "Inside Out," Lori Desautels explores visualizing the memories and emotions that inform students' identities and shape their cognitive processes.

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April Fool's Day in the Classroom: 8 Resources for Teachers

April Fool's Day can be an excellent time to bring humor into the classroom. Use this list of prank ideas, humorous lesson plans, and other resources to help you celebrate at school.

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How Emotions Affect Learning, Behaviors, and Relationships

In the first of five posts about the film "Inside Out," Lori Desautels offers strategies to help explore how joy, sadness, fear, anger, and disgust can help students.  

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5 Powerful Questions Teachers Can Ask Students

To inspire more inquiry in the classroom, blogger Rebecca Alber offers up five questions to routinely ask students.

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5 Highly Effective Teaching Practices

Check out these researched-based, best teaching practices and share with us the ways you already use them in your classroom.

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April Fool's Day in the Classroom: 8 Resources for Teachers

April Fool's Day can be an excellent time to bring humor into the classroom. Use this list of prank ideas, humorous lesson plans, and other resources to help you celebrate at school.

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Bell Ringer Exercises

Edutopia blogger Todd Finley presents an overview of bell work - short, focused exercises to help students make the most of valuable classroom time.

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Resources and Downloads for Teaching Critical Thinking

Educators from the Bay Area's KIPP King Collegiate High School and the KIPP network have provided these resources for you to use in your own school.

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Resources and Downloads for Differentiated Instruction

Educators from Mesquite Elementary School, in Tucson, Arizona, have provided these resources for you to use in your own school.

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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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