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Lesson Plans

Want the nuts and bolts of how other teachers are presenting material? Find Edutopia-curated downloadable and linked resources here.

Boyhood: A Great Film to Use With Teens

Mark Phillips suggests using "Boyhood" to help teens discuss family and social issues, with tips for dealing with the film's unusual length and R rating.

6 Teaching Tools for Black History Month

From interactive timelines and rich multimedia to lesson plans and study guides, find a variety of web resources that can help bring black history into the classroom.

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.

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.

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Great Displays in the Great Outdoors: Bringing Student Work to Life

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5 Powerful Questions Teachers Can Ask Students

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4 Best Practices in Implementing GBL

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5 Highly Effective Teaching Practices

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7 Classroom Resources for Pi Day

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3 Great Films for Teaching About Globalization and Modernization

Guest blogger Eileen Mattingly, Director of Education for Journeys in Film, discusses methods for teaching about globalization and modernization, including foreign feature films that tell compelling stories of modern life in other parts of the world.

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The Key of Connection

Guest blogger Lori Desautels draws on the tradition of the birth song from Namibia's Himba tribe for a heartfelt examination of how we can encourage our students to reflect on and share their core identities.

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How to Build Students' Creative Confidence

Edutopia blogger Suzie Boss proposes teachers carve out a Genius Hour, providing students a regular time each week to tackle projects that reflect their personal interests and passions.

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Common Core in Action: Teaching Critical Thinking and Questioning

Edutopia blogger Heather Wolpert-Gawron outlines how project-based learning, with a focus on the common core, and iPads engaged her students in critical thinking and questioning.

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Good-to-Go Projects for 2014

Edutopia blogger Suzie Boss proposes teachers start with a ready-made plan they can adapt to fit within the context of their classroom.

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Writing Superhero Conclusions with the Phantom Endings Exercise

Guest Blogger Caroline Trull introduces phantom endings, an ELA compositional exercise that teaches students how a concluding paragraph works and how to write one.

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Lessons From Nelson Mandela's Life and Legacy

Edutopia blogger and educator Elena Aguilar shares ways for bringing the many lessons from Nelson Mandela's life into the classroom.

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3 Great Films for Teaching About Globalization and Modernization

Guest blogger Eileen Mattingly, Director of Education for Journeys in Film, discusses methods for teaching about globalization and modernization, including foreign feature films that tell compelling stories of modern life in other parts of the world.

2 240 12,118 views
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Eight Classroom Resources to Help Teach About Hurricane Sandy

Edutopia's editorial assistant shares some great primary sources for helping kids understand the forces behind hurricanes and other natural disasters.

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Lessons From Nelson Mandela's Life and Legacy

Edutopia blogger and educator Elena Aguilar shares ways for bringing the many lessons from Nelson Mandela's life into the classroom.

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A New Instructional Model Keeps At-Risk Kids Engaged

Algebra teacher Kadhir Rajagopal shares an in-class strategy for keeping students invested in the learning process.

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What Kind of Teacher Do You Want?

Guest blogger Philip McIntosh, a 7th grade learner-in-chief at Challenger Middle School in Colorado Springs, describes how students deeply engaged in a project when they had a personal stake in the data being evaluated.

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Literacy Through Photography for English-Language Learners

By engaging ELLs with creating, identifying, and narrating through photographs, you can help them learn language by challenging their thinking in other media.

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Five-Minute Film Festival: The Best Cat Videos for Educators

Need a break from the end-of-the-year pressure? This Five-Minute Film Festival gives you something to laugh about, with a round-up of entertaining animal videos.

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