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

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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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Teaching With Web-Based Resources

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DIY: 3 Reasons Why It's Better than Rescue-by-Google

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Gamification: Engaging Students With Narrative

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Learning With Nature

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Teaching With Web-Based Resources

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11 Ways to Help Students Overcome Creative Blocks

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Blogger Elena Aguilar shares the power of teaching kids about Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad.

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Maya Angelou's Poetry: A Lesson in Service, History, SEL, and Civics

Blogger Maurice Elias outlines a high school lesson with Maya Angelou's poem, "A Brave and Startling Truth."

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English-Language Learners and Academic Language

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Teaching History by Connecting Human Intelligence, Innovation and Agency

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22 Simple Ideas for Harnessing Creativity in the Elementary Classroom

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The Importance of Play in Preparing for Standardized Testing

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What Kind of Teacher Do You Want?

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How to Build a Calendar for Project-Based Learning

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Lessons From Nelson Mandela's Life and Legacy

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A New Instructional Model Keeps At-Risk Kids Engaged

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Can Stress Help Students?

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