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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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5 Powerful Questions Teachers Can Ask Students

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Gratitude: A Powerful Tool for Your Classroom

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Use Humor to Teach Your Students About Careful Communication

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5 Powerful Questions Teachers Can Ask Students

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Use Humor to Teach Your Students About Careful Communication

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Your Possible Year: Resolutions, Reflections, Risks - and Laughs

January 1 is the middle of the school year, but it's also an ideal moment for teachers to reset the clock and refresh their expectations.

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Cracking the "Ice-Breaker Project" Jinx

Through teaching their classmates, reflecting on the experience, and refining their presentations, students learn how to create authentic, meaningful work.

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Word Up: The Must Dos of Vocabulary Instruction

Do you display words and use those words daily in class? Check out these five must dos for teaching vocabulary.

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Still Can't Remember All Their Names?

How using multiple modalities to teach can help you remember student names -- and the activities are Common Core aligned.

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Igniting Student Writer Voice With Writing Process Strategies

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.

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Gratitude: A Powerful Tool for Your Classroom

By exercising the "gratitude muscle" with a gratitude journal, students can harness positive thinking to increase their grades, goals, and quality of life.

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Provide the Gift of Giving for Students

Bring the true spirit of the holidays to your school by showing students how they can use their learning to shine a bright light in others' lives.

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Resources and Lesson Plans for Financial Literacy

Educators from Ariel Community Academy, in Chicago, have provided lesson plans and web resources to help you get started.

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To Teach Facts, Start With Feelings

Students are more likely to engage in learning if you present the material in the context of a story conveying emotions that they can understand.

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March Madness Meets AP Lit

Guest blogger Brian Sztabnik uses the NCAA bracketing model to whip his AP Lit class into a literature-embracing frenzy as they rank their votes to determine the best poem or novel they've read all year.

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5-Minute Film Festival: 10 Great Video Resources for Teaching Math

Spice up your math lessons with these engaging, interesting, and entertaining teaching videos.

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How and Why Intrinsic Motivation Works

Discover approaches for helping students feel personal autonomy, choice, and self-determination.

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4 Tips for Writing in the Math Classroom

Writing is a universal thread that can unite all content areas. Check out these four tips to help bring writing into your math curriculum.

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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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