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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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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

Larry Ferlazzo and Katie Hull Sypnieski explain how English-language learners must develop academic language proficiency as well as communicative competence, and provide a lesson plan they have used successfully with their ELL students.

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Teaching History by Connecting Human Intelligence, Innovation and Agency

Guest blogger Linda Levstik, a professor of social studies and history education, reduces the archaeological concept of chaine operatoire into five basic steps that help preservice teachers introduce their students to human intelligence, innovation...

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22 Simple Ideas for Harnessing Creativity in the Elementary Classroom

Kindergarten inclusion teacher Trisha Riche' inspires her students -- and her readers -- to play, learn and teach outside of the box.

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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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Can Stress Help Students?

Stress might not always be the enemy. Research shows that positive stress can strengthen the immune system, enhance memory and learning, and improve decision-making skills.

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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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How to Build a Calendar for Project-Based Learning

The Buck Institute's Andrew Miller shares a couple of useful templates for calendaring a project-based class.

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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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Easy Projects to Get Started with Scratch: Drawing 2D Shapes

Programming a computer is simply telling it what to do, and tools like Scratch convert this language into images to familiarize elementary students with coding.

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The Importance of Play in Preparing for Standardized Testing

Principal and blogger Matt Levinson suggests playing with the standardized test format to build student familiarity and confidence for what needn't be such a dreaded event.

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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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