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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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Building Staff Rapport With Flash Lessons

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5 Highly Effective Teaching Practices

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Exit Celebrating: 8 Epic Ideas for Ending the School Year

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Exit Celebrating: 8 Epic Ideas for Ending the School Year

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4 Tips for Writing in the Math Classroom

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Building Staff Rapport With Flash Lessons

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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 the '60s and the Art of the Film

Your input is requested to help program an American Studies course for spring 2015 that will teach political and cultural history through the filmmaker's lens.

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Advanced Level Projects with Scratch: Fun with Fractals

The series about coding with Scratch concludes with an advanced lesson in recursion, opening the door to the mysterious yet ultimately logical world of fractals.

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Intermediate Level Projects with Scratch: Random Shapes On Demand!

The Scratch series continues with an intermediate lesson in which fifth graders and older students learn how to create code for generating and naming polygons.

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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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Back to School: A Surefire Strategy for Building Classroom Community

Blogger Anne Shaw highlights a fun, beginning-of-the-year strategy that includes a roll of toilet paper.

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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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The Science of Fear

The amygdala is your brain's 911 operator, triggering a hardwired reaction to danger. Fear is fun to learn about, but fear itself can hinder learning!

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Resources and Downloads for Financial Literacy

Explore resources and downloads for educators seeking to help students learn financial concepts, practice money management, and build strong financial decision-making and economic-reasoning skills.

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How to Teach Kids About Factoring a Polynomial

Jose Vilson challenges the frequently taught method for factoring polynomials with an example that demonstrates why he's such a highly regarded middle school math teacher.

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

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

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

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