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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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One-Minute Papers: A Way to Further Design Thinking

Guest blogger Ashley Nahornick, a Doctorate of Education Candidate at Teachers College Columbia, offers a one-minute strategy for introducing teachers and students to the mindset of design thinking.

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Common Core ELA Resources for Middle School Educators

Implementing Common Core English in middle school is going to be a challenge. Here, blogger Matt Davis curates some of the best resources online that can help update existing content.

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5 Powerful Questions Teachers Can Ask Students

To inspire more inquiry in the classroom, blogger Rebecca Alber offers up five questions to routinely ask students.

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Writing and Thinking Through the Student User's Guide Assignment

Guest blogger Ashley Hutchinson, in collaboration with her colleagues Stephanie Noles and Mike Flinchbaugh, explain how their high school students now come with self-written user's guides.

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5 Open Education Resources for K-5 Common Core Math

Of all the many Common Core lesson plan sources on the Web, blogger Matt Davis has chosen a few of the best that are easy to use and extremely useful.

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A Mobile App Lesson on Financial Capability

Brian Page, a high school personal finance and AP economics teacher, presents a lesson on financial capability as applied to and aided by mobile apps.

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Refocusing Students: How to Get Their Attention Back

Edutopia blogger Maurice Elias offers activities to help secondary students practice focusing their attention and then getting themselves refocused when needed.

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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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Five Ideas for Using Pop Culture to Inspire Elementary Students

Gaetan Pappalardo shares five ideas for using pop culture to inspire elementary school students.

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High-Impact Professional Development for Rural Schools

This high-quality professional development program consisting of 200 hours of training spread over two years has consistently demonstrated positive impacts on student achievement.

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The End of the Year is Near: 4 Fun Ways to Leave

Edutopia blogger Rick Curwin, recognizing that endings are difficult for both teachers and students, offers four fun, meaningful activities to help close out the year: interviewing, role-playing, giving imaginary gifts, and creating abstract art.

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Trying Something New in Your Classroom For 30 Days

Blogger and middle-school teacher Heather Wolpert-Gawron offers up a list of new things she plans to try in the classroom.

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How to Inspire Your Students to Read this Summer

Blogger Rebecca Alber gives tips and lesson ideas for inspiring your students to read this summer.

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Summer Professional Development Blog Series

Learn more about project-based learning, classroom management techniques, how to use new media tools in the classroom, and more this summer!

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