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

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.

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5 Powerful Questions Teachers Can Ask Students

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Using Humor in the Classroom

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Lessons From Nelson Mandela's Life and Legacy

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5 Powerful Questions Teachers Can Ask Students

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Lessons From Nelson Mandela's Life and Legacy

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Using Humor in the Classroom

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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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A Tour of High-Quality Open Education Resources (OER) for Writing

Blogger Todd Finley leads an engaging tour of open education resources for any teacher who wants his or her students to be better writers.

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The Last 40 Days Until Summer

Dr. Danielle Moss Lee proposes a few useful alternatives to rigorous testing and aimless drifting as the long countdown to summer vacation begins.

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Teacher Reviews New Student Participation App

Blogger Matt Hurst describes GoSoapBox, a fun web app that offers unique new ways to boost in-class participation.

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Five Ways to Empower Students

Teacher, student and blogger Adora Svitak explains how teachers can give students a more empowering role in their own education.

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New Teacher Academy: Lesson Planning

Blogger Lisa Dabbs and teacher Matt Ray offer some suggestions about lesson planning in her New Teacher Academy series.

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Tame the Beast: Tips for Designing and Using Rubrics

Blogger Andrew Miller shares his experiences and suggestions for creating rubrics that will make students' -- and teachers' -- lives much easier.

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Reframing and Refining the Worksheet

Edutopia blogger Andrew Miller assures us that worksheet doesn't have to be a dirty word, even in a PBL project.

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Final Portfolios: Ending the Year with Meaning

Edutopia blogger Josh Block shares his final portfolios project, a year-end activity in which students review and reflect on their work to more fully understand what they've learned and how they've grown.

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Good Instruction Activates Prior Knowledge and Uses Authentic Assessment

Blogger Elena Aguilar explains the importance of activating students' prior knowledge and using authentic assessment.

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YES Prep: A Commitment to Academic Rigor
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Academic Rigor that Prepares Students for College

Project learning, integrated studies, and comprehensive assessment support a drive to achieve high academic standards.

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Teaching Critical Thinking (with Dog Food)

Guest blogger James Bach, a tech sector specialist in critical thinking, suggests an easy and amusing exercise to familiarize students with the concept of questioning commonly held assumptions.

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Superhero Science

Guest blogger Autumn Crisp teaches her third graders about science by analyzing the powers of popular superheroes and having students scientifically invent their own mind-boggling comic book characters.

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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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