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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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Igniting Student Engagement: A Roadmap for Learning

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The Student-Centered Classroom: Communicating What Matters

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Helping Students Start the Year with a Positive Mindset

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The Student-Centered Classroom: Communicating What Matters

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Thinking Critically About Social Action Projects

Blogger Suzie Boss outlines ways in which social action projects can increase students' leadership skills.

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Design Thinking in the Classroom: Free Inspiration from the Ad Award Winners

Doctoral candidate Ashley Nahornick suggests an easy, free and inspiring lesson plan for introducing design thinking in the classroom.

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Tools for Teaching: How to Transform Direct Instruction

Blogger Rebecca Alber encourages teachers to transform their direct instruction into more student-centered learning activities.

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High school English teacher Ryan W. Ihrke looks past the dread of recreating the wheel to suggest that reinvention can actually be good for refreshing our teaching strategies.

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Teaching Children About the Brutality of War

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Six Outdoor Education Resources for Parents

Cure the summertime blues with outdoor education! In this blog, Matt Davis pulls together six of the best outdoor education resources from around the web.

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Summer Fun with Food: 10 Resources to Learn About Healthy Eating

Summer is the perfect time to teach your kids about healthy eating. Here are a variety of resources to pique interest in healthy foods at the farmer's market, in the garden, and in the kitchen.

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Telling Isn't Teaching: The Fine Art of Coaching

Blogger Richard L. Curwin compares coaching to teaching, and describes the benefits of modeling and repetitive practice over simply telling a student what to do.

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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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Read Across America: Reading and Seuss-Themed Resources for Teachers

This blog features some of the best resources on the Web to help celebrate Read Across America and Dr. Seuss's birthday on March 2. (Updated 02/2014)

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Reel Character: Using Film to Enhance Social and Emotional Learning

By viewing films through the filter of character development, students can understand how traits and mindsets so often influence the choices that people make.

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Financial Literacy: Resource Roundup

Edutopia has compiled resources 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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Superhero Science

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Cracking the "Ice-Breaker Project" Jinx

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