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Lesson Plans

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

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.

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.

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To Teach Facts, Start With Feelings

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Igniting Student Writer Voice With Writing Process Strategies

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Provide the Gift of Giving for Students

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Word Up: The Must Dos of Vocabulary Instruction

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Still Can't Remember All Their Names?

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Foreign Language Teachers - Making Repetition Less Boring

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Resources and Tools for PBL Start to Finish

Educators from Manor New Technology High School in Manor, Texas, part of the New Tech Network of schools, have provided these resources and tools for project-based learning.

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The Educator's Village: Creative Commons for Classroom Lessons

Blogger Andy Marcinek and fellow teacher Michael Milton describe the thinking that led to The Educator's Village, a new hub for sharing and exchanging lessons among education professionals.

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Summer Learning Tips

Blogger Danielle Moss Lee reviews a number of ways (many of them fun) to keep children engaged during summer break and give them a running start for the new school year.

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Year-End Tech Reflections

Blogger Nick Provenzano encourages us to review which tech tools we used during the school year, how effective they were, and whether we should use them again.

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Combining SEL and Social Studies

Blogger Maurice Elias presents a social studies lesson that challenges students to think with their heads and their hearts.

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Searching for Voice: The Colossal Failure of Free Writing Analyzers

Blogger Todd Finley, after amusing yet disastrous experiments with online writing analyzers, suggests a number of creative ways to help young writers find a voice that fits.

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Seven Tips for Building Positive Relationships with English-Language Learners

Teachers Larry Ferlazzo and Katie Hull Sypnieski share seven suggestions for reaching out to and gaining the confidence of English-language learners in the classroom.

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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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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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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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Building Classroom Community Amongst the Machines

Edutopia blogger Andrew Marcinek reviews the meaning of community to a generation growing up on social media, and offers three exercises for strengthening human interaction within a classroom full of devices.

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Game Jam Your Classroom

Edutopia blogger Andrew Miller explains what a game jam is and how you can use it to teach and assess 21st century skills, focus on deeper learning, and present content.

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Defining Authenticity in Historical Problem Solving

History teacher Rob Hallock continues Sammamish High School's blog series about the seven key elements for integrating PBL with a description of presenting his students with authentic problems to solve.

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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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Sponge Activities

Looking for a few meaningful activities to soak up extra classroom time? Download this list of engaging sponge activities to help you with the unexpected.

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