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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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Helping Students Start the School Year With a Positive Mindset

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Pokemon Go... and Global Success Skills?

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9 Ways to Plan Transformational Lessons: Planning the Best Curriculum Unit Ever

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How to Teach Kids About Factoring a Polynomial

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Helping Students Start the School Year With a Positive Mindset

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Open Educational Resources (OER): Resource Roundup

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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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Teaching With Web-Based Resources

Web-based teaching starts with identifying and vetting your resources, creating a lesson plan, and developing online handouts that provide information and encourage student participation.

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The Fever Dream: A Personal Narrative Exercise

Blogger and Professor Todd Finley shares his personal speed-driven narrative writing exercise.

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Outdoor Mindfulness Exercises for Earth Day

Guest blogger Patrick Cook Deegan, a mindfulness mentor and consultant, teaches students about Earth Day by bringing them outside and engaging their senses. He shares six easy steps to help your class appreciate their natural surroundings.

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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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Pow! How Comics in the Classroom Can Combat Bullying

Comic strips contests can be used as a tool for educating students about bullying.

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How to Teach with Technology

Students fire off new lesson plans for the digital classroom.

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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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