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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.

Boyhood: A Great Film to Use With Teens

Mark Phillips suggests using "Boyhood" to help teens discuss family and social issues, with tips for dealing with the film's unusual length and R rating.

6 Teaching Tools for Black History Month

From interactive timelines and rich multimedia to lesson plans and study guides, find a variety of web resources that can help bring black history into the classroom.

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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Using Old Tech (Not Edtech) to Teach Thinking Skills

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Great Displays in the Great Outdoors: Bringing Student Work to Life

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Boyhood: A Great Film to Use With Teens

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On-the-Spot Scaffolding for Students

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5 Highly Effective Teaching Practices

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4 Best Practices in Implementing GBL

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7 Super Bowl Lesson Plans and Resources for the Classroom

Explore a curated list of Super Bowl lesson plans and resources from around the web.

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4 Best Practices in Implementing GBL

For successful gamification, build the excitement, use the data you collect, make the game fun for all students, and never underestimate the value of play.

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Your Possible Year: Resolutions, Reflections, Risks - and Laughs

January 1 is the middle of the school year, but it's also an ideal moment for teachers to reset the clock and refresh their expectations.

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Cracking the "Ice-Breaker Project" Jinx

Through teaching their classmates, reflecting on the experience, and refining their presentations, students learn how to create authentic, meaningful work.

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Literacy Through Photography for English-Language Learners

By engaging ELLs with creating, identifying, and narrating through photographs, you can help them learn language by challenging their thinking in other media.

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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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Word Up: The Must Dos of Vocabulary Instruction

Do you display words and use those words daily in class? Check out these five must dos for teaching vocabulary.

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Ideas for Using Minecraft in the Classroom

Blogger Andrew Miller explores ways to bring game-based learning to the classroom using Minecraft.

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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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The Writing Workshop: A Valuable Tool for Differentiation and Formative Assessment (Guest Blog)

The writing workshop is a valuable framework in which differentiated instruction, formative assessment, and composition theory can develop students' critical literacy. (Guest blogger: Jennifer Sharpe)

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Using Old Tech (Not Edtech) to Teach Thinking Skills

Butcher paper and Post-it notes can help students understand the collaborative thinking that takes place on a shared Google Doc.

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Why Arts Education Must Be Saved

Schools draw on the community to bring art and music to students.

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Back to School: Goal Setting With Your Students

Blogger Maurice Elias explores 12 virtues for teachers to use when goal setting with students.

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5 Ways to Say Goodbye to Your Graduating Students

Edutopia blogger Rebecca Alber offers five classroom end-of-the-year activities for engaging your graduating students.

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