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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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How and Why Intrinsic Motivation Works

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6 Teaching Tools for Black History Month

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Honoring Our Families' Immigrant Narratives

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How and Why Intrinsic Motivation Works

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What Does the "Special" in Special Education Mean?

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New Teachers: How to Use Classroom Data to Inform Instruction

One of the greatest challenges for new teachers is collecting classroom data and figuring out ways to use it. Here's some helpful suggestions for taking on this task.

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Using Humor in the Classroom

Edutopia blogger Maurice Elias explains how laughter can reduce stress and offers a handful of teaching activities to lighten up the learning.

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Earth Day: Lesson Plans, Reading Lists, and Classroom Ideas

To help teachers incorporate Earth Day into the classroom, Matt Davis has compiled and curated some of the best classroom resources from around the web.

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April Fool's Day in the Classroom: 8 Resources for Teachers

April Fool's Day can be an excellent time to bring humor into the classroom. Use this list of prank ideas, humorous lesson plans, and other resources to help you celebrate at school.

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5 Highly Effective Teaching Practices

Check out these researched-based, best teaching practices and share with us the ways you already use them in your classroom.

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National Poetry Month: Useful Resources for Teachers and Students

In honor of National Poetry Month in April, Matt Davis has put together a list of useful poetry links for educators, including resources from the web, Edutopia's most popular poetry-themed blogs, and other quick reads.

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7 Classroom Resources for Pi Day

In this collection, Matt Davis rounds up some of Edutopia's favorite Pi Day resources for teachers.

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Argumentative Writing Is a Key Focus in Common Core Standards

Regardless of the subject, argumentative or persuasive writing is a key component of Common Core Standards.

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Creative Ways to Grade and Provide Feedback for Students

Students need feedback often and creating a system by rubber stamping work can provide visible and immediate proof of student progress.

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On-the-Spot Scaffolding for Students

On-the-spot scaffolding is an essential skill for teachers. Check out these three strategies for assisting students when they struggle.

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Differentiated Instruction: Helping Every Child Succeed

Mix teacher collaboration and innovative leadership with a big dose of differentiated instruction and you get Mesquite Elementary's winning recipe.

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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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5 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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10 Big Ideas for Better Classrooms: Striving to Improve Public Education

Successful examples of key elements in improving public education, including Project-Based Learning, Technology Integration, Integrated Studies, Comprehensive Assessment, and Emotional Intelligence.

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