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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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Teaching With Web-Based Resources

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DIY: 3 Reasons Why It's Better than Rescue-by-Google

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Gamification: Engaging Students With Narrative

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Learning With Nature

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Teaching With Web-Based Resources

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11 Ways to Help Students Overcome Creative Blocks

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"Can't I Just Choose My Own Topic?"

By inviting her class to choose their own subjects for a historical reformers project, Sarah Cooper learned a lot about her students' interests and passions.

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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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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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Teaching the '60s and the Art of the Film

Your input is requested to help program an American Studies course for spring 2015 that will teach political and cultural history through the filmmaker's lens.

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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.

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Advanced Level Projects with Scratch: Fun with Fractals

The series about coding with Scratch concludes with an advanced lesson in recursion, opening the door to the mysterious yet ultimately logical world of fractals.

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Intermediate Level Projects with Scratch: Random Shapes On Demand!

The Scratch series continues with an intermediate lesson in which fifth graders and older students learn how to create code for generating and naming polygons.

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Common Core in Action: Teaching Critical Thinking and Questioning

Edutopia blogger Heather Wolpert-Gawron outlines how project-based learning, with a focus on the common core, and iPads engaged her students in critical thinking and questioning.

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Clarity Through Brevity: Integrating Six-Word Memoirs

History teacher, curriculum coordinator and NY Times contributor Jonathan Olsen introduces us to the six-word memoir, a simple, concise language arts tool for sharpening student focus.

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Free Online Resources Engage Elementary Kids (Tech2Learn Series)

Fifth-grade teacher Nicole Dalesio keeps her class motivated to learn by encouraging them to create multimedia presentations and projects using technology tools on the Web.

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Tame the Beast: Tips for Designing and Using Rubrics

Blogger Andrew Miller shares his experiences and suggestions for creating rubrics that will make students' -- and teachers' -- lives much easier.

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5 Ways to Give Your Students More Voice and Choice

Edutopia blogger Rebecca Alber offers up five ways to inspire more student-centered learning in your classroom.

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To Teach Facts, Start With Feelings

Students are more likely to engage in learning if you present the material in the context of a story conveying emotions that they can understand.

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New-Teacher Academy: Lesson Planning

Blogger Lisa Dabbs and teacher Matt Ray offer some suggestions about lesson planning in her New Teacher Academy series.

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