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

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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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5 Powerful Questions Teachers Can Ask Students

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Gratitude: A Powerful Tool for Your Classroom

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Use Humor to Teach Your Students About Careful Communication

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New Teachers: Lesson and Curriculum Planning

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5 Powerful Questions Teachers Can Ask Students

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11 Ways to Help Students Overcome Creative Blocks

Check out these strategies and approaches for bringing more creativity into the classroom and inspiring young artists.

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Weaving SEL Skills Into Book Talks

Book Talks provide an ideal way to build students' problem-solving skills by deepening their insights into written materials.

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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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Reel Character: Using Film to Enhance Social and Emotional Learning

By viewing films through the filter of character development, students can understand how traits and mindsets so often influence the choices that people make.

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Gamification: Engaging Students With Narrative

Gamify a classroom by introducing a fun narrative, reframing assignments to fit into that narrative, and making students care about the outcome.

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A PBL Unit: Critiquing the Value of Daylight Saving Time

Using project-based learning, a middle-school teacher proposes tackling with students the antiquated practice of Daylight Saving Time.

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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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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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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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Common Core in Action: Writing for an Audience

Edutopia blogger Rebecca Alber provides meaningful writing tasks for all grade levels that are aligned to the Common Core.

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English-Language Learners and Academic Language

Larry Ferlazzo and Katie Hull Sypnieski explain how English-language learners must develop academic language proficiency as well as communicative competence, and provide a lesson plan they have used successfully with their ELL students.

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6 Baseball-Themed Classroom Activities for the World Series

Explore some resources for using the World Series to bring history, math, social studies, music, and visual arts to your classroom.

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3 Great Films for Teaching About Globalization and Modernization

Guest blogger Eileen Mattingly, Director of Education for Journeys in Film, discusses methods for teaching about globalization and modernization, including foreign feature films that tell compelling stories of modern life in other parts of the world.

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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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