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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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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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6 Teaching Tools for Black History Month

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What Does the "Special" in Special Education Mean?

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How and Why Intrinsic Motivation Works

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Still Can't Remember All Their Names?

How using multiple modalities to teach can help you remember student names -- and the activities are Common Core aligned.

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Igniting Student Writer Voice With Writing Process Strategies

Different strategies can motivate different kinds of writers. Try free writing or journaling for the prewrite, and the RAFT model or window activity for the draft.

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Gratitude: A Powerful Tool for Your Classroom

By exercising the "gratitude muscle" with a gratitude journal, students can harness positive thinking to increase their grades, goals, and quality of life.

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Provide the Gift of Giving for Students

Bring the true spirit of the holidays to your school by showing students how they can use their learning to shine a bright light in others' lives.

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5-Minute Film Festival: Happy Halloween!

It's time to put on a costume and have some spooky fun with this playlist of Halloween-related videos compiled by VideoAmy.

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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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5 Tips for Helping a Student Find the Right Book

Research shows that children want assistance with finding a reading book. While your students search the stacks, here's some helpful tips for teachers.

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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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Tools for Teaching: How to Transform Direct Instruction

Blogger Rebecca Alber encourages teachers to transform their direct instruction into more student-centered learning activities.

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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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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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Common Core Standard: Third Grade Math Strategies

Edutopia blogger Mary Beth Hertz suggests some student-centered learning methods to meet the Common Core requirement of teaching multiplication and division to third graders.

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Fostering Student Questions: Strategies for Inquiry-Based Learning

Consider using at least one of these protocols -- QFT, Chalk Talk, Say Something, or the Harkness Discussion -- to foster student inquiry.

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To Teach Facts, Start With Feelings

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