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You'll find practical classroom strategies and tips from real educators, as well as lesson ideas, personal stories, and innovative approaches to improving your teaching practice. If you have any thoughts or comments about these blogs, please don't hesitate to let us know.

Vivian Maguire August 28, 2014
With the guest journal exercise, a literary show-and-tell taps into students' passions, gives them agency, and helps develop their thinking on a variety of subjects.
It's critical to keep bias out of the classroom, where no student deserves to be judged by his or her race, socioeconomic class, or gender.
Our relationship with nature is essential to who we are, which is why wilderness experiences are (or should be) part of every young person's education.
For students to embrace the skills needed in a changing technology landscape, teachers must coordinate knowledge, instructional practices, and technologies to positively influence academic achievement.
While each school community is unique, there's a wide range of digital tools to keep parents involved when face-to-face communication isn't possible.
SMART goals are specific, measurable, action-oriented, rigorous, and tracked. Help your students develop them through a series of ongoing peer interviews.
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.
Students are more likely to do homework if the assignments are engaging, relevant, and reasonable -- and if the teacher makes them accountable for it.
Your teaching practice doesn't have to generate stacks of paper. Evernote, Noteshelf, Doxie, and Google Drive can help you save frustration and trees.

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