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K-12 Education Tips & Strategies That Work

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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.

Matthew Farber, Ed.D. June 23, 2016
To learn about complex systems, students explored the basics of game development for a perspective on the causes and effects of global climate change.
Using QR codes and AR, math teachers can connect to tutorials, make their word wall interactive, share student work, explore 3D shapes, and update old textbooks.
Teach students to evaluate what data needs to be gathered, what characterizes fact versus opinion, and where to find the most current and useful information.
Check out these tips for parents who are educators on navigating their child's education and advocating when necessary.
Use young children's understanding of differences to teach social justice through age-appropriate literature, news stories, anti-bias lessons, familiar examples, and problem solving.
High-poverty schools can meet student, professional, and system learning agendas by strengthening instructional framework, targeted interventions, reading proficiency, reflective practice, and data-based inquiry.
When tragedies happen, it can be difficult for young people to process their emotions and manage stress. Here are a few resources from around the web to help teachers, administrators, and parents respond.
Trinidad Garza Early College High School helped Carlos Nava define and reinforce his personal narrative outside of the confines of society.
Raise your underserved students' expectations by raising your own, and create a series of reachable, data-based goals, scaffolding your instruction and mitigating their fear of failure.

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