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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.

Performance-based assessments share the key characteristic of accurately measuring one or more specific course standards. They are also complex, authentic, process/product-oriented, open-ended, and time-bound.
Understand the available platforms, document uploading options, and social media uses when considering how your district's digital hub will look and who will have access.
Heather Wolpert-Gawron December 7, 2015
If you don't already, get to know the sheer volume of free online resources out there available to teachers.
A study shows how teachers built their in-class technology integration around five conceptions: theory, creativity, public learning, life preparation, and contextual accommodations.
Amy Erin Borovoy (aka VideoAmy) December 4, 2015
The Parent Toolkit website is a fantastic resource for parents of pre-K-12 students. We've rounded up some of the best videos and tools from the collection here.
In part five of his year-long series, Kevin Jarrett highlights the tools and systems that drive the excitement and invention in his middle school makerspace.
Whether improving on the traditional slide show or inspiring new adventures in information design, these free iPad tools help you capture attention and share information.
William Parrett and Kathleen Budge December 3, 2015
Poverty affects students' state of mind, and educators must be sensitive of the terms commonly used when discussing children and families living in poverty.
John McCarthy December 3, 2015
For students to care deeply about learning, provide significant content, the opportunity to apply real-world content skills, and an authentic purpose for a real-world need.
Teacher teams can take a big step toward effective communication by naming what they want to hear and see in group conversations and what they don't want to hear and see.

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