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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.
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.
Students are more likely to do homework if the assignments are engaging, relevant, and reasonable -- and if the teacher makes them accountable for it.
Follow Mariah's journey from informal learning as a kid with a passion for science to a young adult on a STEM career path.
The way to engage students is to make sure that they care about the material and that they know how much you care about them.
When students care about an assignment, they're willing to take greater risks and are more likely to excel in their product.
The key to creating a culture of acceptance begins with helping students articulate how they see themselves and the labels they give each other.
Alison Derbenwick Miller August 22, 2014
Robust computer science curriculum is necessary for our society's future. Here are five steps to engage teachers and students in this critical area of study.

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