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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.

Spice up your math lessons with these engaging, interesting, and entertaining teaching videos.
Beth Holland February 25, 2016
Design thinking and PBL can bridge what we know and how we innovate. Try combining these two practices as an instructional framework for teaching 21st-century skills.
Matt Davis February 24, 2016
In this collection, Matt Davis rounds up a few favorite Pi Day resources for teachers.
Take virtual field trips to visit student- and teacher-created collections of museum objects with a new online learning platform.
With digital tools like Nearpod, Classkick, Educreations, Explain Everything, and Seesaw, teachers can leverage student-centered, personalized learning in whole-group instruction, guided and independent practice, and reflection.
In honor of National Poetry Month in April, Matt Davis has put together a list of useful poetry links for educators, including resources from the web, Edutopia's most popular poetry-themed blogs, and other quick reads.
Ainissa Ramirez @ainissaramirez February 23, 2016
Young children are always asking "why?" because humans are born scientists. We can nurture this by modeling the value of curiosity, exploration, and experimentation.
Incorporating brain breaks and focused-attention practices into the school day can invite novelty and quiet while boosting students' brain health and knowledge acquisition.
During revision, students should work closely together, share often, discuss models, add details, delete the unnecessary, and rearrange for clarity and effect.
Mark Phillips draws compelling case studies (for both students and teachers) from a masterful French film about the tensions and possibilities in a multicultural classroom.

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