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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.

PBL can align with CCSS when teachers, knowing their kids' interests and abilities, let projects evolve to meet student needs as well as the standards.
Teach elementary students about banking by generating excitement in the project, building it into the curriculum, partnering with parents and community, and careful planning.
Teachers can inspire students by bringing the lives and works of contemporary artists into the classroom.
In 2007, my co-teacher and I noticed that students felt increasingly like the world was "happening to them," as if they had no ability to affect positive change. This, coupled with the question "When am I going to use this?" led to the inspiration which has become the Fifth-Grade Environmental Project.
Reading together inspires thinking together -- and sets the stage for action as we look for opportunities to put ideas into practice.
A new toolkit from Harvard University’s Center for Education Policy Research provides resources to help educators leverage video observations in school communities to improve teacher practice and student learning.
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We interact with the economy every day, but how well do we really understand it? This new video series aims to change that, with 20 short films explaining concepts like debt, money, and supply and demand.
Instead of teaching coding, start with design thinking and empathy. Have students design a service-oriented app and then figure out how they can build it.
Rather than mindless or irrelevant busywork, homework should invite students to learn what they can from their home life and take it back to school.
In part four of his year-long series, Kevin Jarrett reflects on month #1 in a middle school makerspace, reviewing assumptions, what's going well, and what could be better.

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