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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.

Google Hangouts can be an accessible, low-cost tool for teaching educators about technology or turning snow days into PD sessions -- among many other possibilities.
Using project-based learning, a middle-school teacher proposes tackling with students the antiquated practice of Daylight Saving Time.
Patrick Cook Deegan April 21, 2015
Guest blogger Patrick Cook Deegan, a mindfulness mentor and consultant, teaches students about Earth Day by bringing them outside and engaging their senses. He shares six easy steps to help your class appreciate their natural surroundings.
Hunter Maats and Katie O'Brien April 21, 2015
Students learn better when their "thinking" includes thinking about the material plus how to dig in, break it apart, understand it, and build on that.
Here are six challenges and solutions, based on task simplicity and clear instruction, for helping students with ADHD develop their essay-writing skills.
School improvement coach Elena Aguilar explains why Teacher Appreciation Day is not enough when it comes to giving gratitude to educators.
Teachers, when it comes to student discipline: Do you do the foxtrot, the tango, or swing dance?
Interested in creating more student-driven learning experiences, especially in the STEM? Check out these resources and ideas.
By promoting code literacy, schools could improve education equity, offer inclusion for students with ASD, improve STEM proficiency, and build neuroplasticity associated with multilingual education.
Inspired by his colleagues, one teacher learned to differentiate instruction, foster a flexible learning environment, avoid harshly penalizing failure, and encourage problem solving and innovation.

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