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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.

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Blogger Ben Johnson explains how KWL is a fine learning tool but shouldn't be used to pretest students before teaching a lesson.
How one educator uses the popular video game platform to increase student engagement.
Blogger Heather Wolpert-Gawron presents several activities teachers can use to encourage deeper thinking in their students.
Guest blogger Francis Peacock reflects on how the death of a student must change one's teaching philosophy.
Blogger Suzie Boss highlights the students and their winning projects at this year’s Microsoft Imagine Cup.
Two teachers at Leadership Public School in Hayward, CA share their insights into what makes a successful team teaching partnership.
Mary Beth Hertz suggests focusing on accomplishments and encouraging positive student reflection to end the year.
Dr. Judy Willis shares some tips for structuring achievable challenge and demonstrating incremental progress to plan more effective instruction.
Writing/tutoring center, 826 LA serves up some delicious prose in partnership with a local high school.
When teaching grammar, guest blogger Steve Peha gets rid of the jargon and focuses on patterns.