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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.

Teachers can do a few things to help themselves and students remain motivated through the end of the year.
For their academic tasks to have real meaning, students need to both become involved in and find value in their work.
Often, those nonteaching school staff -- custodians, bus drivers, lunchroom workers, and secretaries -- can share local historical information to help you add to your curriculum.
Heather Wolpert-Gawron May 14, 2009
Educators can take a few steps to advance student achievement and make day-to-day teaching a little less challenging.
Having a community of colleagues helps teachers cope with the heartbreak that is an inherent part of this profession.
Crafting a resume or learning how to change the oil in a car are relevant to students' real lives of students, but they should be viewed as springboards into more rigorous study.
Educators are challenged with sifting through countless online resources and then knowing how to use the gems in their classrooms.
Heather Wolpert-Gawron April 30, 2009
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Ben Johnson April 28, 2009
A student-centered classroom is a place where kids create their own questions -- and find their own solutions.