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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.

To recover from your worst day of teaching, cry on a friendly shoulder, breathe, plan for community, prioritize, get perspective -- and please don't quit!
When we recognize a mental model surfacing that doesn't seem to be of service, either in ourselves or in another, here are some approaches for shifting it.
Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher April 15, 2015
Among the top strategies for highly effective professional development are making it useful, making it relevant, and making sure that teachers start practicing it ASAP.
Joshua Block April 15, 2015
Unplanned interactions and observations can provide teachers with clues about who students really are, what they're thinking, and what they need in order to learn.
Humans are social animals because our survival depends on it. Here are four strategies for teaching students how their brains work through acts of collaboration.
As a classroom tool, interactive fiction sharpens close reading and writing, and logical and critical thinking. It also reinforces systems and design thinking skills.
Give students a face for their audience and let them find the passion in their message through problem solving, advocacy, raising awareness, or publication.
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