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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.

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.
Monica Burns November 4, 2015
Whether it's remote guest readers, digital exit slips, or responses in text and drawing, technology can personalize the read-aloud experience for every student in class.
Educators should pay close attention to their students' and colleagues' stories and, through "storientation," use these shared feelings and expectations to create desired outcomes.
Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher November 3, 2015
To make money less of an abstract concept, give students hands-on financial literacy experiences through simulations, games, and real-world entrepreneurial projects.
To better understand how educating individuals can make a global difference, consider what we should stop doing, what we should start doing, and what we should continue doing.
Virtual professional development increases access, creates meaningful connections, and supports educators with the help of virtual tools for video conferencing, live sessions, and online courses.
Jayne Clare November 2, 2015
Here are nine apps to help special ed students of all ages build emotional literacy, learn self-regulation, and focus on problem solving and task planning.


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