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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.

The best ways to build trust with parents are thinking before you react, being fully present, not offering quick fixes, and committing to follow-ups.
Terry Heick reflects on the many levels of giving that happen within our teaching practice, and considers how he can give more -- and more efficiently.
Scott Bedley @scotteach November 24, 2014
Find a new dimension to maker education with an un-makerspace, a classroom set up for dismantling obsolete technology to investigate how it works.
Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher November 21, 2014
Beyond knowing what someone likes and needs, the secret to a successful tech gift is understanding what devices they have and how they use them.
Nerds need gifts, too! How about a pen made of magnets, a Bluetooth cassette adapter, or a crust cutter that reduces your sandwich to Tetris pieces?
Two adventurous fifth grade teachers explore their new PBL pilot program as they learn what it means to align student projects with learning standards.
Different strategies can motivate different kinds of writers. Try free writing or journaling for the prewrite, and the RAFT model or window activity for the draft.
With the five-step mastery check, flipped learning teachers can quickly determine who understands the work, who's struggling, and who hasn't even watched the video.
The four traits of a listening educator are a willingness to slow down, genuine curiosity, attention to non-verbal cues, and self-awareness and empathy.

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