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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.

Social media can enhance differentiated instruction if the tools are selected with a careful eye on individual students' readiness, interests, and learning profiles.
Jennifer Sayre January 15, 2015
Online programs are becoming easier to integrate because, with each year, districts have more successful models to follow and more resources from which to choose.
Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher January 15, 2015
With tools like Socrative, Kahoot, Zaption, Chatzy, and Plickers, teachers can use tech for immediate feedback about how students are learning and understanding the lesson.
Here are some activities to stimulate your students' minds when they need a change, and to focus and calm them when they're just too stimulated.
In-class games can build social-emotional, collaboration, and problem-solving skills when they bring students face-to-face for trading, arguing, judging, persuading, guessing, and bluffing.
As students get more confident asking questions in class, they'll be better prepared to take their questioning attitude into the world.
Kelli Sandman-Hurley, Ed.D. January 12, 2015
Introduce your students to the world of etymology and morphemes as they become linguistic detectives solving the mysteries of those puzzling "sight words."

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