K-8 Flexible Classrooms; Creative Ways to Grade; Building Trust With Parents; Site Council; Hands-Off Teaching |

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August 23, 2017
Inspiration for the new school year
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7 Outstanding K–8 Flexible Classrooms

K–8 educators from across the country give you a peek at their classrooms—and explain how they managed the transformations.



Less grading, more teaching
Credit: US Department of Education via flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Creative Ways to Grade and Provide Feedback

Students need feedback often, and a system of rubber-stamping work can provide visible and immediate proof of student progress.



A handy checklist
Credit: Sun Valley Group of Schools/flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Building Trust With Parents

Suggestions for how to make Back-to-School Night a hit for you and your students' parents.



A powerful way to give students voice

The Site Council: Empowering Students Through School Governance

Students have the majority vote on deciding school policy.



Our minds grow when we're taught to think for ourselves.

Hands-Off Teaching Cultivates Metacognition

Students learn better when they think not only about the material but also about how to dig in, break it apart, understand it, and build on that.





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