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9-12 High School

Explore and share tips, strategies, and resources for helping students develop in grades 9-12.

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Resources for Using iPads in Grades 9-12

Looking for advice on integrating iPads in high school classrooms? In this curated guide, we’ve compiled resources to help you find apps, learn about best practices, and explore ideas for engaging activities.

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Schools and the "instaself" Lives of Teens

As the app world encourages students to turn inward, schools can serve the critical role of reconnecting them to the world where they actually live. Schools and the "instaself" Lives of Teens

The Challenges of Adolescence (and How Parents and Educators Can Help)

Three recent studies show why we need to divert middle and high school students from values and behaviors that may harm them in adulthood.

Class Discussion to Encourage Critical Thinking

For high school educators, this list of resources, guides, and downloads will help you implement Socratic seminars and other classroom discussion models that encourage critical thinking.

Common Core Math: Best Resources for High School Educators

Looking for Common-Core-aligned resources for mathematics? Explore this compilation of useful CCSS math resources for high school educators.

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Action Video Gameplay: Benefits and Dangers

While evidence suggests that action video games enhance higher-order brain functions, the violence built into most commercial titles is far from beneficial.

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Constructive Thinking and the Perfect Fixer-Upper

High school students can take a class that, through a joint effort by their school district and community, lets them redesign and remodel a house.

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Critical Analysis and Information Literacy

Teach students to evaluate what data needs to be gathered, what characterizes fact versus opinion, and where to find the most current and useful information.

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The Deficit Model Is Harming Your Students

Raise your underserved students' expectations by raising your own, and create a series of reachable, data-based goals, scaffolding your instruction and mitigating their fear of failure.

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Student Surveys: Using Student Voice to Improve Teaching and Learning

When teachers survey their classes at Trinidad Garza Early College High School, students see how their opinions matter and have a direct impact on instruction.

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6 Strategies to Make Your Students College Ready

Trinidad Garza Early College High School uses six key instructional strategies to prepare students for higher education.

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The Counselor's Role: Scaffolded Support In and Outside of the Classroom

Embedded in study halls, Trinidad Garza Early College High School counselors support their students to succeed through scaffolded academic and social-emotional supports.

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Kids Speak Out on Student Engagement

Blogger and English teacher Heather Wolpert-Gawron asked her eighth grade students what they find most engaging in the classroom.

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Bell Ringer Exercises

Edutopia blogger Todd Finley presents an overview of bell work - short, focused exercises to help students make the most of valuable classroom time.

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8 Strategies for Teaching Academic Language

Edutopia blogger Todd Finley explains how academic language differs from social language and offers eight specific strategies for teaching the vocabulary that students require to succeed in the Common Core and on the SAT.

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Resources and Downloads for Teaching Critical Thinking

Educators from the Bay Area's KIPP King Collegiate High School and the KIPP network have provided these resources for you to use in your own school.

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6 Engaging End-of-Year Projects

Consider one of these six engaging and creative student projects to wrap of the school year.

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9 Strategies for Motivating Students in Mathematics

Guest blogger Alfred Posamentier, Dean of Mercy College's School of Education, presents nine intrinsic motivation strategies for engaging students in secondary math classes.

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Proven tactics for keeping kids engaged and in school, all the way through high school graduation.

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