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Curriculum Planning

Looking for ways to develop dynamic, compelling, and standards-based course content and activities? This is the place to start.

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Now Hiring: Flipped Learning Architects

Before flipping your class, think like an architect instead of a video producer, because the medium of instruction ultimately matters less than the desired outcomes.

Zombie-Based Learning -- "Braaaaaaains!"

PBL to ZBL, Edutopia blogger Andrew Miller explores a new twist to project-based learning: the pedagogical benefits of Zombies!

9 Ways to Plan Transformational Lessons: Planning the Best Curriculum Unit Ever

Transformational lessons don't just happen. They require planning, mindfulness, and a commitment to shift away from educational approaches of the past.

Planning the Best Curriculum Unit Ever

The good curriculum is in the details, so focus your teacher super powers on the granular aspects of planning ahead for the new school year.

How to Design Projects Around Common Core Standards

A middle-school language arts teacher takes us through her step-by-step process for designing project-based units that are Common Core aligned.

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7 Things Parents and Teachers Should Know About Teens

Parents and educators can become more aware of ways into the hearts and minds of teens that can make a difference.

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What Is the Right SEL Program for Your School?

A new guide from CASEL can help you pick the right SEL program for your school.

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Why "Content Coverage" is Over: A Manifesto!

Should content coverage requirements supersede delivering high-quality instruction? Andrew Miller doesn't think so! And he invites you to read and sign his rousing manifesto.

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11 Ways to Help Students Overcome Creative Blocks

Check out these strategies and approaches for bringing more creativity into the classroom and inspiring young artists.

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How SEL Can Help Students Gain a Multicultural Perspective

Taking a transformative approach to projects places it in the context of students actively exploring the backgrounds, current status, and necessary social actions related to justice for diverse groups.

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The Myth of Having Summers Off

When summer hits, teachers often find themselves busy with all the business they were unable to accomplish during the frantic school year.

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PBL and Standardized Tests? It Can Work!

Blogger Andrew Miller acknowledges the tension between project-based learning and standardized testing prep, yet he also finds a wide swathe of common ground between both teaching methods.

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Resources and Downloads for Financial Literacy

Explore resources and downloads for educators seeking to help students learn financial concepts, practice money management, and build strong financial decision-making and economic-reasoning skills.

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Using Gaming Principles to Engage Students

Improve your grasp of instructional design by looking at five game design dynamics and applying them to how you build curriculum and run your class.

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Simulations Can Change the Course of History . . . Classes

Edutopia blogger Matt Levinson shares a professional development tactic from master history teacher Eric Rothschild, describing how, by engaging his AP European history class in role play, he brought the subject to life for the students.

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The Role of PBL in Making the Shift to Common Core

Guest blogger Sara Hallermann, Curriculum Development Manager at Buck Institute for Education, looks through the lens of PBL to show how six of the Common Core's big ideas are compatible with this activity-centered approach.

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The 5 Keys to Successful Comprehensive Assessment in Action

Stanford professor Linda Darling-Hammond shares how using well-crafted formative and performance assessments, setting meaningful goals, and giving students ownership over the process can powerfully affect teaching and learning.

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Computer Science: The Future of Education

Robust computer science curriculum is necessary for our society's future. Here are five steps to engage teachers and students in this critical area of study.

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The Great World Language Debate du Jour: Grammar vs. Communication

Guest blogger Sarah Wike Loyola explains how learning another language is different from learning about that language, describes ACTFL's current guidelines, and offers five steps for planning your next world language unit.

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