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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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5 Highly Effective Teaching Practices

Check out these researched-based, best teaching practices and share with us the ways you already use them in your classroom.

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5 PBL Best Practices for Redefining the Teacher's Role

PBL changes a teacher's traditional role through framing the learning, helping students develop ideas, consulting as they revise, and encouraging feedback, reflection, and authentic presentations.

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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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Guiding Students in Finding Their Truth

Talking to your students about truth can help build their values and, most of all, their sense of integrity.

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Social Justice: A Whole-School Approach

Read about a social justice-based school that addresses larger issues as a learning community, builds curriculum around service learning, and regularly involves families.

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6 Edtech Tools for Black History Month

Tools like More Than a Mapp and Digital Backpack Classroom let students access archives, galleries, and databases during and beyond Black History Month.

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Using Film to Teach Analysis Skills

Bring real-world authenticity to literacy analysis by including movie criticism in your lessons.

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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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How to Use Wild Hog Questions in the Classroom

Edutopia blogger Ben Johnson proposes teachers move past off-the-cuff and knowledge-based questions by designing questions before teaching.

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8 Living Artists Every Educator Should Know

Teachers can inspire students by bringing the lives and works of contemporary artists into the classroom.

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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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An Interview with Grant Wiggins: The Power of Backwards Design

Edutopia blogger interviews instructional expert and co-author of Understanding by Design Grant Wiggins.

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Common Core Big Idea 3: Standards Must Be Unpacked

In this third of a five-part series, educators Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins suggest that that educators “unpack” the CCSS into four broad categories -- 1) Long-term Transfer Goals, 2) Overarching Understandings, 3) Overarching Essential Questions, and 4) a...

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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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