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

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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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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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Assessment: Lower Stakes, Raise Retention

Students learn better through retrieval-enhanced learning which can be practiced with smaller quizzes, daily questions, opportunities for reflection, and personalized oral quizzes.

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What Community Engagement in Education Looks Like . . . and Can Do

See how community businesses in one Tennessee school district became heavily involved with local high schools and graduation rates dramatically increased.

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In Australia, a School Designed to Excite and Engage

Check out this Australian elementary school that lives up to its vision of being "a place of optimism, excitement, and challenge."

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Emphasize Real Problems to Boost STEM Learning

Interested in creating more student-driven learning experiences, especially in the STEM? Check out these resources and ideas.

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"Fitting In" PBL

Read about how four teachers fit PBL into their curriculum through scalable projects that challenged and enriched students while meeting the standards.

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Common Core and Planning: Organizing a Unit of Instruction

Edutopia blogger Todd Finley explains how the Common Core allows for creativity in the ways teachers can plan a unit, and suggests several strategies for hitting the standards while still exercising your free will.

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Social Justice Projects in the Classroom

Successful classroom social justice projects require raising students' awareness through empathy, giving them choice and voice in creating their projects, and providing advocacy and aid opportunities.

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Bringing Inquiry-Based Learning Into Your Class

A four-step approach to using a powerful model that increases student agency in learning.

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Academic Discourse and PBL

Math teacher Danielle Lynch continues Sammamish High School's blog series about the seven key elements for integrating PBL with examples of how the principle of academic discourse can deepen math learning.

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Using New Technology to Rediscover Traditional Ways of Learning

Digital technology such as tablets can help teachers and students rediscover traditional ways of learning by using touch, movement, sound, and visuality.

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STEM and Writing: A Super Combination

Read how a quantum physicist, who was a guest speaker in a language arts classroom, inspired the imagination and writing of the middle school students.

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The Student-Centered Math Class

Transform your math instruction with three strategies you can start using today.

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