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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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Solving Real-World Issues Through Problem-Based Learning

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Freeing Students—and Teachers—From Homework

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Why I Teach Journalism in My History Classes

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Giving Students’ Empathy Muscles a Workout

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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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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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Resources and Lesson Plans for Financial Literacy

Educators from Ariel Community Academy, in Chicago, have provided lesson plans and web resources to help you get started.

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Building a Thinking Classroom in Math

Over more than a decade, the author has developed a 14-point plan for encouraging students to engage deeply with math content.

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Geo-Literacy Projects Build Students' Understanding of Our Complex World

Teaching students how to organize, visualize, and analyze information that relates to local and global issues is critical preparation for living in our connected and fast-changing world.

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Freeing Students—and Teachers—From Homework

A second-grade teacher explains how she got rid of mandatory homework—and the surprising results she found when she did.

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Common Core Big Idea Series 1: A New Blueprint

In this first of a five-part series, educators Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins suggest that understanding the standards' design and focus rather than zeroing in on grade-level standards is an important first step.

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Culinary Arts Integration: 12 PBL Activities Students Can Sink Their Teeth Into

Use the study and preparation of food as a cross-curricular PBL modality in math, chemistry, social studies, history, or language arts classes.

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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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