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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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Connecting SEL and the Common Core, Part One

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Innovative Practice: 5 Strategies for the Early Learning Classroom

Project- and play-based learning are essential in the early grades to develop creative learning dispositions during the brain's most active period of synaptic growth.

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Habits of Heart: Helping Students Reflect and Act on Gratitude

Edutopia blogger Maurice Elias offers teachers several classroom activities to help students understand gratitude and put it to practice.

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The NaNoWriMo Project: The Birth of Student Novelists

Middle school ELA teacher Laura Bradley describes how the National Novel Writing Month Project turned her eighth-graders into motivated, inspired novelists.

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Three Ideas for 21st-Century Global Curriculum

Blogger Terry Heick asks what it means to globalize education and then describes what a global curriculum might look like and how it might work.

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3 PBL Practices to Empower Students

Empower students in PBL settings by framing the purpose for learning, intentionally structuring collaboration and choice, and using appropriate scaffolds for learning and revision.

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Who Wants to Know? Use Student Questions to Drive Learning

As students get more confident asking questions in class, they'll be better prepared to take their questioning attitude into the world.

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Meshing GBL With PBL: Can It Work?

When planning a PBL unit, use GBL elements to teach 21st-century skills, as a modality for lesson content, to differentiate instruction, or with games as products.

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Avoiding the Flop: 5 Questions to Guide Projects and Inquiry

To be an effective guide on the side, plan for every aspect of the project while remaining open to student ideas, needs, and understanding.

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Innovative Education: Make Room for "What Ifs"

Edutopia blogger Suzie Boss highlights a science project where eighth-graders created a "robohand" after their teacher invited them to solve a real-world problem.

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