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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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Lights, Cameras, Teach! Movie Making as a Lesson Planning Strategy

Check out these seven ideas for bringing the creative juices of movie making into your teaching practice.

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7 Super Bowl Lesson Plans and Resources for the Classroom

Explore a curated list of Super Bowl lesson plans and resources from around the web.

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Transdisciplinarity: Thinking Inside and Outside the Box

Students experience deeper learning and start thinking outside the box when their teachers collaborate to present different aspects of the same subject across various disciplines.

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Try One New Thing in the New Year

Check out these suggestions that include adding coding to your curriculum or turning your classroom into a makerspace.

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Supporting Young Artists in Our Schools

In many of our schools, the arts need more love, and our young artists need more encouragement. Here's why.

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Re-Energize Your Classroom in the New Year

Inviting student agency in the New Year encourages buy-in during the long winter months. Student ownership inspires new ways of engagement and more meaningful lessons.

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Gifts That Last a Lifetime

As we gear up for another new year, it's worth reflecting on the many gifts that teachers share on a daily basis.

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Backwards Planning Takes Thinking Ahead

Blogger and teacher education instructor Rebecca Alber compares backwards lesson planning to prepping for a vacation. (Updated 10/2013)

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Formative Assessment Is Transformational!

More than just numbers in a grade book, formative assessment practices can change how you teach, how your students learn, and how your classroom functions.

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Does Spelling Count?

Guest blogger Shira Loewenstein, asked by her students whether spelling counts, comes back with a fascinating question of her own: why is the continuum of learning broken down into a handful of unrelated subjects?

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Resources for Learning About Empathy on Valentine's Day

Empathy is an important skill. In honor of Valentine's Day, Matt Davis has gathered a variety of great resources to help teachers bring lessons about compassion and caring into the classroom.

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How Will Common Core Change What We Do?

While defining the Common Core Standards, blogger Erin Powers shares implications for teaching, how technology factors in, and several unanswered questions.

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Using the Rule of Three for Learning

The Rule of Three for learning establishes the requirement that students be given the opportunity to learn something at least three times before they are expected to know it and apply it.

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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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