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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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Unit-Planning Checklist

Building rich experiences into a unit plan is complicated. As an aid, download this checklist to help you walk through your planning steps.

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Curriculum-Planning Guide

Download a curriculum-planning guide, complete with guidance on creating a scope and sequence and tips on crafting unit plans.

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9 Ways to Plan Transformational Lessons

Looking for help with lesson plans? Download a poster with useful planning tips.

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Lesson Planning Pinterest Board

Visit a curated collection of curriculum-planning resources on Edutopia's pinboard on Pinterest, including tips, guides, blog posts, articles, infographics, and more.

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Online Library Lets You Explore Exemplary Student Work

This free resource can help you find amazing project ideas.

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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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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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Supercharging the Classroom: Using Technology to Support Personalized Learning
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A School Built on Personalization

Sal Khan founded a school on the same principles of personalization that drove the success of his YouTube tutorials.

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The Impact of a Visiting Artist Program

It can benefit students well beyond arts classes, function as an in-place field trip, and strengthen your school’s ties to parents and the community.

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Standards-Aligned Genius Hour

Give your students a chance to follow their own interests with projects that meet state standards.

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Fire Up Your Class With Student-Interest Surveys

What interests your students? Ask them, and then incorporate it into your curriculum. These tips will get you started.

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A Powerful Way to End the School Year

Year mapping allows students to see what they’ve learned in your class, and it’s a great resource for your incoming class.

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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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Twenty Ideas for Engaging Projects

Blogger Suzie Boss shares 20 ideas for getting engaging projects going in your classroom.

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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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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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April Fool's Day in the Classroom: 8 Resources for Teachers

April Fool's Day can be an excellent time to bring humor into the classroom. Use this list of prank ideas, humorous lesson plans, and other resources to help you celebrate at school.

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6 Techniques for Building Reading Skills—in Any Subject

Students need good reading skills not just in English but in all classes. Here are some ways you can help them develop those skills.

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15+ Ways of Teaching Every Student to Code (Even Without a Computer)

With this collection of resources, you can teach your students to code—even if you’re still learning yourself.

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