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Academic Sponge Activities

A "sponge activity" is a lesson soaking up precious time that would otherwise be lost. Hint: it should be fun as well as educational.

Five-Minute Film Festival: 10 Sources for Free Lesson Plans

Exploring free lesson planning resources can be overwhelming. Some are extremely useful, and others not so much. Here, VideoAmy shares a list of 10 of her favorite lesson planning tools available, as well as a playlist of videos to help teachers utilize them.

A Lesson About Cesar Chavez and Civil Rights

Check out this engaging lesson on Cesar Chavez that uses primary sources and discussion to inspire critical thinking and empathy.

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Fostering Student Questions: Strategies for Inquiry-Based Learning

Consider using at least one of these protocols -- QFT, Chalk Talk, Say Something, or the Harkness Discussion -- to foster student inquiry.

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Igniting Student Engagement: A Roadmap for Learning

Key strategies to ensure student engagement include being authentic, introducing units with meaningful launch events, and letting students know what outcomes to expect.

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Over the Rainbow: History Through a Pop Music Lens

An era's popular music, whether the Great Depression or the turbulent 1960s, can help students grasp historical events through the emotions of those experiencing them.

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Common Core in Action Series

A growing collection of grade-level and subject-specific resources for Common Core-aligned lessons.

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Practices to Welcome and Support ELLs

Through practices that incorporate tolerance, empathy, and perspective, you can engage your English-only students in appreciating and sharing with their ELL classmates.

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Learning With Nature

Since experiencing nature is a healthy part of child development, take your class outdoors and use elements of nature for teaching the usual classroom subjects.

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6 Engaging End-of-Year Projects

I don't know about your students, but so many of mine, coupled with Senioritis, were done after state testing. With just a few precious weeks left in the school year, what do you do to keep the kids energized and on board with learning? One thing I...

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Writing and Thinking Through the Student User's Guide Assignment

Guest blogger Ashley Hutchinson, in collaboration with her colleagues Stephanie Noles and Mike Flinchbaugh, explain how their high school students now come with self-written user's guides.

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Visual Art as Critical Thinking

Blogger Andrew Miller celebrates teachers who engage their students' cognitive abilities through creative methods.

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Common Core in Action: Teaching Critical Thinking and Questioning

Edutopia blogger Heather Wolpert-Gawron outlines how project-based learning, with a focus on the common core, and iPads engaged her students in critical thinking and questioning.

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New-Teacher Academy: Lesson Planning

Blogger Lisa Dabbs and teacher Matt Ray offer some suggestions about lesson planning in her New Teacher Academy series.

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Energy and Calm: Change It Up and Calm It Down!

Incorporating brain breaks and focused-attention practices into the school day can invite novelty and quiet while boosting students' brain health and knowledge acquisition.

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Easy Projects to Get Started with Scratch: Drawing 2D Shapes

Programming a computer is simply telling it what to do, and tools like Scratch convert this language into images to familiarize elementary students with coding.

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5-Minute Film Festival: 10 Sources for Free Lesson Plans

Exploring free lesson planning resources can be overwhelming. Some are extremely useful, and others not so much. Here, VideoAmy shares a list of 10 of her favorite lesson planning tools available, as well as a playlist of videos to help teachers utilize them.

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