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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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Child & Adolescent Development syllabus

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Building Staff Rapport With Flash Lessons

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Open Educational Resources (OER): Resource Roundup

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Pull Words Off the Page to Promote Learning

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Helping Students Find Their Writer’s Voice

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Earth Day: Lesson Plans, Reading Lists, and Classroom Ideas

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Maya Angelou's Poetry: A Lesson in Service, History, SEL, and Civics

Blogger Maurice Elias outlines a high school lesson with Maya Angelou's poem, "A Brave and Startling Truth."

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English-Language Learners and Academic Language

Larry Ferlazzo and Katie Hull Sypnieski explain how English-language learners must develop academic language proficiency as well as communicative competence, and provide a lesson plan they have used successfully with their ELL students.

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Teaching History by Connecting Human Intelligence, Innovation and Agency

Guest blogger Linda Levstik, a professor of social studies and history education, reduces the archaeological concept of chaine operatoire into five basic steps that help preservice teachers introduce their students to human intelligence, innovation...

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22 Simple Ideas for Harnessing Creativity in the Elementary Classroom

Kindergarten inclusion teacher Trisha Riche' inspires her students -- and her readers -- to play, learn and teach outside of the box.

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3 Great Films for Teaching About Globalization and Modernization

Guest blogger Eileen Mattingly, Director of Education for Journeys in Film, discusses methods for teaching about globalization and modernization, including foreign feature films that tell compelling stories of modern life in other parts of the world.

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The Key of Connection

Guest blogger Lori Desautels draws on the tradition of the birth song from Namibia's Himba tribe for a heartfelt examination of how we can encourage our students to reflect on and share their core identities.

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How to Build Students' Creative Confidence

Edutopia blogger Suzie Boss proposes teachers carve out a Genius Hour, providing students a regular time each week to tackle projects that reflect their personal interests and passions.

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3 Ways Lesson Plans Flop—and How to Recover

Tips on how to reach your teaching goal when your initial plan fails.

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Importance of Collaborative Assessment in a 21st Century Classroom

Andrew Marcinek shares how collaborative assessment can be applied in a digital classroom.

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"Can't I Just Choose My Own Topic?"

By inviting her class to choose their own subjects for a historical reformers project, Sarah Cooper learned a lot about her students' interests and passions.

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Building Social and Emotional Skills in Elementary Students: Inner Meanie and Inner Friend

In Part 5 of her elementary student SEL series, filmmaker Randy Taran shows how the Inner Positive Friend can defeat the Inner Negative Meanie.

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Equity is Fostered Through What We Teach and What We Don't

An examination of social studies textbooks reveals large gaps in a commitment to equity. Teachers can begin to counter this by incorporating curriculum that is culturally responsive.   

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Maya Angelou's Poetry: A Lesson in Service, History, SEL, and Civics

Blogger Maurice Elias outlines a high school lesson with Maya Angelou's poem, "A Brave and Startling Truth."

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Five Ideas for Using Pop Culture to Inspire Elementary Students

Gaetan Pappalardo shares five ideas for using pop culture to inspire elementary school students.

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