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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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Open Educational Resources (OER): Resource Roundup

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Creative Ways to Grade and Provide Feedback for Students

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Helping Children Develop Emotional Literacy

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Building a Positive Mindset One Word at a Time

Students can craft uplifting poems and narratives using a list of inspiring words you provide.

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Incorporating a Growth Mindset Into Your Teaching Practice

A growth mindset isn’t essential for students alone—it can help teachers increase their impact in the classroom as well.

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Snow Days: Resources to Share With Students and Parents

Is snow in the forecast? Here are some engaging science, reading, and writing resources to share with parents.

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Nobel Laureates Can Teach Kids to Persevere

Nobel Prize winners show kids the role of failure in learning and demonstrate that there is no single recipe for creativity.

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Building Vocabulary Through Fun and Games

Since students become very engaged in games, you can use play in your coursework to help deepen students’ understanding of key terms.

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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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Ideas for Using Minecraft in the Classroom

Minecraft is no longer a new tool in the field of game-based learning. Because Minecraft has such open possibilities and potential, teachers have been experimenting with different ways to use it in the classroom for a while now to teach math...

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Using Photos With English-Language Learners

Authors Larry Ferlazzo and Katie Hull Sypnieski share tips for using the Picture Word Inductive Model and others for teaching ELL students.

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Use Arts Integration to Enhance Common Core

Arts integration specialist Susan Riley looks at some of the ways in which teaching with the arts can meet and enhance Common Core requirements.

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

Resources from around the web for incorporating Earth Day into your class.

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Ideas for Using Minecraft in the Classroom

Minecraft is no longer a new tool in the field of game-based learning. Because Minecraft has such open possibilities and potential, teachers have been experimenting with different ways to use it in the classroom for a while now to teach math concepts like...

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Resources and Tools for PBL Start to Finish

Educators from Manor New Technology High School in Manor, Texas, part of the New Tech Network of schools, have provided these resources and tools for project-based learning.

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6 Teaching Tools for Black History Month

From interactive timelines and rich multimedia to lesson plans and study guides, find a variety of web resources that can help bring black history into the classroom.

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Helping Students Develop the Skills to Focus

Edutopia blogger Maurice Elias shares a classroom activity that helps K-8 students develop their ability to focus and pay better attention.

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