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Teaching Strategies

Discover and share best practices for improving your teaching craft -- delivering instruction, engaging students, reaching struggling students, and more.

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Feedback for Thinking: Working for the Answer

Instead of helping students by giving them the answers, encourage them to think independently by supplementing your modeling with questions, prompts, and cues.

Laughter and Learning: Humor Boosts Retention

Humor activates the brain's dopamine reward system, stimulating goal-oriented motivation and long-term memory, which means that humor can improve retention in students of all ages.

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The 8 Minutes That Matter Most

Like a story, lessons deserve compelling beginnings and endings. From pop culture connections to finishing with a level-up, here are eight strategies for holding students' attention.

It’s a Mistake Not to Use Mistakes as Part of the Learning Process

Consider these nine ways to teach with mistakes, including removing the stigma from error, explaining wrong answers, and helping students see mistakes as growth experiences.

On-the-Spot Scaffolding for Students

On-the-spot scaffolding is an essential skill for teachers. Check out these three strategies for assisting students when they struggle.

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What Doesn't Work: Literacy Practices We Should Abandon

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Recognizing and Overcoming False Growth Mindset

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Classroom Management and the Flipped Class

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5 Tips for Making Group Work Manageable

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19 Big and Small Classroom Management Strategies

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QR Codes: Pushing the Narrative on Scannables

QR codes still have a place in the classroom, leveraging deeper learning by giving students the ability to access, curate, engage with, and share teacher-selected content.

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Helping Students Who Have Experienced Trauma

To help a student who's experienced trauma, ground yourself emotionally, determine your own role, and address that student's emotional truth from a place of informed support.

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Strategies for Reaching Quiet, Disengaged, Struggling, and Troublemaking Students

Not every student benefits from in-class participation, immediate answers, inflexible grading, or harsh consequences. Learn the nuances for those requiring deeper recognition and a lighter touch.

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Teaching Writing or Editing Writing?

Instead of being their editor, teach students the craft of writing through ongoing feedback, freedom to experiment, self-editing skills, strengthening content and ideas, and encouraging reflection.

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Tools for Differentiating Instruction in PBL

Differentiate the content, process, and product of your PBL lessons with tools and practices like Learning Profile Cards, narrative feedback, and design thinking.

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Questioning That Deepens Comprehension

Scaffold students' thinking about complex texts by asking what the text says, how it works, what it means, and what it inspires them to do.

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Brain Development and Adolescent Growth Spurts

As tweens enter a period of rapid prefrontal cortex development, familiarize them with their growing executive function skills by teaching time management and organizing information.

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3 Ways to Be Less Boring

To avoid turning into that boring teacher, try waiting longer for student responses, teaching "do not call on me" signals, and enjoying these young people for who they are.

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How Emotions Affect Learning, Behaviors, and Relationships

In the first of five posts about the film "Inside Out," Lori Desautels offers strategies to help explore how joy, sadness, fear, anger, and disgust can help students.  

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It’s a Mistake Not to Use Mistakes as Part of the Learning Process

I recently heard a TED talk from Brian Goldman, a doctor who admits to having made mistakes. In very emotional language, he describes some costly emergency room mistakes, and then makes a strong case for changing the way that the medical profession addresses...

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When We Listen to Students

If you want to know how to reach, engage, and best teach your students, ask them. Here are example questions and tips on how to ask them.

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Make It Count: Providing Feedback as Formative Assessment

Giving feedback that is non-evaluative, specific, timely, and goal-related will provide students with opportunities to revise and improve their work and deepen their understanding.

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Design 101 for Educators: Choose Your Fonts Carefully

Jason Cranford Teague, author and observer, makes the case that your students' ability to retain information is connected to the fonts they're seeing on the page or screen.

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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.

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