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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.

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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Five Free "Assistive Technology" Aids to Use with Struggling Students

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Creating a Writers' Workshop in a Secondary Classroom

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Note Taking With Technology

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Making Sure Your Praise Is Effective

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6 Strategies for Promoting Student Autonomy

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Play as a Test Prep Tool

Use these games built around standardized tests to build engagement and fuel learning.

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26 Research-Based Tips You Can Use in the Classroom Tomorrow

Whether you want to increase student engagement or minimize your own stress, you’ll find ideas here.

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What’s a Gamer Brain and How Can We Harness It in Class?

Leverage your students’ favorite video and board games to unlock what engages them.

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Negativity Jammers

Ten techniques that help students control their emotions.

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Encouraging Students to Own Their Work

Bringing choice into your classroom helps you give your students chances to create work that matters to them.

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9 Ways to Inspire Student Inventors

A collection of ideas to consider as you work to fuel your students’ curiosity.

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Igniting a Passion for Reading

A veteran English teacher on the importance of choice, plus three tactics to keep high school readers engaged.

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First Day of Kindergarten: 8 Survival Skills

Blogger and author Sarah Richard shares eight teacher survival skills for the first day of kindergarten.

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Myth-Busting Differentiated Instruction: 3 Myths and 3 Truths

With delivery of instruction, one size does not fit all. John McCarthy launches his differentiated instruction series by busting three common myths about DI.

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12 Ways to Avoid Student Humiliation

Embarrassing or belittling students may interfere with learning and lead to long-term resentment. Teachers should treat students respectfully and be mindful of their feelings.

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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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Avoiding "Learned Helplessness"

Take responsibility for empowering students, and avoid the schooling habits that train them to seek a single right answer instead of exploring the learning process.

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Serving Gifted Students in General Ed Classrooms

While gifted students might excel in certain areas, we must differentiate their learning to address other academic areas along with their social and emotional needs.

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7-Step Prep: Make a Weekly Plan for YOU!

Advance planning is essential for a week of effective teaching, yet the most effective planning system will let you incorporate and track those on-the-fly changes.

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