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9-12 High School

Explore and share tips, strategies, and resources for helping students develop in grades 9-12.

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  • Finishing Class Strong With Optimistic Closures

    The best closing activities use social and emotional practices to reinforce the day’s lessons, so students leave feeling confident—and competent—on their learning journey.
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  • Guiding Students to Improve Executive Functioning Skills

    With explicit coaching, high school students can learn to manage their increasingly complex commitments.
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  • Helping Students Cope With a Difficult Year

    These tips on supporting emotion regulation and building strong relationships will help students next year and beyond.
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    Let’s Start This Year by Focusing on Learning Gains

    There’s a lot of talk about learning loss, but teachers can guide students to reflect on all the ways they’ve grown during the pandemic.
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  • Exploring Perceptions About Identity Through Self-Portraits

    Exploring Perceptions About Identity Through Self-Portraits

    When students learn about each other’s identities, it helps them understand their own biases and prejudices, as well as build a space of respect and tolerance for all.
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  • What to Say Instead of ‘I’m Proud of You’

    A few phrases middle and high school teachers can use to cultivate conversation while celebrating student achievements.
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  • Teacher drawing diagram on a whiteboard

    Using Drawings for Formative Assessment

    Asking middle and high school students to sketch something they’re learning can give teachers a clear sense of what they do and don’t understand.
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  • An illustration concept of a group of students communicating through one technology platform

    8 Strategies to Improve Participation in Your Virtual Classroom

    Educators share their best synchronous and asynchronous strategies to boost student participation during online learning.
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    5 Reasons to Use TV Commercials in World Language Classes

    Using commercials with storylines in the target language is a fun way to immerse students in the culture they’re studying.
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  • How to Introduce Lessons on Disability

    Disability should have a place in schools’ anti-bias work along with race, gender, sexual orientation, and religion.
  • Teenage girl distance learning on laptop at home

    Strategies to Encourage Students to Turn Their Cameras On

    Incorporating SEL approaches, playing games, and giving students options can inspire them to show their faces.
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  • Martin Luther King in jail in Birmingham, Alabama

    Teaching ‘Letter from Birmingham Jail’

    The open letter by Martin Luther King Jr. is an excellent resource for teaching persuasive writing and much more.
  • A Student-Centered Model of Blended Learning

    When educators at a Washington, DC, high school ditched their lectures and devised a self-paced blended learning model, their students thrived.
    53.5k
  • 5 Ways to Help Students Focus on Learning Rather Than Grades

    When teachers give retakes and shift the way they talk about grades, students concentrate on the skills they’re gaining—not their scores.
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  • High school students take notes on paper and laptops in class

    How Collaborating on Note-Taking Boosts Student Engagement

    Working together on their notes empowers middle and high school students to see how they contribute to constructing meaning in the classroom.
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