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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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    By giving each student a job to do when tackling complex text, teachers help ensure that students actually understand what they are reading.
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    Arranging desks in L-shaped groups has advantages for both the students and the teacher.
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    These adapted classroom strategies encourage students to talk through and reflect on learning in meaningful ways.
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    Verbal participation in discussions is a tried-and-true formative assessment, but it can also be rubric-based and summative.
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  • Assessing Learning Based on Skills

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  • Building Classroom Community Through Daily Dedications

    When students share stories about those who have inspired and impacted them, the whole classroom feels more connected.
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