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9-12 High School

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

  • Teenage girl smiling during remote learning class on laptop at home

    A Better Breakout Room Experience for Students

    Five strategies that help middle and high school students form a community of learners in the virtual classroom.
    Samantha Shane
    158
  • Teacher speaks high school student

    A Sense of Security Is Key for Students

    A warm smile can go a long way toward helping a middle or high school student who is struggling academically.
    479
  • High school student speaks in class.

    A Hip-Hop Song Inspires a New Path to Engagement

    A middle school teacher explains how she gamified assignments and saw a dramatic increase in student motivation.
    265
  • High school student reading a book while sitting at her desk in a classroom

    Even Older Kids Should Have Time to Read in Class

    If the goal is to develop lifelong readers, students need time in class to practice—and learn to enjoy—reading.
    1.6k
  • 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.
    38.6k
  • 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.
    20.9k
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    A Daily Ritual That Builds Trust and Community Among Students

    An activity that encourages students to open up about a person close to them can bring a whole class together in profound ways.
    9.5k
  • Pre teen boy taking photo of tree on street with smart phone

    A Focus on Relationships When Students Aren’t Together

    Building a strong classroom community is possible even during students’ asynchronous work time.
    2.5k
  • High school chemistry students work together to create a 3-D model of a molecule.

    A Fuller Picture of What a ‘Good’ School Is

    Promoting relationships and a positive mindset toward learning has a bigger impact on students’ long-term success than raising test scores, new research shows.
    5.3k
  • Teen boy laying on floor at home remote learning with laptop

    7 Tips for Breakout Room Success

    Having students meet briefly in small groups can help build community and foster deeper learning.
    2.6k
  • Woman works at her laptop wearing headphones

    How to Facilitate Remote Socratic Seminars

    Disciplined conversation about texts deepens students’ understanding—and builds a sense of community during distance learning.
    1.3k
  • Illustration showing pencil erasing scribble

    How to Help Students Focus on What They’re Learning, Not the Grade

    Work that emphasizes students’ developing skills instead of a graded product reminds them to see learning as their goal.
    10.4k
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    6 Exercises to Get to Know Your Students Better—and Increase Their Engagement

    Celebrating your middle and high school students' unique identities can bolster connections and improve performance in school.
    10k
  • Teenage girl smiling during remote learning class on laptop at home

    How ‘Among Us’ Helps Students Master Argumentative Writing

    In the popular online strategy game, students make claims, listen to counterclaims, and reach a conclusion—skills they need to write a strong argumentative essay.
    2.2k
  • Student engages in distance learning lesson with her laptop at home

    Teaching Students to Self-Advocate During Distance Learning

    Teachers are finding ways to gauge students’ understanding of lessons this year, and guiding them to ask for help is a crucial piece of the puzzle.
    1.7k

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