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K-12 Education Tips & Strategies That Work

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Foster a culture of successful innovation by empathizing with fellow educators who are uncomfortable with risk, modeling a growth mindset, and celebrating effort as well as success.

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Switching between activities can shake students up, turning them into active rather than passive learners.

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By Amy Erin Borovoy (aka VideoAmy)

Looking for a new way to spark creativity in your students' writing? Try these video writing prompts.

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Laughter, risk, and novelty stimulate the teenage brain. Make these elements work for you by incorporating the strategies and rhythms of stand-up comedy into your teaching.

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Introduce game dynamics like leveling up and earning badges into your classroom to boost student engagement.

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There are several strategies for gamifying your classwork, and they’re not mutually exclusive—you can combine them.

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An expert in childhood development makes an impassioned plea for creating safe learning environments—and then getting out of the way.

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Young writers often feel blocked by the act of writing itself. Use these ideas to help get their thoughts flowing.

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Student Engagement
Motivating the Unmotivated

By Chelsea Dale

A simple, no-cost video chat program motivates unruly, disengaged elementary and middle school students through relationships with high school students who demonstrate the value of education.

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All points of arts integration -- from benefits and implementation to linking the arts with core curriculum -- are covered in this roundup of useful Edutopia blog posts, articles, and videos.

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Student Engagement
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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By Matt Davis

Explore some resources for using the World Series to bring history, math, social studies, music, and visual arts to your classroom.

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Discover websites, organizations, articles, planning guides, lesson plans, and other resources dedicated to preventing bullying and harassment.

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Explore tips, strategies, and resources to help improve the connection from home to school and expand parent involvement.

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