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Differentiated Instruction
A Little Help With Your Homework

How to guide your students to self-differentiate their homework—without creating more work for yourself.

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Professional Development
A Focus on Self-Improvement

Five principles of deliberate practice can help teachers consistently improve their teaching.

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Bullying Prevention
Anatomy of School Bullying

Understanding the hot spots within schools is essential to putting a stop to student bullying.

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Social and Emotional Learning
The Power of Collective Wisdom

Networking increases our chance of success in implementing social-emotional and character development programs.

Vonda Viland, the principal of Black Rock Continuation High School

The principal of an alternative school opens up about the challenges and rewards of shepherding at-risk kids to graduation.

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Our job is to teach students the art of argument and to give feedback on how they express themselves—not what they express.

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Gather and use valuable student data to inform your classroom practice.

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A young boy and girl work together with a microscope and an iPad.

Blended learning has the potential to transform the way teachers teach and students learn—if we take advantage of all that it offers

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Four must-haves for creating an effective learning environment.

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A teacher discusses paperwork with two parents.

A veteran teacher shares what she’s learned in the course of 26 years. Big picture: A little empathy goes a long way.

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Illustration showing a page of cursive with a typewriter, computer, and smartphone

Technology is gradually replacing cursive instruction—but have we taken stock of what we’re losing?

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It isn’t always easy to shift to a teacher-driven, collaborative school culture—but it is worthwhile. Here’s one way to do it.

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A teacher helps a young girl calm down to deal with a stressful situation.

Social and Emotional Learning
A Toolkit for Students in Crisis

An elementary school assistant principal shares a few ideas for how to help students calm down and regain self-control.

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