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K-12 Education Tips & Strategies That Work

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Interest-Based Learning
Standards-Aligned Genius Hour

Give your students a chance to follow their own interests with projects that meet state standards.

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Classroom Technology
Using Clickers? A Note of Caution

A new study shows that the popular edtech devices can improve fact retention but hinder deeper understanding.

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Keep your high school math students engaged with these techniques.

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Project-Based Learning: Raising Student Achievement for All Learners

A team of researchers created and tested four social studies units that improved achievement among students in high-poverty schools. See how they did it—and download their curriculum.

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Researchers in Michigan show that project-based learning in high-poverty communities can produce statistically significant gains in social studies and informational reading.

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Teach students how to listen and ask good questions with these exercises designed to scaffold deep, meaningful collaboration.

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A blue-tinged photo of students talking, with math problems and formulas handwritten over them in white.

Keep your high school math students engaged with these techniques.

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Students work in groups to remember their year of learning.

Year mapping allows students to see what they’ve learned in your class, and it’s a great resource for your incoming class.

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Learning Environments
Rebooting Industrial Era Seating

Two educators present ideas for transforming our classrooms to meet the challenges of the future in this excerpt from their new book.

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Humans naturally try to get by with minimal work. Here are a few simple ways to push your students to think harder.

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Children smile as one of their peers makes a presentation.

Researchers in Michigan show that project-based learning in high-poverty communities can produce statistically significant gains in social studies and informational reading.

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Arts Integration
Music as a Teaching Tool

Incorporating music into almost any class can be a great way to teach content—and it doesn’t take special training or expensive resources.

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Teacher Wellness
Get the Most Out of Summer

Eight tips on incorporating relaxation and intentional planning for the year ahead into your summer so you can return to school refreshed.

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