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K-12 Education Tips & Strategies That Work

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We should be deliberately teaching middle and high school students how to manage their devices.

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Communication Skills
Learning to Hook an Audience

The author’s fifth-grade students practiced a variety of skills in order to make 25-minute verbal and visual presentations on their inquiry-based projects.

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Text messages and Instagram captions can be valuable samples for teaching tone, writing conventions, and levels of formality.

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Culturally Responsive Teaching
Letting Students Succeed as Themselves

An American teacher shares a lesson learned during time he spent in New Zealand schools.

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Parents and teachers can minimize the stress with some joint prep before school starts.

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Teacher Wellness
Battling Decision Fatigue

When you’re teaching reading, focusing on these three questions can help you conserve your mental energy.

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Technology Integration
The Epic BYOD Toolbox

We’ve collected dozens of apps and tools for your bring-your-own-device classroom, with options for student writing, presentations, screencasting, assessment, and more.

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Five techniques you can use with students in any class to help boost their long-term learning outcomes.

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A girl looks lonely in class as two peers look angry behind her.

Ideas for guiding girls toward positive interactions with each other.

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Professional Development
6 PD Reads You Shouldn’t Miss

We asked about the professional development books you’d recommend to your teacher friends. Here are the six that stood out.

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You can find ideas on how to gear your teaching to meet the needs of all students even in works that aren’t explicitly about differentiation.

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The Sensory Room: Helping Students With Autism Focus & Learn

Learning Environments
Sensory Room 101

After we published a video about a special room designed to help autistic kids calm and focus themselves, you had questions. Here’s what it takes to create this kind of space.

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Student Engagement
Scaffolding Grit

It starts with integrating passion-based learning into your classroom.

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