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K-12 Education Tips & Strategies That Work

Two elementary school girls are smiling and standing side by side.

A simple activity can reduce friction in a classroom by guiding students to focus on each other’s strengths.

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Twelve studies that educators should know about, on everything from the benefits of mentors to the most effective studying strategies.

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Activities that foster gratefulness have benefits for students beyond enhancing their social and emotional skills.

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Audience response systems are a quick, engaging way to pause a lecture and see how well students are understanding the material.

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Students read in a school library.

A creative way to give students a choice in what they read and differentiate instruction to help them grow as readers.

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Two students work on geometric illustrations.

Critical Thinking
The Art of Reflection

Portfolios allow students to regularly reflect on their learning process—deepening their connection to content.

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A teacher in a science classroom talks as a student raises their hand.

A rigorous intervention pushes students who might be satisfied with a D to aim higher.

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Children in a classroom raise both hands in the air during a movement break.

Learning Environments
3 Elementary Classroom Hacks

A teacher explains strategies she once used with first graders, with updates from her current perspective teaching fourth grade.

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Guiding your students to get the most out of digital portfolios takes careful planning, and we have ideas to help you get started.

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Brain-Based Learning
How Metacognition Boosts Learning

Students often lack the metacognitive skills they need to succeed, but they can develop these skills by addressing some simple questions.

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Kids build houses out of graham crackers in the author’s class.

Keeping fourth graders engaged in math in the run-up to winter break is easier with this sweet project.

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Students with traumatic experiences bring those experiences with them to school. These strategies can help foster a feeling of safety.

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