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K-12 Education Tips & Strategies That Work

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Over more than a decade, the author has developed a 14-point plan for encouraging students to engage deeply with math content.

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Whether you’re a new teacher or a veteran, try these tips for taking care of yourself and staying energized throughout the school year.

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When you’re teaching a new subject or age group, use these six tips to tackle what you don’t know—and leverage what you do.

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Instructional Coaching
Coaching the Veteran Teacher

Guiding teachers who have years of experience takes sensitivity and a willingness to learn from them at the same time.

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These practices can help kids build coping skills and self-efficacy—which are helpful whether they’ve experienced trauma or not.

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Girls play a math game on their iPads.

MathMobs are friendly competitions that tap into students’ motivation to play to engage them in math.

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Two students discuss a computer game.

Online quiz programs weren’t designed for world language classes, so we have five tips for keeping students focused on the target language.

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Resources for developing routines, fostering classroom community, managing disruptions, and building student relationships.

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Flashes of creative thought can be difficult for students to capture, so we rounded up a few apps that can help.

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Trauma in students’ lives takes an emotional and physical toll on teachers as well. Experts weigh in on the best ways to cope.

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Exit cards can be easy—and sometimes even fun—for students to create with a variety of digital tools.

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Our brains are wired to forget, but there are research-backed strategies you can use to make your teaching stick.

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A high school teacher tries a classroom management experiment thinking it will fail. Years later, he’s still at it.

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