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  • Assessment

    How to Get Students to Focus on Learning—Not Grades

    With a few shifts in the classroom, teachers can encourage students to pay more attention to the skills they are building than to a number or letter score.
  • Literacy

    Extending Penmanship Lessons Beyond Elementary School

    Working to improve their handwriting can help middle school students improve their reading and writing skills as well.
    Chie Sipin-Bjarenas
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  • Project-Based Learning (PBL)

    Having Students Learn by Teaching

    When high school students present a lesson, they actively engage in learning and grow their research, organizational, and speaking skills.
  • Brain-Based Learning

    4 Steps to Build Schoolwide Capacity in the Science of Learning

    The science of learning encompasses findings in several fields, and these steps help demystify it and encourage gradual adoption—one strategy at a time.
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  • Administration & Leadership

    How School Leaders Can Support Effective Professional Development

    A professional development specialist and a principal describe how they work together to ensure that PD is meaningful.
  • Classroom Management

    5 Low-Stakes Activities to Help Teens Open Up

    From sharing common interests to making connections through books and music, these engaging exercises provide stepping stones for teachers to build relationships in the classroom.
  • Inquiry-Based Learning

    Cultivating Curiosity Among Older Students

    Small, daily shifts in the way middle and high school teachers ask questions can boost student engagement.
    155
  • Assessment

    7 Tips for Creating Motivating Assessments

    Teachers can take small actions to ensure that the tests they give build students’ confidence, refine skills, and encourage independence.
    129
  • Student Wellness

    How Schools Are Reframing Gym Class to Be More Engaging

    A series of small shifts can make physical education more welcoming and help reluctant students warm up to the idea of getting and staying active.
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  • Assessment

    A Powerful Way to Document Student Learning in the Early Grades

    Learning stories are narratives that demonstrate in images and text the learning process of students in preschool through grade 2.
    238

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