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Literacy

Writing Workshop Checklist

Teaching a writing workshop can be scary, but this list of eight things you’ll need will help you get started.
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Readers Weigh In

High School Flexible Seating Done Right

Interested in switching to flexible seating? Get funding ideas, helpful tips, and how-to photos from the pros—your fellow high school teachers.
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A young girl imagines that a pile of small boxes on a table are a house complete with electricity, with a plane and hot-air balloons flying above.
Creativity

Stirring Students’ Imaginations

Three strategies for helping upper elementary and middle school students develop their mind’s eye.
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Back to School

Back-to-School Resources for Parents

Find information on easing transition jitters, managing kids’ tech use, getting involved in the school, and more.
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Teacher Wellness

It’s OK to Say No

Sometimes teachers take on so much work that they lose their sense of purpose. Here are a few steps you can take to avoid that.
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The Research Is In

A Surprising Way to Reduce Math Stress

A new study finds that a simple writing exercise can improve students’ math outcomes.
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Technology Integration

Note Taking With Technology

Despite arguments to the contrary, computers can be effective for note taking—if we adequately support students in using them.
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Literacy

Books That Explore the Refugee Experience

These nine books—for students of all grade levels—convey what it’s like to be a refugee.
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A group of students sit outside taking notes on what they notice about the world around them.
Literacy

A Voice Worth Listening To

Writing poetry can help students find confidence in their voice, and you can incorporate it into your curriculum with these mini-units.
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Social and Emotional Learning

A Push in the Right Direction

Mentors have the power to shape people’s choices in positive ways, as a teacher and student share in a pair of videos.
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