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You'll find practical classroom strategies and tips from real educators, as well as lesson ideas, personal stories, and innovative approaches to improving your teaching practice. If you have any thoughts or comments about these articles, please don't hesitate to let us know.

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Teaching Strategies

Making Failure Harder Work Than Passing

A rigorous intervention pushes students who might be satisfied with a D to aim higher.
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A female middle school teacher talks with two female students who are seated at their desks.
Teacher Development

Navigating Change: Tips From a Veteran

Adopting a new textbook or teaching a different course? Here’s how one classroom veteran handles such changes.
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Literacy

Race and the Literary Canon

Middle and high school teachers can re-examine classic novels by exploring issues around race and social justice with students.
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Literacy

Encouraging a Love of Poetry

An argument for appreciating poems as moments of beauty in class, in addition to teaching poetry analysis.
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A man and woman are climbing a ladder of books.
Professional Development

National Board Aims to Certify 1 Million

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards has made getting certified cheaper and easier to manage. Will more teachers pursue certification?
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Two girls work in Minecraft in a classroom as a teacher sits with them and talks.
Game-Based Learning

Learning by Tinkering

Minecraft and other open-world games are being harnessed to teach course content by taking advantage of students’ creativity.
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Children in a classroom read texts in books and tablet computers.
Literacy

Cultivating a Love of Reading in the Digital Age

Four tips for taking advantage of apps and other tools to encourage students to read.
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Five teenaged students are seated at a table looking at computer screens, talking, and smiling.
Media Literacy

Teaching Current Events in the Age of Social Media

Four tips for including the news in your curriculum while helping students cope with the abundance of negative stories.
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An illustration of a young woman crouched in grief with speech bubbles hanging above her.
Bullying Prevention

Empowering Students to Curb Bullying

Standing up to bullying can be frightening, but students can use these low-risk strategies to support peers who are bullied.
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Maker Education

A Makerspace Built by Elementary Students

Third graders designed a makerspace for their school. Then they got their budget approved and built it.
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