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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.

A female student looks at a tablet computer with holographic images of data charts floating around it.
Assessment

Why Student Data Should Be Students’ Data

Students can make gains in taking ownership of their work when they’re given access to their data around that work.
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A female high school student works at a computer as other students talk to the teacher in the background.
Curriculum Planning

Why I Teach Journalism in My History Classes

Journalism—the first rough draft of history—reinforces information gathering, effective writing skills, and audience engagement.
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Mitch Resnick and a young boy talk while sitting at a computer.
Education Trends

The Future of Coding in Schools

Mitch Resnick, one of the creators of Scratch, on why he thinks coding should be taught in all schools—it's not the reason you’d expect.
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Buddy Berry looks at a computer with students.
School Leadership

A Small Town School Embraces a Big Vision

A determined superintendent looks to transform student lives in his rural Kentucky hometown.
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Student Engagement

Cranking Teaching Strategies Up to Awesome

“Surprise and delight” is a core student engagement strategy at this school—built into both the instruction and the building’s design.
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Learning Environments

Building a 21st-Century Learning Space

A community raised $6 million to construct an innovative 30,000-square-foot facility complete with makerspaces and learning labs.
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College Readiness

Setting Students Up for College Success

Get a look at a dual-enrollment program that prepares high school students to overcome the obstacles on the path to finishing college.
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Service Learning

Building Empathy Through Community Projects

Twice a year, students and teachers in Eminence, Kentucky, collaborate for three days on meaningful projects that serve their community.
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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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Kids build houses out of graham crackers in the author’s class.
Lesson Plans

The Great Gingerbread House Project

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