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Critical Thinking

Generating Effective Questions

Four ways to come up with questions that guide students to engage deeply with class content. Plus: a pop quiz for you.
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Social and Emotional Learning

Bite-Size SEL Lessons

Snack time can be an opportunity for social and emotional learning instead of simply a pit stop for hungry kids.
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School Leadership

Connecting a District With Flash Lessons

Flash lessons get administrators out of their offices and into classrooms—and can strengthen their connections with teachers.
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Five first grade girls sit at a round table painting portraits of sunflowers.
Inquiry-Based Learning

Playful Inquiry for Elementary Students

Six suggestions for bringing a key idea from a Reggio Emilia–inspired school to your K–5 classroom.
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Back to School

Building Trust With Parents

Suggestions for how to make back-to-school night a hit for you and your students’ parents.
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Literacy

A Skill Strong Readers Share

Metacognition helps readers analyze texts as they read, and it’s a skill you can teach your students.
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Readers Weigh In

7 Outstanding K–8 Flexible Classrooms

K–8 educators from across the country give you a peek at their classrooms—and explain how they managed the transformations.
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A young Asian girl works on her writing in class.
English-Language Learners

A Valuable Tool for English Language Learners

Portfolios provide great benefits to students writing in their second language, allowing them to see their progress toward their goals.
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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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