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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 group of young teens are outside in the sun picking up garbage from the grass and putting it into white trash bags.
PBL Planning

Making Earth Day More Than Just a One-Day Celebration

Resources for connecting project-based learning to Earth Day—for students of all ages.
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Girls work in class while sitting on chairs or the floor.
Learning Environments

Flexible Seating in Middle School

Tips on giving your students a choice about where and on what to sit—including ideas about seating charts and classroom management.
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Students work together on a lab experiment.
Social and Emotional Learning

Academic Standards Require Social-Emotional Skills

An excerpt from an Aspen Institute report highlighting the close connection between social and emotional skills and college- and career-ready standards.
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Teachers and a parent discuss a student’s Individualized Education Program.
Parent Partnership

IEP: Students Benefit When We Collaborate

Tips for both parents and teachers to improve collaboration around creating individualized education programs.
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A male adult and female adult sit at a table looking at paperwork and a laptop screen.
Education Trends

A Glossary for the Current Education Debate

State and federal officials talk about school choice, but what exactly is it? We define some key terms.
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A boy works on the floor in his class.
Learning Environments

No Grade Is Too Early for Flexible Seating

These students work while standing, kneeling—some of them even sit in chairs.
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A woman in a nice suit is smiling and shaking the hand of another woman in an office setting.
Teacher Development

How to Rock That Teaching Job Interview

Tips for finding the right school for you and for nailing that job interview.
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An illustration of the circuits firing in a young person's brain.
Mental Health

Emotional Regulation for Kids With ADHD

Six brain-based strategies to help kids with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder build confidence, engagement, and focus.
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A student works at a desk in front of a whiteboard covered with equations.
STEM

Computational Thinking Across the Curriculum

Four of the skills used to solve computer science problems can be applied in other classes as well.
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Two second-grade girls role-play a scenario.
Social and Emotional Learning

Role-Play as an SEL Teaching Tool

Skills connected to social and emotional learning can be taught using situations drawn from students’ lives.
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