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Classroom Management

Responding to Disruptive Students

Negative attention doesn’t help difficult students change their ways, but teachers can alter classroom dynamics through this exercise.
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Two students look at their phones in class.
Digital Citizenship

3 Tips for Managing Phone Use in Class

Setting cell phone expectations early is key to accessing the learning potential of these devices and minimizing the distraction factor.
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5-Minute Film Festival

5-Minute Film Festival: Resources for Teaching About Character

Five short films and a set of resources for celebrating Character Day on September 13.
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Teaching Strategies

The Power of Visualization in Math

Creating visual representations for math students can open up understanding. We have resources you can use in class tomorrow.
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School Leadership

Simple Ways to Support Your Teachers at the Start of the Year

Solutions that administrators can implement ahead of time to resolve four common challenges teachers face as a school year begins.
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A group of teachers watch as a fellow teacher makes a presentation on a project.
Project-Based Learning

Get a Taste of PBL Before Your Students Do

Project slices—condensed project-based learning for teachers—give educators a student’s perspective on what it’s like to do a project.
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Young student writers read each other’s work.
Literacy

Giving Peer Feedback Helps Writers Grow

Tips for showing students how to give each other writing feedback, which benefits both the receiver and the giver.
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Statue of Robert E. Lee in Emancipation Park in Charlottesville, VA.
Social and Emotional Learning

When Controversy Hits Your Community

In Virginia, educators say the groundwork for addressing student responses to the recent Charlottesville protest was laid in the years before the event.
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A coach looks on as a teacher works with students.
Instructional Coaching

Coaching the Novice Teacher

Some dos and don’ts for instructional coaches striving to help new teachers make a successful start.
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A row of voting machines in a classroom, with people inside voting
The Research Is In

To Increase Voter Turnout, Start with Children

Can a program targeting social and emotional skills in children increase the odds that they’ll vote as adults? A new study says yes.
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