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Teacher Wellness

Battling Decision Fatigue

When you’re teaching reading, focusing on these three questions can help you conserve your mental energy.
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Social and Emotional Learning

Justice Committee: Using Restorative Practices to Resolve Conflicts

Students at Pittsfield Middle High School are trained to mediate conflicts between their fellow students—and between students and teachers.
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Assessment

Competency-Based Learning: Developing Mastery of Skills and Content

At Pittsfield Middle High School, students choose how they will show what they have learned.
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Student Voice

The Site Council: Empowering Students Through School Governance

Students have the majority vote on deciding school policy.
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Two teachers are facilitating a circle discussion with students.
Community Partnerships

A Town Helps Transform Its School

A low-performing rural school in New Hampshire reached out to the local community for help turning things around.
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Two small children place facial expression stickers on drawings of a happy face and sad face.
Social and Emotional Learning

Helping Children Develop Emotional Literacy

Exercises that teachers and parents can use to help young children develop the ability to identify emotions.
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A group of young students sit on the floor around their teacher’s legs as she reads to them.
Literacy

Motivating Students to Read

Asking students to give monologues in character and reading aloud to them are just two ways you can encourage them to read.
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Student explores 3D rendering of a heart.
Virtual Reality

Will Virtual Reality Drive Deeper Learning?

As an ever-growing array of virtual reality tools hits schools, educators wonder if the technology lives up to its hype.
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The Research Is In

A Case for Finger Counting

New research suggests that young children may make gains in math by counting with their fingers.
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An adult guides several young children as they stand at easels.
Arts Integration

The Impact of a Visiting Artist Program

It can benefit students well beyond arts classes, function as an in-place field trip, and strengthen your school’s ties to parents and the community.
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