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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.

Collaborative Learning

Developing Independent Learners: Guiding Students to Be More Resourceful

When you empower students to be classroom experts, they learn to become resources for each other.
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Professional Development

Teacher Labs: Making Professional Development Collaborative

Watch the magic that happens when educators observe each other teaching and then reflect together.
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Interest-Based Learning

Thinkering Studio: Supporting Self-Directed Learning

Watch students take charge of their project-based learning, by creating their own learning goals and identifying resources beyond their teacher.
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Design Thinking

Design Thinking: Prioritizing Process Skills

Watch kids become master problem solvers and collaborators by designing, building, and iterating on prototypes.
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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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