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Students in uniform sweaters sit in a classroom and write by hand.
Brain-Based Learning

The Lowdown on Longhand

Taking notes by hand helps students form deeper connections to information than they do when using a laptop.
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Learning Environments

8 Tips and Tricks to Redesign Your Classroom

A classroom designer walks you through the process of redesigning your room, with videos to inspire you.
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Lesson Plans

A Math Framework for Multiple Grade Levels

Using simple images, the Splat! lessons teach a range of math concepts at different levels of difficulty. Download 50 free lessons.
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Chairs are floating in the air inside of a building.
Learning Environments

Flexible Classrooms: Assembly Required

Seating, storage, lighting, and tables—we cover what you need, where to get it, and how much it costs.
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Cover images of the nine graphic novels in the article
Literacy

Powerful Graphic Novels for Middle School

Great for readers of all literacy levels, these nine nonfiction titles work in English language arts, social studies, and science classes.
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A young female teacher wearing glasses is at her desk smiling and on the phone.
New Teachers

A Phone Call Home Makes All the Difference

You don’t have to reserve phone calls to parents for bad news. Try these tips to deepen communication and trust with families.
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Illustration of many adult hands, each using a different mobile device.
Parent Partnership

Improving Your Parent-Outreach Strategy

Use these communication tools to keep parents in the loop, reduce your workload, and boost student engagement.
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A chalkboard covered with student names in bright colors.
Classroom Management

How to Remember Students’ Names

Instead of resorting to “Hey, you,” try these techniques for retrieving names.
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A female adult touching the shoulder of a seated male child who has a sad expression.
Social and Emotional Learning

An On-Site Advocate for Every Student

An argument for providing every student with a social-emotional and academic liaison.
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A student discusses her work with her teacher.
Literacy

The Mechanics of Developing a Writer’s Voice

Help your students develop their own voice in writing by focusing on details, word choice, and sentence fluency.
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