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School Leadership

Process Improvement in the Substitute Teacher Office

Administrators can practice the technique of process improvement by starting with just one task—sourcing substitutes.
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Teacher Wellness

Why I’ll Keep Teaching, Despite the Hardships

A special education teacher reflects on leaving Chicago Public Schools.
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Classroom Technology

Using Technology in Your Humanities Classroom

When to use computers and internet resources—and when not to.
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Mindfulness

Pause, Refocus, Assess: Meditation in the Classroom

As a classroom practice, meditation can help students strengthen their self-regulation and their focus on coursework. It also boosts their overall health, reduces negative feelings, and fosters compassion.
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Literacy

10 Innovative Learning Stations That Get Students Reading

Re-energize your student readers with these super-smart, tech-savvy learning stations.
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Parent Partnership

15 Questions to Replace “How Was School Today?”

These questions will help you draw out important information from your kids.
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Bullying Prevention

What Is Identity-Based Bullying—and How Can I Stop It?

An introduction to a particularly destructive form of bullying—and three things you can do to address it.
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Global Education

How Are You Helping Your Students Become Global Citizens?

A globally competent student is one who can investigate the world, weigh perspectives, interact with diverse audiences, and take action.
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Brain-Based Learning

7 Ways to Calm a Young Brain in Trauma

How can we help elementary students who have been scarred by tragedy become more receptive to learning?
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Brain-Based Learning

Conquering the Multitasking Brain Drain

Contrary to popular belief, multitasking interferes with the quality of learning. These suggestions can help students recognize that scattered focus isn't their friend during homework time.
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