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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.

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Open Education Resources

Free Is Good

Open educational resources are free digital materials you can use with your students. Here are some ways to find them.
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Social and Emotional Learning

Entering the Quiet Zone

Giving students a dedicated spot in the classroom to collect themselves helps them learn to manage their emotions—a valuable life skill.
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Literacy

Bringing Poetry Outside

See how one teacher encourages his school to join together and enjoy a spring day with poetry.
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STEM

12 Inspiring STEM Books for Girls

Science, technology, engineering, and math are more important than ever, so we’ve put together a list of books to encourage girls to persevere in these subjects.
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Social and Emotional Learning

Integrating Social and Emotional Competencies Into Academic Content

Collaboration, problem solving, and social awareness are as necessary as literacy and math.
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School Leadership

The Graduate Profile: A Focus on Outcomes

These profiles help schools direct resources toward building student competencies. See how they work.
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Classroom Technology

Students’ Best Tech Resource: The Teacher

Three strategies to make sure your content—not your technology—is your students’ main focus.
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Readers Weigh In

Tips for Tackling Timed Tests and Math Anxiety

You can’t make timed tests go away, but you can help make the stress more manageable for students.
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Social and Emotional Learning

Concentrating on Concentration

Help your students increase their ability to concentrate with these exercises and discussion prompts.
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A group of high school girls have fun looking in a dictionary.
Literacy

Teens Aren’t Too Old to Play

A few ways to let high school students play in English class—and they’re not entirely frivolous.
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