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Professional Development

Reflecting on Reflection: A Habit of Mind

Terry Heick looks at what reflection is, how it works as both a private and shared activity, and why teachers need it in their toolkit.
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Project-Based Learning

Innovative Practice: 5 Strategies for the Early Learning Classroom

Project- and play-based learning are essential in the early grades to develop creative learning dispositions during the brain's most active period of synaptic growth.
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Maker Education

Capture the Learning: Crafting the Maker Mindset

Plan a maker education program by identifying the content and skills you want to develop, and approach it as teaching creativity via PBL and design thinking.
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Literacy

11 Alternatives to "Round Robin" (and "Popcorn") Reading

Rather than intimidating young readers with ancient pedagogy, encourage and empower them with livelier strategies such as partner reading or the manic Crazy Professor Game.
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English-Language Learners

Integrating ELL Students in General Education Classes

Through a blend of differentiated instruction and formative assessment strategies, ELLs can successfully keep up with their peers in a general education classroom.
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Social and Emotional Learning

Habits of Heart: Helping Students Reflect and Act on Gratitude

Edutopia blogger Maurice Elias offers teachers several classroom activities to help students understand gratitude and put it to practice.
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Social and Emotional Learning

How to Bring Listening Circles to Your Class

To enhance classroom culture, use a listening circle to build respect, deepen trust, and share humor. Prompt your students thoughtfully, and record your observations afterward.
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English-Language Learners

Support English-Language Learners With Scannable Technology

With QR codes and AR triggers, you can give your ELLs a quick, fun way to supplement their language acquisition with audio and visual prompts.
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Lesson Plans

Word Up: The Must Dos of Vocabulary Instruction

Do you display words and use those words daily in class? Check out these five must dos for teaching vocabulary.
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Teacher Development

Teaching Is Giving: One Teacher's Gift List

Terry Heick reflects on the many levels of giving that happen within our teaching practice, and considers how he can give more -- and more efficiently.
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