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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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Classroom Management

How to Remember Students’ Names

Instead of resorting to “Hey, you,” try these techniques for retrieving names.
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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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School Leadership

Helping Teachers Thrive

Five ways principals can boost teachers’ resilience in the new year.
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Students and teachers at the author’s school sit at a table to discuss a project.
Project-Based Learning

Using PBL to Meet C3 Social Studies Standards

Project-based learning aligns with and enhances the College, Career, and Civic Life Framework for Social Studies State Standards.
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A young girl chews gum on a school bus.
Classroom Management

Rules and Routines in the Classroom

An argument for keeping hard rules to a minimum.
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Several high school students seated at a table in discussion with an adult.
PBL Planning

Real-World Applications of Classroom Learning

Project-based learning ideas that have your students collaborate with peers around the world and apply their learning to make a difference.
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Professional Development

Best Education Podcasts 2017

Teachers, psychologists, and authors bring you handy tips and big-picture takes on the state of education in these eight podcasts.
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Back to School

Relationships Matter More Than Rules

Community building in the classroom starts on day one. Try these strategies to begin forging strong relationships.
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Three students discuss work on a computer and a tablet as they build an app.
Coding in the Classroom

The Impact of Student-Created Apps

Building apps teaches teens far more than just computer skills—they also learn social entrepreneurship and gain self-confidence.
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