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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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Game-Based Learning

Ideas for Using Minecraft in the Classroom

Blogger Andrew Miller explores ways to bring game-based learning to the classroom using Minecraft.
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Growth Mindset

Discomfort, Growth, and Innovation

Foster a culture of successful innovation by empathizing with fellow educators who are uncomfortable with risk, modeling a growth mindset, and celebrating effort as well as success.
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Learning Environments

6 Tips for Supercharging Your Learning Stations

Switching between activities can shake students up, turning them into active rather than passive learners.
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5-Minute Film Festival

5-Minute Film Festival: 7 Video Writing Prompts for Young Authors

Looking for a new way to spark creativity in your students' writing? Try these video writing prompts.
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Brain-Based Learning

Laughter, Learning, and Why Teens Are Such a Tough Crowd

Laughter, risk, and novelty stimulate the teenage brain. Make these elements work for you by incorporating the strategies and rhythms of stand-up comedy into your teaching.
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