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Five first grade girls sit at a round table painting portraits of sunflowers.
Inquiry-Based Learning

Playful Inquiry for Elementary Students

Six suggestions for bringing a key idea from a Reggio Emilia–inspired school to your K–5 classroom.
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A classroom filled with teachers talking to each other while seated
Back to School

Building Trust With Parents

Suggestions for how to make back-to-school night a hit for you and your students’ parents.
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A young girl is deeply engaged in reading in a class full of students.
Literacy

A Skill Strong Readers Share

Metacognition helps readers analyze texts as they read, and it’s a skill you can teach your students.
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A colorful classroom with couches, collapsible desks, and scoop chairs
Readers Weigh In

7 Outstanding K–8 Flexible Classrooms

K–8 educators from across the country give you a peek at their classrooms—and explain how they managed the transformations.
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A young Asian girl works on her writing in class.
English-Language Learners

A Valuable Tool for English Language Learners

Portfolios provide great benefits to students writing in their second language, allowing them to see their progress toward their goals.
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A teacher checks in with one student as others write.
Literacy

Writing Workshop Checklist

Teaching a writing workshop can be scary, but this list of eight things you’ll need will help you get started.
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A classroom nook with a couch, armchair, and coffee table
Readers Weigh In

High School Flexible Seating Done Right

Interested in switching to flexible seating? Get funding ideas, helpful tips, and how-to photos from the pros—your fellow high school teachers.
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A young girl imagines that a pile of small boxes on a table are a house complete with electricity, with a plane and hot-air balloons flying above.
Creativity

Stirring Students’ Imaginations

Three strategies for helping upper elementary and middle school students develop their mind’s eye.
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A father gets his two kids ready to head off to school.
Back to School

Back-to-School Resources for Parents

Find information on easing transition jitters, managing kids’ tech use, getting involved in the school, and more.
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Technology Integration

5 Apps for Making Movies on Mobile Devices

Every year at Hollywood award shows, we see fantastic movies celebrated for their rich storytelling and dynamic performances. Your students can become moviemakers, too, thanks to some powerful apps for mobile devices. With these tools, your children...
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