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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.

Student Wellness

How a TEDx Mission Makes Learning Relevant To Students’ Lives

In a 7th-grade classroom, health lessons are framed as broader "missions" to get students engaged with relevant topics in their community.
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Classroom Management

The Science Behind Classroom Norming

Blogger Todd Finley explores the value of Classroom Norming to help learners.
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Coding in the Classroom

Easy Projects to Get Started with Scratch: Drawing 2D Shapes

Programming a computer is simply telling it what to do, and tools like Scratch convert this language into images to familiarize elementary students with coding.
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Drawing of two students
Classroom Management

"What Did You Call Me?" – How to Remember Students’ Names

Blogger Todd Finley shares techniques on how to remember students' names.
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Student Engagement

Back to School: A Surefire Strategy for Building Classroom Community

Blogger Anne Shaw highlights a fun, beginning-of-the-year strategy that includes a roll of toilet paper.
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Integrated Studies

A Cornucopia of Multidisciplinary Teaching

The synergy of diverse disciplines can lead to a sweet spot. Consider myths and fables for teaching subjects as far ranging as geography, vocabulary, and philosophy.
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Game-Based Learning

Gaming the College Admissions Process

College prep and admissions are serious business, but gamifying the process may just help middle and high school students understand the challenges and find solutions.
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Education Trends

Audience and Purpose

Whether teaching English language arts or contemplating ed reform, it's about audience and purpose: what's being done or said, why, and who will benefit.
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Teaching Strategies

How to Teach Kids About Factoring a Polynomial

Jose Vilson challenges the frequently taught method for factoring polynomials with an example that demonstrates why he's such a highly regarded middle school math teacher.
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STEM

Redesigning Fashion Design: From Tween Distraction to STEM Focus

To help make STEM relevant for all students, Heidi Olinger puts a fashion industry spin on soil science and math for middle school girls.
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