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A group of students collaborate on a project.
Project-Based Learning

Getting Started With Self-Organized Learning Environments

Tips for creating a more student-centered and collaborative classroom.
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Literacy

Building Choice Into Your Students’ Reading

Create a literacy-rich environment by putting a lot of books in front of your students.
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Students examine and write about an aquarium, a plant, and other things.
Literacy

Helping Students Find Their Writer’s Voice

Three exercises to get students writing with vivid detail—a key step to developing a distinctive style of their own.
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A group of young students work on a math problem on a whiteboard as the teacher watches.
Student Engagement

The Student-Centered Math Class

Transform your math instruction with three strategies you can start using today.
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Girl holding an American flag.

New Times Call for a New Civics

After decades of decline, civics education may be staging a comeback as teachers help their students make sense of a heated political climate.
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Two students test the fit of a suit of cardboard armor.
Maker Education

A Content-Rich Maker Project

Students crafting cardboard suits of armor work on literacy, math, and collaboration skills.
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A young girl holds two puzzle pieces.
Parent Partnership

What Autism Can Look Like

Autism can be confused with misbehavior. Here are three autism behaviors to look out for and tips on how to respond to them.
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A girl looks at a math app on a tablet screen.
Mobile Learning

Using Math Apps to Increase Understanding

These 10 free or low-cost apps turn learning math into a game.
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Three cartoon lightbulbs standing together–one frowning, one jumping up and down and smiling, the other crying.
Curriculum Planning

Redefining Failure

Why encouraging students to get everything right is the wrong direction.
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An exterior shot of a blue-painted bus with clouds and a solar panel roof. It's parked on dirt overlooking hills.
Innovative Spaces

Climb Aboard: School Buses Reimagined

Mobile greenhouses, art studios, and makerspaces are traveling to underserved kids across the nation—salvaging vulnerable school programs and leveling the playing field to access.
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