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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.

Maker Education

Supporting the Teacher Maker Movement

In order for teachers to encourage student innovation, they need the freedom to be innovative as well. Eight ways school leaders can support faculty who want to develop engaging curriculum.
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Student Engagement

Using Mentor Texts to Motivate and Support Student Writers

Providing students with examples of good writing is vital. Here are tips for using mentor texts in the classroom and ideas on where you can find it.
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Teacher Leadership

Teachers: Preparing for Your Best Year Ever

Blogger Elena Aguilar gives teachers tips on ways to stay happy and successful this school year.
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New Teachers

Back to School: Preparing for Day One

Six tips for helping both new and seasoned teachers have a successful first day of school.
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Student Engagement

Creating Learning Environments

Edutopia blogger Ben Johnson proposes that in the digital information age, the teacher's main role will be to guide and motivate students and provide rationale for learning.
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Technology Integration

Accessing Multimedia Using QR Codes

QR codes, an exciting medium for kids learning how to use mobile devices, are a natural tool for linking students to resources you want them to find.
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Back to School

Dipsticks: Efficient Ways to Check for Understanding

Through alternative formative assessment, teachers can check for student understanding without falling back on the tedious or intimidating pop quiz.
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Teacher Leadership

Pride of Profession: Striving to Become a Great Teacher

How can we expect students to aspire to be great if we are not also aspiring for greatness?
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Differentiated Instruction

15+ Readiness Resources for Driving Student Success

Students learn when ready, but not everyone reaches that point simultaneously. Discover resources to help meet the readiness needs of all your students.
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Teacher Leadership

Honoring Pioneers in Education

Let's take a moment to admire innovators in our field including some who in spite of criticism continued forward.
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