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A stressed-out young woman sits in front of a blackboard crowded with numbers and equations.
Readers Weigh In

Tips for Tackling Timed Tests and Math Anxiety

You can’t make timed tests go away, but you can help make the stress more manageable for students.
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Two smiling girls stare into each other’s eyes in class.
Social and Emotional Learning

Concentrating on Concentration

Help your students increase their ability to concentrate with these exercises and discussion prompts.
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A group of high school girls have fun looking in a dictionary.
Literacy

Teens Aren’t Too Old to Play

A few ways to let high school students play in English class—and they’re not entirely frivolous.
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A teacher works at the white board with a young boy.
Teacher Appreciation

6 Traits of Life-Changing Teachers

We asked our community what makes teachers unforgettable. Here’s what they said.
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A row of kids work at computers in their class.
Formative Assessment

Fantastic, Fast Formative Assessment Tools

Checking for understanding is good for both students and teachers. We’ve rounded up a variety of digital tools to help you do it.
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Student Voice

How Do Teachers Change Lives?

We asked some students, and this is what they told us.
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A young girl sits at her desk, writing with a pencil.
Creativity

The Original Makerspace

Hands-on learning and 3D printers are great, but let’s not forget that students have always created original products—in the writing classroom.
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Three girls work on computer circuitry.
Education Equity

Implicit Bias in the STEM Classroom

How to start tackling the biases that hold students back in STEM.
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A group of elementary students sit at a table analyzing geometric shapes as their teacher assists.
Critical Thinking

Getting Critical About Critical Thinking

It may not be easy to define critical thinking, but we do have suggestions for how you can teach it.
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A photograph of an older student working with a younger student.
Teacher Collaboration

Want to Improve a District? Let Teachers Lead the Way

A Connecticut superintendent put teachers and students at the forefront of all decisions and transformed a district.
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