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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.

Social and Emotional Learning

Perspective: A Game Changer in the Classroom and in Our Lives

Teachers must recognize (and teach) that our perspective shapes our expectations and outcomes. Lori Desautels shares three practices for tuning into and altering perspective.
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PBL Planning

Whirlwind Tour of PBL Schools Reveals Key Takeaways

British educator Tom Stephens spent five weeks this summer studying our educational system and PBL up close on the hunt for good ideas to take home. See what he discovered.
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Service Learning

From Selfies to Service: The Power of Civic Engagement

As Millennials feel driven to succeed while struggling with self-esteem, switching the focus to civic engagement can bring them perspective and purpose.
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Project-Based Learning

Project-Based Learning Through a Maker's Lens

The messy, hands-on Maker classroom is perfect for a PBL unit when the teacher is willing to collaborate, tinker, fix, break, and rebuild alongside students.
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STEM

STEM Is Jambalaya

Maybe it's time to start thinking of STEM as a new subject instead of breaking it down to identify the science, technology, engineering, and math.
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Social and Emotional Learning

The Importance of Asking Questions to Promote Higher-Order Competencies

How to use open-ended, close-ended, and a double question technique to inspire deeper thinking in your students.
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Coding in the Classroom

Coding for Kindergarteners

Teaching young children to code is far from a tedious exercise with the thoughtful, age-appropriate use of game-like apps and robotic devices.
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1:1 Implementation

5 Epiphanies on Learning in a 1:1 iPad Classroom

Inspiration and best practices merge into fun, effective learning as one teacher describes what she and her students discovered during their school's first 1:1 year with iPads.
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Blended Learning

A Working Model for Blended Learning in an Urban School

After two years of blended learning, a low-performing high school became one of the country's best. Read about how they shifted the learning, teaching, and culture.
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5-Minute Film Festival

Five-Minute Film Festival: Happy Independence Day!

To help you celebrate Independence Day, Edutopia's VideoAmy has put together a Fourth-of-July-themed collection of inspiring, interesting, and fun videos.
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