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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.

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Creativity

Creativity on the Run: Apps That Support the Creative Process

Flashes of creative thought can be difficult for students to capture, so we rounded up a few apps that can help.
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Literacy

Alternatives to the 5 Paragraph Essay

While the standard essay format is a useful scaffold, it’s important to teach students other, more authentic kinds of writing as well.
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Mental Health

Building Students’ Resilience on the Bus

Six strategies bus drivers can use to support students’ emotional self-regulation.
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Formative Assessment

Hit the Mark With Digital Media Exit Cards

Exit cards can be easy—and sometimes even fun—for students to create with a variety of digital tools.
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Teacher Wellness

When Students Are Traumatized, Teachers Are Too

Trauma in students’ lives takes an emotional and physical toll on teachers as well. Experts weigh in on the best ways to cope.
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Learning Environments

Your Flexible Classroom Questions, Answered

We answer the flexible seating questions that many teachers have—like how to keep fire marshals happy.
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The Research Is In

Multitasking Harms Recall—Music, Not So Much

A new study confirms that multitasking negatively impacts studying. Listening to music, on the other hand, may have little effect.
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Education Equity

Building a Community of Learners—and Citizens

A high-needs school in Rhode Island helps close the achievement gap while preparing students for active citizenship.
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Critical Thinking

Talking Politics: Valuing Different Perspectives

Students learn how to share and listen to opposing beliefs with empathy.
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Differentiated Instruction

Station Rotation: Differentiating Instruction to Reach All Students

Rotation stations allow students to learn in a range of modalities, while making differentiation manageable for one teacher.
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