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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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Literacy

A Community of Passionate Readers

Get elementary students more excited about reading with these easy-to-implement community literacy projects.
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Teacher Development

What Can We Do About Teacher Turnover?

Roughly 16 percent of teachers in the U.S. change jobs or leave the profession annually. Here are three ideas for reducing that number.
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Teaching Strategies

Keeping Learning Real, Relevant, and Relatable

Reading and writing exercises teachers can use to tap students’ interests and experiences in a variety of classes.
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Digital Citizenship

What Your Students Really Need to Know About Digital Citizenship

Ideas on how to guide students to the knowledge and experience they need to act responsibly online.
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Teaching Strategies

More Talking in Math Class, Please

Talking about math helps elementary students deepen their understanding. Use these three tips to get the conversation started.
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Teacher Wellness

Are You at Risk for Secondary Traumatic Stress?

Teaching and caring for others—especially kids in trauma—can be difficult. Here are six strategies to help you take care of yourself.
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Literacy

The Benefits of Reading for Pleasure

Reading for fun has numerous lifelong benefits, and we have ideas for how you can promote this habit among your students.
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Social and Emotional Learning

The Power of Being Seen

How well do you know your students? In a Nevada school, a simple strategy pushes teachers to look beyond the lessons.
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A teacher and her students sit in a circle on the floor.
Classroom Management

Circling Up for Community Building

Restorative practices are used as an alternative to punishment, but these group circles also work to foster a sense of community.
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Inquiry-Based Learning

Inquiry and the Research Process

Tips for ensuring that your students’ research fosters genuine inquiry.
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