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Bullying Prevention

Empowering Students to Curb Bullying

Standing up to bullying can be frightening, but students can use these low-risk strategies to support peers who are bullied.
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Maker Education

A Makerspace Built by Elementary Students

Third graders designed a makerspace for their school. Then they got their budget approved and built it.
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Family Engagement

Parent Engagement in the Digital Age

Communication apps are breaking down barriers that have limited parent engagement in the past.
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Teaching Strategies

Making Sure Your Praise Is Effective

Research-backed ideas on how to give meaningful praise to inspire and reinforce positive behavior.
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Brain-Based Learning

How Metacognition Boosts Learning

Students often lack the metacognitive skills they need to succeed, but they can develop these skills by addressing some simple questions.
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Brain-Based Learning

Creating Safety and Attachment for Students With Trauma

Students with traumatic experiences bring those experiences with them to school. These strategies can help foster a feeling of safety.
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Creativity

4 Myths About Creativity

A new book argues that everyone can be creative—and that creativity can be taught.
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Classroom Technology

11 Essentials for Excellent Digital Portfolios

Guiding your students to get the most out of digital portfolios takes careful planning, and we have ideas to help you get started.
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Teaching Strategies

Teaching High-Level Math to Young Students

Middle school students worked through problems beyond their grade level when the teacher didn’t tell them it was high school math.
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Literacy

Journaling the Old-School Way

In a class where every student has a laptop, there’s still an argument to be made for keeping a pen-and-paper journal.
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