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5-Minute Film Festival

5-Minute Film Festival: Celebrate Pi Day!

Find videos, lesson plans, and activities for every grade level here.
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An elementary grade level teacher stands at a table giving instruction while young children are writing.
Teacher Development

New Teachers: Classroom Management Essentials

Four must-haves for creating an effective learning environment.
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A female teacher in a blue shirt and glasses is sitting in a classroom alone, looking at papers.

3 Ways Student Data Can Inform Your Teaching

Gather and use valuable student data to inform your classroom practice.
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Think Possible

8th Graders Writing a Novel?

Two videos explore what happens when a middle school teacher challenges her students to write a novel in just one month.
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A group of students and teacher look at an illuminated table map.
Field Trips

More Than Just Eyes and Ears

Experiential learning is powerful, and you can create ways for students to learn with all their senses—in and out of the classroom.
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Bettina Love in front of a classroom
Education Equity

The Crisis in Black Education: Reaching Students Where They Are

An education professor draws connections between critical skills and hip-hop culture, and argues that there is no crisis in black education.
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Katie Dulaney listens as her students have a discussion.
Communication Skills

Hot-Button Topics, Civil Conversations

Fostering productive discussions on contentious topics.
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A teacher discusses paperwork with two parents.
Family Engagement

New Teachers: How to Talk to Parents

A veteran teacher shares what she’s learned in the course of 26 years. Big picture: A little empathy goes a long way.
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Students gather in a circle to discuss their writing.
Student Engagement

Hacking Teens’ Desire to Impress Their Peers

You can get teens to work harder by giving them an audience they really care about—each other.
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A young woman uses a cardboard virtual reality headset.
Classroom Technology

Ripping Learning off the Page

Virtual reality headsets and 360-degree videos are cheap—or even free!—tools you can use to help students experience distant places and the lives of others.
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