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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

Supporting Student Resilience in the Classroom

Guest blogger Steve Gardiner, a high school English and journalism teacher, looks at the benefits of a resilient mindset and shows how, through modeling confidence and giving a sense of autonomy, teachers can foster student resilience.
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Assessment

Understanding Assessment: Resources for Parents

We've compiled a resources list to help families understand various uses of assessment in schools, what questions to ask, how to help children prepare, and all about standardized tests.
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Assessment

Beyond the Standardized Test: Aim Higher

Edutopia blogger Andrew Miller looks at prep for standardized testing as an opportunity to encourage higher order thinking, embed test prep practices, and make informed decisions about engaging the class and reaching individual students.
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New Teachers

Teacher Appreciation: Why We Teach

Guest blogger Peg Regan reflects on why teachers teach: they're leaders who serve, fulfilling their own high expectations, giving to those who need to receive it - and ultimately, they were born to teach.
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Assessment

The Power of Performance Assessments

Edutopia blogger Bob Lenz shares the Envision Schools' framework for assessing high school students during their four-year academic journey.
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Education Trends

Make Earth Day a Global Learning Day

Guest blogger Homa Tavangar identifies Earth Day as a celebration of global learning and offers collaborative STEM activities relating to water, climate and agriculture from diverse organizations such as NASA, iEARN and the Peace Corps.
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Assessment

Academic Integrity: Cheat or Be Cheated?

Guest blogger Denise Pope, senior lecturer at Stanford's Graduate School of Education, looks at the culture of desperation that encourages widespread student cheating and suggests five steps toward academic integrity in the classroom.
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5-Minute Film Festival

5-Minute Film Festival: The Power of Spoken Word Poetry

It's National Poetry Month. Here Edutopia's VideoAmy highlights some videos and resources to engage students in her favorite genre -- spoken word poetry.
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Education Trends

Do-It-Yourself Virtual Professional Development: Taking Ownership of Your Learning

Edutopia blogger Monica Burns, advocating that teachers take ownership of their professional development, suggests seven online strategies to help, including Google Hangouts, video tutorials, and sane ways to embrace the information-rich Twitter...
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School Leadership

Professional Development: More Than Just a Checkbox on a Form

Guest blogger Tom Whitby examines how a school district's professional development decisions come down to cost, and then proposes maximizing the trend of DIY PD as a cost-effective answer to the problem.
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