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PBL Planning

Finding an Authentic Goal for Your PBL Classroom

Invite students in on the decision-making process when selecting an authentic goal for your class PBL unit and you will have increased their ownership of the unit from the get-go.
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Differentiated Instruction

100+ Tools for Differentiating Instruction Through Social Media

Social media can enhance differentiated instruction if the tools are selected with a careful eye on individual students' readiness, interests, and learning profiles.
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Maker Education

Why Making Is Essential to Learning

At the heart of making is the idea that all students are creators, and hands-on learning plays a key role in maker education.
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An adult's hands are guiding a student's hand to use an upscale hole punch. They're holding it on top of a desk. There's an opened binder, papers, scissors, and a pencil strewn across the desk.
Maker Education

Upcycling and the Low-Tech Makerspace

Upcycling happens in a makerspace when design thinking meets hard-to-recycle junk. Inspire students to design and create cool, useful products from trash otherwise destined for landfill.
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Social and Emotional Learning

Building SEL Skills Through Formative Assessment

Measure and evaluate your students' SEL development by using a Progression Chart and strategies that include probing discussions, unobtrusive assessments, and student-generated assessments.
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Curriculum Planning

Online Archives: Fun and Fascinating Classroom Resources

From an online collection of visual archetypes to royalty free music, these resources are great for the classroom or for just taking a fun trip down the rabbit hole of history.
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School Leadership

Summer Prep for Back to School: Resources for School Leaders

Explore resources from Edutopia and the web that support school leaders -- including principals and other administrators -- as they guide school communities into a new school year.
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A large group of special needs students are marching in the street, proudly raising their arms, cheering, and holding a large sign that says, "Hudson High School Special Olympians -- Multi-State Champs in Soccer and Softball."
Social and Emotional Learning

Recalling and Rekindling the Spirit that Initiated Special Olympics

The spirit of Special Olympics needs emulation so that doors are more widely open for all -- in schools and social institutions.
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School Leadership

The Answer to Our Education Woes

Getting curious, slowing down, and listening to each other are a few of the essentials necessary for addressing the larger problems in education. 
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Maker Education

Pop Up and Make: Student-Designed and Facilitated Makerspaces

See how introducing fluid, diverse makerspaces throughout a school can engage students in playing, collaborating, learning, and finding their passions.
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