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English-Language Learners

Supporting Students With Interrupted Educations

Four strategies for helping students who have missed portions of their schooling—and examples of how teachers are using these strategies.
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Growth Mindset

The Importance of Academic Courage

Courage exists in math as much as in mountain climbing, and students can develop the courage to tackle academic and life challenges.
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Project-Based Learning

5 PBL Pitfalls to Avoid

Project-based learning is powerful but complex, so we have solutions to some common problems teachers may encounter.
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Rubrics

6 Reasons to Try a Single-Point Rubric

A format that provides students with personalized feedback and works to keep them from focusing solely on their grade.
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Design Thinking

Using Design Principles to Build a Culture of Innovation

With two design thinking practices, you can make small, iterative changes to foster a creative culture in your school or classroom.
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Brain-Based Learning

Quick Classroom Exercises to Combat Stress

These brain breaks and focused-attention practices can help students cope with stress and trauma and focus on their learning.
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A student and teacher discuss the student’s college essay.
College Readiness

Teaching the College Essay

Your students can write argumentative essays, but they need additional guidance to produce standout personal narratives.
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Literacy

Using Find and Replace as a Writing Tool

This simple tool can highlight word and punctuation choices to help developing writers examine the mechanics of their writing.
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Learning Environments

A 7th Grade Teacher’s Shift to Flexible Seating

In her continuing efforts to improve her teaching, a middle school teacher moved from reworking the curriculum to updating her room.
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A female teacher and twelve-year-old girl are standing, smiling, and looking at a daily planner together.
Teacher Development

Easing the Shift From Elementary to Middle School

A few ways teachers can help new middle schoolers—and their families—cope with this big change.
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