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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

Morning Meetings: Building Community in the Classroom

Starting the day with this 15-minute activity helps students regulate their emotions and focus on the day’s learning.
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Student Voice

Domingo: Somebody Just Like Me

When students see themselves reflected in their teachers, it shows them that they too can succeed.
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Creativity

10 Tools for Your Students’ Creativity Toolbox

Creativity is a process, and you can guide students to develop theirs with a set of tools for different situations.
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A teacher has a friendly chat with a small group of her students.
Classroom Management

Positive Words Go a Long Way

Simple ways to frame what you say to students to encourage and empower them.
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Students take notes in class.
Literacy

6 Strategies for Taking High-Quality Notes

Get your students thinking deeply while they’re taking notes—and show them how to make the most of those notes later.
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A teacher confidently explains a concept to students.
Teacher Wellness

9 Tips for Overcoming Classroom Stage Fright

Many teachers have a fight-or-flight response to being up at the front of the room. If that’s you, we can help.
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A teacher discusses writing feedback with two students.
Literacy

Making the Most of Your Writing Feedback

Giving high-quality feedback on student writing can be a challenge, but these strategies help maximize its impact on your students.
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A teacher discusses what her students are seeing on their computer monitors.
Digital Citizenship

How to Teach Internet Safety to Younger Elementary Students

A lesson plan for helping students as young as kindergarten begin to understand how to be safe online.
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Blended Learning

Extending Classroom Management Online

Nine suggestions to help you provide online learners with class norms and expectations and a sense of community.
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A father and his two sons do a project together.
Curriculum Planning

Freeing Students—and Teachers—From Homework

A second-grade teacher explains how she got rid of mandatory homework—and the surprising results she found when she did.
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