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Classroom Technology

Digital Tools and Distraction in School

We should be deliberately teaching middle and high school students how to manage their devices.
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Communication Skills

Learning to Hook an Audience

The author’s fifth-grade students practiced a variety of skills in order to make 25-minute verbal and visual presentations on their inquiry-based projects.
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Literacy

Social Media Posts as Exemplars

Text messages and Instagram captions can be valuable samples for teaching tone, writing conventions, and levels of formality.
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Culturally Responsive Teaching

Letting Students Succeed as Themselves

An American teacher shares a lesson learned during time he spent in New Zealand schools.
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A caring teacher chats with a young student.
Parent Partnership

Helping Students With Autism Transition Into a New School Year

Parents and teachers can minimize the stress with some joint prep before school starts.
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Teacher Wellness

Battling Decision Fatigue

When you’re teaching reading, focusing on these three questions can help you conserve your mental energy.
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Social and Emotional Learning

Justice Committee: Using Restorative Practices to Resolve Conflicts

Students at Pittsfield Middle High School are trained to mediate conflicts between their fellow students—and between students and teachers.
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Assessment

Competency-Based Learning: Developing Mastery of Skills and Content

At Pittsfield Middle High School, students choose how they will show what they have learned.
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Student Voice

The Site Council: Empowering Students Through School Governance

Students have the majority vote on deciding school policy.
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Two teachers are facilitating a circle discussion with students.
Community Partnerships

A Town Helps Transform Its School

A low-performing rural school in New Hampshire reached out to the local community for help turning things around.
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