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Social and Emotional Learning

Project Au-Some: Building Empathy and Collaboration

Through partnering with a preschool special ed class, fifth-grade students learned and taught their community about developmental disabilities, enhancing their own empathy in the process.
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Environmental Education

Connecting iGeneration to the Natural World

Ignite student passion for the natural world with fieldwork apps, turning your kids into citizen scientists who observe, hypothesize, identify, and share information about nature.
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A group of teachers are sitting in a conference room, looking towards someone at a podium and someone standing in front of a big screen. One man in the audience has his hand raised.
School Leadership

Five Ways to Increase Teacher Agency in Professional Development

We talk about student agency, but what about teacher agency?
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Education Trends

Doing More With Less: PD, Resources, and Ownership

Strategies for doing more with less include adequate PD around new technology, embracing mobile solutions, low-cost high tech, and expanding the ownership of school policy making.
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A short-haired, blond female teacher in a pink shirt and black blouse is sitting next to a brunette teenager girl, helping her study.
Classroom Management

Getting Curious (Not Furious) With Students

When teachers get curious instead of furious, they don't take the student's behavior personally, and they don't act on anger. They respond to student behaviors rather than react to them.
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School Climate

Infusing the Basics With the Spirit of Innovation

Your school can innovate without sacrificing the foundations of education by utilizing teachers' strong suits, embedding innovative practices, empowering students to lead, and engaging families.
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Teacher Wellness

Teachers: Move On Before You Burn Out

Have you moved on in order to keep from burning out? Have you changed a subject or grade you taught, or even your school? Sometimes this is the best choice.
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Project-Based Learning

Constructive Thinking and the Perfect Fixer-Upper

High school students can take a class that, through a joint effort by their school district and community, lets them redesign and remodel a house.
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Five young elementary students are sitting around a six-sided table in a classroom. They're all wearing headphones and playing on iPads. A female teacher is assisting one of them.
Education Trends

Create a Startup Culture in Your Classroom

Through use of classroom space, intentional course design and scheduling, and building "brand" identity, teachers can create a startup culture of empowerment and innovation for their students.
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5-Minute Film Festival

5-Minute Film Festival: Learning with Rube Goldberg Machines

Building a Rube Goldberg machine is a great way for kids to explore engineering and build teamwork skills. We've gathered a collection of videos to inspire and encourage learning from these elaborate and comical machines.
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