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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.

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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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Coding in the Classroom

Coding Across the Curriculum

With these apps and games, you can work coding lessons into any subject and any grade from early elementary through 12th.
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The Research Is In

A Troubling Side Effect of Praise

Young students who are praised for being smart are more likely to cheat, a new study finds.
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Two students work together on a math problem on a whiteboard.
Critical Thinking

Building a Thinking Classroom in Math

Over more than a decade, the author has developed a 14-point plan for encouraging students to engage deeply with math content.
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Teacher Wellness

Building Resilience, Preventing Burnout

Whether you’re a new teacher or a veteran, try these tips for taking care of yourself and staying energized throughout the school year.
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Four adults sit in front of a circle of students—one adult instructs and the other three observe.
Teacher Development

The Power of Admitting What We Don’t Know

When you’re teaching a new subject or age group, use these six tips to tackle what you don’t know—and leverage what you do.
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Instructional Coaching

Coaching the Veteran Teacher

Guiding teachers who have years of experience takes sensitivity and a willingness to learn from them at the same time.
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Mental Health

Trauma-Informed Practices Benefit All Students

These practices can help kids build coping skills and self-efficacy—which are helpful whether they’ve experienced trauma or not.
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Girls play a math game on their iPads.
Game-Based Learning

Building a Sense of Community—With Math

MathMobs are friendly competitions that tap into students’ motivation to play to engage them in math.
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Game-Based Learning

Gamifying Your World Language Classes

Online quiz programs weren’t designed for world language classes, so we have five tips for keeping students focused on the target language.
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