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Arts Integration

Setting the Stage for Arts Integration

A school in Louisiana got a start on developing a standards-aligned, arts-integrated curriculum by building a puppet theater.
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A girl works on a Spanish exercise on a blackboard.
Global Education

Authentic Activities for the World Language Classroom

More than 30 exercises to keep your students engaged and learning.
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Neat rows of desks fill a classroom.
Learning Environments

Rebooting Industrial Era Seating

Two educators present ideas for transforming our classrooms to meet the challenges of the future in this excerpt from their new book.
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A student confidently speaks to her class as her teacher smiles in the background.
Brain-Based Learning

Overcoming the Principle of Least Effort

Humans naturally try to get by with minimal work. Here are a few simple ways to push your students to think harder.
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A teacher reads aloud to students.
Literacy

8 Tips for Teaching With Mentor Texts

Using great writing as a model doesn’t come naturally to students—it’s a skill that needs to be taught.
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Teenage female student stands at a microphone speaking to a crowd.
PBL Planning

Project-Based Learning in Colombia

An American educator reports on how the South American nation is using PBL.
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A young boy is standing in an empty cement building. He's playing with a flying, remote-operated drone.
Technology Integration

Drones Can Be Fun—and Educational

Check out a variety of ways schools might use drones as a teaching tool.
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Two girls work together on a science project.
Project-Based Learning

PBL and STEAM Education: A Natural Fit

Using project-based learning in science, technology, engineering, art, and math classes is a way to solve problems in real-world contexts.
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Students work in groups to remember their year of learning.
Creativity

A Powerful Way to End the School Year

Year mapping allows students to see what they’ve learned in your class, and it’s a great resource for your incoming class.
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photograph of a teacher and students smiling
Social and Emotional Learning

Supporting Kids Through Times of Change

Ten ways to help children cope with tough transitions in school—whether you’re their teacher or their parent.
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