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Interest-Based Learning

Genius Hour in Elementary School

A teacher shares what she did and what she learned when she implemented Genius Hour in her fifth-grade class.
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Students use tablets for formative assessment while a teacher in the foreground leads them.
Formative Assessment

5 Classroom Tools to Measure Student Learning

Formative assessment is a snap with games and other tools that let you see how students answer questions and review material.
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A girl plays hopscotch, unconsciously drawing on natural math capabilities.
Teaching Strategies

The Brain Is Wired for Math—Sort Of

Symbolic math can be hard to grasp, so we have tips to help you build on the natural math sense your kids already have.
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Students collaborate on an environmental project.
Project-Based Learning

Helping Students Become Engaged Citizens

Project ideas to help your students realize the impact they can have on their community and beyond.
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Four crumpled balls of paper and a lit light bulb illustrate the idea that success comes after failures.
Social and Emotional Learning

A Classroom Full of Risk Takers

State teachers of the year explain how they make students feel safe enough to take risks—and then push them to do so.
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School Leadership

The ‘No’ in ‘Innovate’

Selecting new initiatives is important for administrators and teachers—but so is refusing to take on too much.
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Teaching Strategies

This Is What Math Looks Like

Whether they’re in kindergarten or calculus, students can use simulations to see the math.
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Brain-Based Learning

The Neuroscience of Narrative and Memory

Delivering content—in any class—through a story has positive effects on your students’ information retention.
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The Missing Autistic Girls

In the past two decades, autism diagnoses have soared—but new research shows that girls have frequently been overlooked, leaving them without crucial support.
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An angry-looking teacher stands with her hands on her hips beside two students.
Classroom Management

Responding to Disruptive Students

Negative attention doesn’t help difficult students change their ways, but teachers can alter classroom dynamics through this exercise.
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