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Media Literacy

Turning Your Students Into Web Detectives

Five vetted resources students can use to separate truth from fiction online.
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An illustration of a pencil is erasing part of a maze.
Classroom Management

Why I Don’t Have Classroom Rules

A high school teacher tries a classroom management experiment thinking it will fail. Years later, he’s still at it.
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Students sit in a circle to mediate a difference as a teacher looks on.
School Climate

Suspensions Don’t Teach

Restorative practices—an alternative to punitive justice—keep kids in school, where they can learn how their behavior affects others.
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A team of students manages a school store together.
Service Learning

Promoting Empathy in Middle School

Diverse teams of students build a stronger school culture by working together on service projects to address community needs.
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Social and Emotional Learning

Creating Buy-In for SEL at Your School

Seven suggestions for getting others at your school on board with social and emotional learning.
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Learning Environments

Funding Your Flexible Classroom

Finding grants is hit or miss, so many teachers are using these techniques to raise money through crowdfunding.
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Creativity

Creativity on the Run: Apps That Support the Creative Process

Flashes of creative thought can be difficult for students to capture, so we rounded up a few apps that can help.
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Literacy

Alternatives to the 5 Paragraph Essay

While the standard essay format is a useful scaffold, it’s important to teach students other, more authentic kinds of writing as well.
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A bus driver greets students outside the bus.
Mental Health

Building Students’ Resilience on the Bus

Six strategies bus drivers can use to support students’ emotional self-regulation.
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Formative Assessment

Hit the Mark With Digital Media Exit Cards

Exit cards can be easy—and sometimes even fun—for students to create with a variety of digital tools.
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