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Social and Emotional Learning

The Cornerstone of Social and Emotional Learning

You can monitor your school’s SEL progress using these 10 guidelines.
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Young children work on literacy exercises with their teacher.
Literacy

3 Literacy Practices That Work

A literacy researcher shares three practices that are proven to be effective for early elementary learners.
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A few teenage students look at various ads and write responses on a handout.
Teacher Development

Teaching Kids to Argue—Respectfully

Tools and resources for teaching controversial topics and building students’ argumentation skills.
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Project-Based Learning

Getting Started With Project-Based Learning (Hint: Don’t Go Crazy)

A handful of tips to help teachers ease into PBL without getting overwhelmed.
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A teacher sits on a chair and reads to students sitting on the floor.
Literacy

A Community of Passionate Readers

Get elementary students more excited about reading with these easy-to-implement community literacy projects.
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Teacher Development

What Can We Do About Teacher Turnover?

Roughly 16 percent of teachers in the U.S. change jobs or leave the profession annually. Here are three ideas for reducing that number.
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Teaching Strategies

Keeping Learning Real, Relevant, and Relatable

Reading and writing exercises teachers can use to tap students’ interests and experiences in a variety of classes.
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Digital Citizenship

What Your Students Really Need to Know About Digital Citizenship

Ideas on how to guide students to the knowledge and experience they need to act responsibly online.
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A teacher uses counting blocks with two young students.
Teaching Strategies

More Talking in Math Class, Please

Talking about math helps elementary students deepen their understanding. Use these three tips to get the conversation started.
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Teacher Wellness

Are You at Risk for Secondary Traumatic Stress?

Teaching and caring for others—especially kids in trauma—can be difficult. Here are six strategies to help you take care of yourself.
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