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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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Literacy

The Benefits of Reading for Pleasure

Reading for fun has numerous lifelong benefits, and we have ideas for how you can promote this habit among your students.
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Social and Emotional Learning

The Power of Being Seen

How well do you know your students? In a Nevada school, a simple strategy pushes teachers to look beyond the lessons.
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Classroom Management

Circling Up for Community Building

Restorative practices are used as an alternative to punishment, but these group circles also work to foster a sense of community.
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Inquiry-Based Learning

Inquiry and the Research Process

Tips for ensuring that your students’ research fosters genuine inquiry.
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English-Language Learners

Supporting Students With Interrupted Educations

Four strategies for helping students who have missed portions of their schooling—and examples of how teachers are using these strategies.
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Growth Mindset

The Importance of Academic Courage

Courage exists in math as much as in mountain climbing, and students can develop the courage to tackle academic and life challenges.
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Project-Based Learning

5 PBL Pitfalls to Avoid

Project-based learning is powerful but complex, so we have solutions to some common problems teachers may encounter.
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Rubrics

6 Reasons to Try a Single-Point Rubric

A format that provides students with personalized feedback and works to keep them from focusing solely on their grade.
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Design Thinking

Using Design Principles to Build a Culture of Innovation

With two design thinking practices, you can make small, iterative changes to foster a creative culture in your school or classroom.
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Brain-Based Learning

Quick Classroom Exercises to Combat Stress

These brain breaks and focused-attention practices can help students cope with stress and trauma and focus on their learning.
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