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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.

Teaching Strategies

Critique Protocol: Helping Students Produce High-Quality Work

Your students can improve their work by recognizing the strengths and weaknesses in the work of others.
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Lesson Plans

3 Ways Lesson Plans Flop—and How to Recover

Tips on how to reach your teaching goal when your initial plan fails.
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Arts Integration

Using the Arts to Synthesize Student Understanding

Arts integration is more than an afterthought. You can use the arts to both meet your arts standards and deepen academic learning.
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Teacher Development

The Power of Vulnerability in Professional Development

Sharing your students' work with your peers fuels incredible professional growth.
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Critical Thinking

4 Tips on Teaching Problem Solving (From a Student)

A student shares her insights into the most important skill you can teach. (Hint: It’s not perseverance.)
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Teacher Wellness

4 Powerful Mindsets for Turning Stress Into a Positive Force

Kelly McGonigal—Stanford psychologist, award-winning teacher, and author of the book The Upside of Stress—shares ideas for avoiding burnout and boosting resilience.
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School Leadership

Process Improvement in the Substitute Teacher Office

Administrators can practice the technique of process improvement by starting with just one task—sourcing substitutes.
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Teacher Wellness

Why I’ll Keep Teaching, Despite the Hardships

A special education teacher reflects on leaving Chicago Public Schools.
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Classroom Technology

Using Technology in Your Humanities Classroom

When to use computers and internet resources—and when not to.
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Pause, Refocus, Assess: Meditation in the Classroom

As a classroom practice, meditation can help students strengthen their self-regulation and their focus on coursework. It also boosts their overall health, reduces negative feelings, and fosters compassion.
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