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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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College Readiness

Teaching the College Essay

Your students can write argumentative essays, but they need additional guidance to produce standout personal narratives.
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Literacy

Using Find and Replace as a Writing Tool

This simple tool can highlight word and punctuation choices to help developing writers examine the mechanics of their writing.
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Learning Environments

A 7th Grade Teacher’s Shift to Flexible Seating

In her continuing efforts to improve her teaching, a middle school teacher moved from reworking the curriculum to updating her room.
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A female teacher and twelve-year-old girl are standing, smiling, and looking at a daily planner together.
Teacher Development

Easing the Shift From Elementary to Middle School

A few ways teachers can help new middle schoolers—and their families—cope with this big change.
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Coding in the Classroom

Coding Across the Curriculum

With these apps and games, you can work coding lessons into any subject and any grade from early elementary through 12th.
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A young girl cheats by looking at another student’s work.
The Research Is In

A Troubling Side Effect of Praise

Young students who are praised for being smart are more likely to cheat, a new study finds.
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Two students work together on a math problem on a whiteboard.
Critical Thinking

Building a Thinking Classroom in Math

Over more than a decade, the author has developed a 14-point plan for encouraging students to engage deeply with math content.
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Teacher Wellness

Building Resilience, Preventing Burnout

Whether you’re a new teacher or a veteran, try these tips for taking care of yourself and staying energized throughout the school year.
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