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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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An Academic Use for Social Media

You can leverage micro-writing—tweets, Instagram posts, and the like—to help students improve their communication and writing skills.
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PBL Planning

In Search of the Driving Question

Coming up with the driving question in project-based learning is often the hard part, so we’ve got some ideas to help you craft a great one.
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Collaborative Learning

Start the Year With Collaboration

Try these effective strategies for having students participate in group work from the very beginning of the school year.
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Media Literacy

Teaching Adolescents How to Evaluate the Quality of Online Information

Use these strategies to help middle and high school students identify relevance, accuracy, bias, and reliability in the content they read.
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Brain-Based Learning

The Lowdown on Longhand

Taking notes by hand helps students form deeper connections to information than they do when using a laptop.
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Learning Environments

8 Tips and Tricks to Redesign Your Classroom

A classroom designer walks you through the process of redesigning your room, with videos to inspire you.
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Lesson Plans

A Math Framework for Multiple Grade Levels

Using simple images, the Splat! lessons teach a range of math concepts at different levels of difficulty. Download 50 free lessons.
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Learning Environments

Flexible Classrooms: Assembly Required

Seating, storage, lighting, and tables—we cover what you need, where to get it, and how much it costs.
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Powerful Graphic Novels for Middle School

Great for readers of all literacy levels, these nine nonfiction titles work in English language arts, social studies, and science classes.
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New Teachers

A Phone Call Home Makes All the Difference

You don’t have to reserve phone calls to parents for bad news. Try these tips to deepen communication and trust with families.
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