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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.

Project-Based Learning

Projects That Have Been Put to the Test

A team of researchers created and tested four social studies units that improved achievement among students in high-poverty schools. See how they did it—and download their curriculum.
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Project-Based Learning

New Study Shows the Impact of PBL on Student Achievement

Researchers in Michigan show that project-based learning in high-poverty communities can produce statistically significant gains in social studies and informational reading.
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Collaborative Learning

Deeper Learning: A Collaborative Classroom Is Key

Teach students how to listen and ask good questions with these exercises designed to scaffold deep, meaningful collaboration.
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Teacher Wellness

Teachers: Summer Reading to Cultivate Your Emotional Resilience

Immerse yourself in these books to renew yourself for the coming school year.
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Education Equity

Meeting the Needs of Students With ADHD

Steps you can take to foster greater productivity, order, and calm for these learners.
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Project-Based Learning

Fostering Confident Problem Solvers

How one teacher uses project-based learning to empower her students to see themselves as agents of change in society.
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Social and Emotional Learning

Social and Emotional Learning Research Review: Annotated Bibliography

Dig deeper into the specific articles, studies, and reports included in our social emotional research review.
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Social and Emotional Learning

Social and Emotional Learning Research Review

Numerous research reports show that social and emotional learning (SEL) can have a positive impact on students' academic performance. Edutopia's SEL research review explores those reports and helps make sense of the results.
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Student Engagement

Fire Up Your Class With Student-Interest Surveys

What interests your students? Ask them, and then incorporate it into your curriculum. These tips will get you started.
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Teacher Leadership

Sharing Your Best Work With Other Teachers

Eight ways you can share lessons or other great ideas with fellow teachers everywhere.
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