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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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Building Vocabulary Through Fun and Games

Since students become very engaged in games, you can use play in your coursework to help deepen students’ understanding of key terms.
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Professional Development

10 Simple Strategies for Creating a Better PD Program

Peer observation can be used as free, ongoing, effective professional development—and can draw faculty closer together.
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Assistive Technology

Using Technology to Empower Students With Special Needs

One of the biggest problems I encounter as a resource room teacher is the self-esteem of the students in my classes. After years of disappointing academic experiences, their confidence is low and their motivation has declined. Combine those points...
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Brain-Based Learning

The Teenage Brain Is Wired to Learn—So Make Sure Your Students Know It

Thanks to the wonders of neuroplasticity, adolescents are primed to improve their performance in school—and beyond. Here’s how to help.
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Career and Technical Education

Preparing Students With Cognitive Impairments for the Job World

Try simulating the situations these students will encounter at work.
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Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology: Resource Roundup

Discover websites, blog posts, articles, and videos related to understanding, selecting, and assessing assistive technology.
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Service Learning

What the Heck Is Service Learning?

Here's a simple definition for service learning with details and resources for planning a unit.
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Global Education

Pen Pals 2.0: Can Technology Foster Global Tolerance?

Schools all over the world are using digital tools to help students collaborate and build cultural understanding with distant peers.
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Education Equity

School Leaders: Having Conversations About Equity

Faculty discussions on race and equity can get uncomfortable and emotional—and that's okay.
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Teaching Strategies

Hoist the Sails: The Great Quest for a Play-Based Classroom

By integrating play into your classroom culture and curriculum, you can engage students' senses and pique their curiosity while infusing content through tangible, shareable activities.
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