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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.

People gather at a table to celebrate Kwanzaa.
Curriculum Planning

Teaching About the Holidays in Public Schools

You can avoid controversial topics and still honor a diversity of holiday stories, characters, and rituals as symbols of positive values.
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Social Media

Using Emojis to Teach Critical Reading Skills

Use kids’ expertise with emojis to help them analyze texts more effectively.
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A class of high school students are writing in notebooks at their desks.

Using Graphic Organizers Correctly

It’s much more important for a student to practice writing -- the only way to build writing fluency -- than to fill in a graphic organizer completely or perfectly.
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A group of people participate in an anti-bullying rally.
Bullying Prevention

Successful Community Efforts to Prevent Bullying

The strongest anti-bullying campaigns include students, faculty, parents -- and the larger community as well.
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Paint brushes and jars of paint are on a black floor splattered with colorful paint.
Inquiry-Based Learning

Arts-Based Research: Surprise and Self-Motivation

Arts-based research is beginning an investigation without expectations and remaining open to all possibilities. Now imagine asking a ninth-grade class to deconstruct and recreate a Happy Meal.
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A teacher sits and talks with a student and her mother.
Family Engagement

Home Visits: A Powerful Family Engagement Tool

Visiting students and their families at home builds strong bonds of trust and understanding -- and impacts academic success.
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Graphic of a pencil eraser rubbing out the word "bullying."
Bullying Prevention

Resources to Fight Bullying and Harassment at School

Discover websites, organizations, articles, planning guides, lesson plans, and other resources dedicated to preventing bullying and harassment.
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A dad is sitting at the kitchen table with a laptop in front of him, looking at paper in his hand in frustration. His son is sitting behind him, looking at his phone.
Parent Partnership

5 Ways to Create a Strong Parent Partnership

A former middle school teacher and parent of a middle school student shares her regrets in hopes of helping other secondary school teachers avoid the same mistakes.
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A male teacher is leaning his head against a whiteboard, looking up in distress. A classroom of blurred out students are behind him, smiling and talking.
Teacher Development

Myth-Busting: "If I Just Had Better Students"

How to avoid falling into the trap of thinking student success has only to do with the students.
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A teacher and students sitting in a circle talk.
School Climate

Bringing Restorative Practices to Your School

Six lessons learned from replacing punitive discipline with a community-oriented, restorative approach.
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