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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.

Student Engagement

Student-Centered Learning: Building Agency and Engagement

Peek inside a high school where teachers act as facilitators and students are directors of their own learning.
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Learning Environments

The Sensory Room: Helping Students With Autism Focus and Learn

Imagine a safe space where students with autism can go to calm their bodies and then get back to the business of learning.
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Technology Integration

Tech Buddies: Building Technology Skills Through Peer Teaching

See the learning on both sides when fifth graders teach computer skills to first graders.
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A teacher and students work on tablet computers.
Formative Assessment

Tech-Based Formative Assessment

Check for understanding in a meaningful and sustainable way with these assessment tools.
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A boy works on a math problem.
Critical Thinking

What Would Happen If Students Assigned Their Own Math Homework?

Instead of a set of 20 questions, use this framework to have your students create their own homework based on their needs and interests.
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Culturally Responsive Teaching

Sparking Engagement With Hip-Hop

An introduction to a culturally responsive pedagogy, with examples of how to use hip-hop across the curriculum—including in math class.
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An illustration of a cluster of angry speech bubbles.
Bullying Prevention

How to Respond When Students Use Hate Speech

Some activities for creating a healthy classroom culture.
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Students sitting on basketball court smiling
Student Wellness

5-Minute Film Festival: Making the Case for PE

Explore ways to get moving with your students and to advocate for physical education at your school.
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A group of students working on a project
Project-Based Learning

Learning by Doing: Students Write a Guide to Teen Psychology

Eighth graders at the author’s school taught themselves psychology by writing their own primer on the topic.
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A teacher and students in starting position to sprint
Student Wellness

5 Fun Gym Games to Get Kids Moving

Use these games to engage even the students who don’t usually like to run.
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