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Brain-Based Learning

Creating Safety and Attachment for Students With Trauma

Students with traumatic experiences bring those experiences with them to school. These strategies can help foster a feeling of safety.
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Creativity

4 Myths About Creativity

A new book argues that everyone can be creative—and that creativity can be taught.
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Classroom Technology

11 Essentials for Excellent Digital Portfolios

Guiding your students to get the most out of digital portfolios takes careful planning, and we have ideas to help you get started.
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Middle school students discuss math problems written on a blackboard.
Teaching Strategies

Teaching High-Level Math to Young Students

Middle school students worked through problems beyond their grade level when the teacher didn’t tell them it was high school math.
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Literacy

Journaling the Old-School Way

In a class where every student has a laptop, there’s still an argument to be made for keeping a pen-and-paper journal.
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Community Partnerships

The Big List of Educational Grants and Resources

Get a roundup of educational grants, contests, awards, free toolkits, and classroom guides aimed at helping students, classrooms, schools, and communities. Check this page weekly to get the latest updates!
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Classroom Management

6 Strategies for Promoting Student Autonomy

These techniques foster independence and show students how to help themselves—and their peers—understand and complete tasks.
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Project-Based Learning

Using the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals

Project-based learning with these guidelines from the United Nations gives students a local and global focus for their work.
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Classroom Management

5 Principles of Outstanding Classroom Management

When we asked our community for their best classroom management practices, over 700 ideas rolled in.
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Classroom Technology

3 Tools for Creating Digital Portfolios

Digital portfolios aren’t just a way to archive work—they’re also an excellent vehicle for students to reflect on their growth and learning.
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