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Rebecca Alber

Edutopia Consulting Editor

  • Instructor at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education
  • Literacy specialist
  • Consulting editor at Edutopia
  • Compulsive reader
  • Passionate about learning being relevant, engaging, and revolutionary
  • Dips into the Pacific as often as possible

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  • Technology Integration

    Using Video Content to Amplify Learning

    New teachers often struggle with finding multiple ways for students to access course content, and video clips can help.
  • Literacy

    Keep the Low-Stakes Writing Flowing

    Teachers may be tempted to move away from quick writes as the year progresses, but these exercises have benefits for students.
  • Literacy

    Getting Out of the Essay Rut

    Alternative writing assignments can be just as rigorous as the traditional essay and can spark young writers’ creativity.
  • Curriculum Planning

    5 Highly Effective Teaching Practices

    We teachers are always looking to innovate, so, yes, it's essential that we try new things to add to our pedagogical bag of tricks. But it's important to focus on purpose and intentionality -- and not on quantity. So what really matters more than "always trying something new" is the reason behind why we do what we do.
  • Teacher Wellness

    When Teachers Experience Empathic Distress

    Mindfulness and compassion are effective self-care strategies for teachers who work with students who routinely experience trauma.
  • Classroom Management

    5 Quick Classroom-Management Tips for Novice Teachers

    When it comes to managing a classroom, most of what we learn as new teachers is trial by fire. It's also smart to heed the advice of those who have walked -- and stumbled -- before you. If you are struggling with discipline, here are five tips that you can start using right away.
  • Back to School

    Relationships Matter More Than Rules

    Community building in the classroom starts on day one. Try these strategies to begin forging strong relationships.
  • Teacher Leadership

    6 Scaffolding Strategies to Use With Your Students

    Support every student by breaking learning up into chunks and providing a concrete structure for each.
  • Assessment

    3 Ways Student Data Can Inform Your Teaching

    Gather and use valuable student data to inform your classroom practice.
  • New Teachers

    6 Opening and Closing Routines for New Teachers

    Check for understanding, manage your students, and build classroom community with these six opening and closing classroom routines.
  • Teacher Leadership

    Doing It Differently: Tips for Teaching Vocabulary

    Tips for teaching vocabulary that include letting students select the words, putting away dictionaries, and creating time for talk and play with new terms.
  • Student Engagement

    5 Powerful Questions Teachers Can Ask Students

    Many would agree that for inquiry to be alive and well in a classroom that, amongst other things, the teacher needs to be expert at asking strategic questions. With that in mind, if you are a new teacher or perhaps not so new but know that question-asking is an area where you'd like to grow, start tomorrow with these five ideas.
  • Classroom Management

    Rules and Routines in the Classroom

    An argument for keeping hard rules to a minimum.
  • Social and Emotional Learning

    Kindness: A Lesson Plan

    Classroom activities and resources for developing a vital character trait.
  • Classroom Management

    20 Tips for Creating a Safe Learning Environment

    I visit a lot of classrooms. And I'm always fascinated by the variety of ways teachers launch the new school year and also with how they "run their rooms" on a daily basis. From these visits and my own experiences as an instructor, I'd like to offer my top 20 suggestions for keeping your classroom a safe, open, and inviting place to learn.