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  • I Let Students Choose Their Grading Criteria, and Here’s How It Went

    When students have a say in the assessment of their work, they find more enjoyment in demonstrating their knowledge.
    Amy Szczepanski
  • Exploring Before Explaining Sparks Learning

    New elementary science teachers can build student engagement and enhance learning by using the explore-before-explain approach.
  • Assessing Learning Based on Skills

    When student skills are the driving force behind proficiency scales, assessments provide a road map to success.
  • Setting Up Choice Boards in Math and Science

    Letting high school students choose how they take notes in math and science classes can get them to engage more deeply with the content.
  • An illustration of the inside of a mind while writing

    Why Students Should Write in All Subjects

    Writing improves learning by consolidating information in long-term memory, researchers explain. Plus, five engaging writing activities to use in all subjects.
  • Encouraging Collaboration With a Scientists Circle

    This routine creates an equitable structure for sharing out ideas, questions, or evidence in science class—and helps ensure every student takes part.
  • Meet ‘ChemBot’: How to Design a Personalized GPT Tutor

    The PROMPT framework helps teachers construct scaffolded GPT prompts to build their own AI classroom assistants.
  • Teaching the Concept of Equity Through Gardening

    Plants can illustrate how different people need different things to be nourished—and how equality and equity differ.
  • Designing Science Inquiry: Claim + Evidence + Reasoning = Explanation

    The Claim, Evidence, Reasoning framework is a scaffolded way to teach the scientific method.
  • Leveraging Learning Teams in Middle School Science

    A collaborative approach to group projects centers students’ strengths and can extend their comfort zones.
  • Using Science News Events to Create Engaging Lessons

    Developing a bit of a mystery for students to explore when teaching new developments in science can really build engagement in learning.
  • How to Use the 5E Model in Your Science Classroom

    An inquiry-focused method gives students a way to connect scientific ideas to their experiences and apply their learning.
  • Shifting From Linear Learning to a Spiral Approach in Science

    Repeated exposure to important concepts helps students retain more information and think deeper about the material they’re studying.
  • Bringing Math and Physics to Life With a Model Car Derby

    Giving students a design challenge—and a compelling reason to delve into complex engineering—makes them more engaged, motivated, and committed to deepening their own understanding.
  • Reinventing AP Courses With Rigorous Project-Based Learning

    A new study shows that when implemented well, AP courses built around project-based learning can raise test scores for all students, including those in traditionally underserved demographics.

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