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  • Is Class Participation Too Arbitrary to Grade Fairly?

    How one teacher quit “hanging a grade-based incentive over my students’ heads” and offered different, more inclusive ways for students to participate.
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  • Using Hand Signals for More Equitable Discussions

    Whether your class discussions are online or off, hand signals enable students to engage in multiple ways.
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  • How an Online Space for Student Art Builds Community

    When students can see and comment on the art created by their peers, they learn empathy and communication skills.
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    How Learning Happens

    In this video series, we explore how educators can guide all students, regardless of their developmental starting points, to become productive and engaged learners.
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  • Productive Classroom Debates on Sensitive Topics

    When teachers keep their own views in the background, they can guide students to explore their different views with empathy and respect.
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  • Reading Aloud Together, Across the Grade Levels

    When teachers read out loud to students, modeling the skills of good reading, it improves kids’ reading mastery.
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  • 4 Design Tips for Building Better Learning Materials

    4 Design Tips for Building Better Learning Materials

    Here's how to make your learning materials simple, clear, and consistent to help students focus on what is most important.
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  • Male student sitting outside writing in a notebook

    The Power of Short Writing Assignments

    Brief writing prompts and responses help students in any discipline.
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  • Teenage boy working on his laptop at home

    Using ‘Hexagonal Thinking’ to Deepen Classroom Conversations

    A novel activity using little more than geometric shapes can help students examine complex problems and connect big ideas.
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  • Morning Meetings: Building Community in the Classroom

    Starting the day with this 15-minute activity helps students regulate their emotions and focus on the day’s learning.
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  • Scaffolding Discussion Skills With a Socratic Circle

    Scaffolding Discussion Skills With a Socratic Circle

    Students deepen their understanding and build a sense of community by engaging with their peers’ reasoned arguments.
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  • Middle school students write at their desks

    How to Promote Strong Writing Skills in Social Studies

    Learning how to write well is essential for effective communication, and students benefit from getting a lot of practice in classes beyond English.
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  • High school hybrid classroom with student and teacher wearing masks

    A Model for Teaching World Languages in a Hybrid Classroom

    With some students in the room and some at home, how can teachers continue to focus on building speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills in the target language?
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  • 60-Second Strategy: Participation Cards

    60-Second Strategy: Participation Cards

    A quick formative assessment tool also encourages all students—even shy ones—to participate in discussions.
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  • 60-Second Strategy: 7-Minute Writes

    Looking for a simple way to get your students writing? Try a low-stakes timed exercise.
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