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Communication Skills

Prepare students for academic and life success by helping them develop their listening, speaking, writing, and digital media skills.

  • Developing Better Writers

    Strengthening students’ writing skills means carving out dedicated time for cycles of productive feedback and revision.
    Sarah Gonser
  • Students have discussion in circle in school

    Strengthening Student Relationships Through Oral Storytelling

    Storytelling, an age-old practice, offers a window into students’ personal experiences and an opportunity to connect more deeply as a class.
  • 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.
    2.1k
  • Using Hand Signals for More Equitable Discussions

    Whether your class discussions are online or off, hand signals enable students to engage in multiple ways.
    30.6k
  • Teacher works with young children to take apart a computer.

    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.
    21k
  • Male student sitting outside writing in a notebook

    The Power of Short Writing Assignments

    Brief writing prompts and responses help students in any discipline.
    12.3k
  • 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.
    3.5k
  • 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?
    2k
  • 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.
    17.6k
  • 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.
    11.9k
  • 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.
    10k
  • 60-Second Strategy: 7-Minute Writes

    Looking for a simple way to get your students writing? Try a low-stakes timed exercise.
    22.2k
  • 60-Second Strategy: Equity Sticks

    60-Second Strategy: Equity Sticks

    Looking for a simple way to ensure all voices are heard in your classroom? Try equity sticks.
    13.3k
  • Middle school students discuss project in small group

    5 Ways to Promote Healthy Discourse During Project-Based Learning

    Encouraging middle and high school students to talk through differences of opinion can make for stronger projects and greater learning gains.
    845
  • Creating a Schoolwide Culture of Critique

    Creating a Schoolwide Culture of Critique

    A framework called six thinking hats helps students learn the essential skill of giving and receiving feedback.
    2.6k

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