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    Science Lessons That Tap Into Student Curiosity About COVID-19

    Teaching about coronavirus can make learning more relevant while helping students cope with feelings of uncertainty and instability.
    Hoa P. Nguyen
    156
  • Eighth graders read books in while sitting their desks in class

    Connecting Content to Students’ Lives to Boost Engagement

    To effectively collaborate and problem-solve, students need to develop a greater understanding of themselves and others.
    363
  • A photo collage of Angela Davis, Web DuBois, Sojourner Truth, Alain LeRoy Locke, Frantz Fanon, and bell hooks

    4 Black Philosophers to Teach Year-Round

    Weaving philosophy lessons into your curriculum can tease out bigger questions about identity, human rights, and artistic expression. 
    1.8k
  • Children playing with pine cones in forest

    Why Learning at Home Should Be More Self-Directed—and Less Structured

    On March 18, 2020, Simone Kern tweeted that simply “recreating schools at home” passes up a golden opportunity to engage kids in authentic, self-directed learning.
    31.1k
  • Teacher leading a virtual lesson in her empty classroom

    Rethinking Homework for This Year—and Beyond

    A schoolwide effort to reduce homework has led to a renewed focus on ensuring that all work assigned really aids students’ learning.
    5.4k
  • Illustration concept for planning during uncertain times

    How to Plan When You Don’t Know What to Plan For

    What school will look like in the fall is still uncertain for most of the U.S., but teachers can develop flexible plans that work for distance and in-class teaching.
    11.8k
  • A young woman reads a heavily annotated book.

    6 Techniques for Building Reading Skills—in Any Subject

    Students need good reading skills not just in English but in all classes. Here are some ways you can help them develop those skills.
    51k
  • Teacher speaking to middle school classs using touch screen

    7 Books That Give Students an Inclusive Look at United States History

    These books explore history from the perspective of marginalized groups such as BIPOC and members of the LGBTQ community.
    2.3k
  • Science teacher talks to high school class

    Weaving Social Justice Into Science Instruction

    Shedding light on inequity in science fields bolsters students’ critical thinking skills and sense of self-efficacy in science. A free curriculum helps teachers get started.
    1.8k
  • Teacher standing in front of class with students' hands raised

    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.
    53.3k
  • Map showing distribution of Native American tribes before colonization

    Providing Deeper Context in Lessons on Indigenous Peoples

    Teachers planning lessons on Native Americans can paint a fuller and more accurate picture with carefully curated resources.
    3k
  • Adolescent girl doing homework.

    What’s the Right Amount of Homework?

    Decades of research show that homework has some benefits, especially for students in middle and high school—but there are risks to assigning too much.
    21.7k
  • 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
  • Student takes a photo of their school work with their phone

    How Teachers Can Use Pedagogical Documentation for Reflection and Planning

    Students generate a lot of documents that show their thinking, and teachers can use that evidence of learning to improve future lessons.
    966
  • A teacher facilitating discussion between students in a psychology class

    The Benefits of a High School Psychology Class

    Students gain not just social and emotional learning skills but academic ones like how to conduct and analyze research.
    10k

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