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  • Teaching Black History Year-Round Requires Rigorous Sight

    The vastness of the Black experience in America extends far beyond one month of the year.
    Rann Miller
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  • Class Reflection Activities to Close Out a Tough Year

    After a challenging year of pandemic schooling, these activities help students reflect on what they’ve learned and look forward to what’s coming next.
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  • Planning for Student Engagement

    Keeping middle school students actively learning in remote classes was tough. Some of the strategies teachers used will work well in the classroom.
    698
  • 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.
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  • 4 Ways to Build Student-Centered Math Lessons

    To help more kids thrive in math class, keep student identities in mind during the lesson planning stage.
    864
  • Through Ethnic Studies, Schools Push to Include Marginalized Perspectives

    Ethnic studies proponents say K–12 curriculum has remained largely Eurocentric and disconnected from the growing population of students of color in the U.S.
    599
  • Reprioritizing Standards for Middle and High School Students

    After a challenging year, focusing on social and emotional learning and vital standards may be the way forward.
    551
  • Building Student Agency by Collaborating on Learning Standards

    When students have a say in choosing driving and supporting standards for project-based learning units, they get invested in the outcomes.
    488
  • 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.
    11.9k
  • 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.
    51.7k
  • 4 Ways to Enrich World Language Classes

    Exploring complex cultural issues with students provides a sense of meaning that can inspire improvement in the target language.
    388
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    Creating a Culturally Responsive Math Curriculum for the Elementary Grades

    Seeking a curriculum to both engage and meet the needs of their students, math educators in St. Paul, Minnesota, built their own.
    2.2k
  • 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
  • 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.
    45.8k
  • 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.
    22.3k

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