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  • High school students collaborate in math class

    Creating Opportunities for Project-Based Learning in Math

    Rigorous PBL units in middle and high school math answer the age-old student question: “When am I ever going to need this?”
    Kristen Moore
    242
  • Two high school students work on science project designing wind turbine

    Climate Justice Projects Combine Science and Citizenship

    Schools and districts can help students make connections between course content, environmental issues, and public policy.
    131
  • 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.
    502
  • 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 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
  • 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.
    51.1k
  • 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.
    653
  • lllustration concept for covid science experiments

    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.
    435
  • 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.
    53k
  • 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.
    2.4k
  • 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.
    1.9k
  • 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.
    21.9k

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