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  • Students in high school science class do an experiment with help from tablet

    How to Develop Students’ Science Media Literacy

    Lessons on how science-related topics are presented in the media prepare students to make informed judgments about what they read.
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  • Building Relationships With Empathy Maps

    Building Relationships With Empathy Maps

    Use this simple visual tool to make better instructional decisions with your students' strengths and needs in mind.
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    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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    The Importance of Student Choice Across All Grade Levels

    When students get to make decisions about their learning, it can be powerfully motivating.
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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.
    803
  • 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
  • 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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  • 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.
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  • Incorporating Social Justice in the Curriculum

    A framework based on interdisciplinary experiential learning can help teachers approach issues of injustice with middle and high school students.
    424
  • 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.
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    4 Ways to Incorporate More Asian American Perspectives Into the Curriculum

    If all students learn is how Chinese workers built the railroads and how Japanese Americans were interned in World War II, they’re missing a lot.
    271
  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
    22.9k

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