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Curriculum Planning

Looking for ways to develop dynamic, compelling, and standards-based course content and activities? This is the place to start.

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  • How to Develop an Effective Math Intervention Program

    Engaging students in thought-provoking activities encourages them to grow in their mathematical understanding and identity.
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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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    Students generally feel less anxious and more excited to explore concepts when they connect the math they’re learning to real-life situations.
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  • Look Beyond the Struggle to Celebrate Black Achievement

    In addition to recognizing the civil rights movement, teachers can use Black History Month to call attention to the achievements of Black Americans in other areas.
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  • 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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  • 3 Reasons Why PBL Is an Effective Option For Teachers

    Project-based learning encourages student engagement and self-directed learning, and helps teachers make the best use of their time.
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  • Setting Up a Disability-Inclusive Curriculum

    Six strategies for making people with disabilities a part of your students’ diverse learning experiences.
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  • To Make the Parts of Speech Engaging, Have Students Do the Teaching

    Middle school language arts teachers can create an impactful grammar unit that emphasizes collaboration, research, and presentation skills.
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  • A Simple Tool for Aligning Instruction and Assessment

    This quick visual guide can help teachers ensure that their daily lessons align with their learning goals and assessments.
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    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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    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.
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  • A 4 Step Approach to Planning Collaborative Experiential Learning

    Teachers can guide high school students to be active participants in their learning by having them work together on authentic tasks.
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  • 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.
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    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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  • How A Teacher Turned His Classroom into a High Functioning Non-Profit

    This powerful PBL unit turned a ninth-grade classroom into a non-profit—complete with an accounting division, a full-fledged marketing team, and a well-attended fundraising event.
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