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  • How to Develop a Grade-Wide PBL Unit

    Teachers can collaborate to create a student-centered project that focuses on multiple content areas.
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  • 5 Key Building Blocks of Effective Core Instruction

    A simple framework can help administrators outline the essential elements of quality core Tier 1 instruction.
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    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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    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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  • Using Comics and Graphic Novels to Support Literacy

    Nontraditional books can help students make connections to content at the word level and deepen understanding by providing visual context.
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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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    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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  • 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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  • 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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    Kindness: A Lesson Plan

    Classroom activities and resources for developing a vital character trait.
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    What Is Your Educational Philosophy?

    While lesson planning this summer, educators might also take time to reflect on their core beliefs about learning and teaching.
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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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