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  • Planning Lessons With the Student Experience in Mind

    Providing students with clear directions and easy-to-navigate content is especially important during distance learning.
    Sarah Kesty
  • Children putting on a puppet show at home

    5 Home Learning Experiences for the Elementary Grades 

    Activities that incorporate speaking and listening, reading and writing, math, music, science, art, and drama—and are parent-friendly.
  • Deepening Learning With Understanding by Design

    Learners benefit when teachers intentionally plan their units backward—starting with the desired outcome.
  • Two teenagers are sitting at a table with a laptop, one is holding a cell phone charger and the other is holding a cell phone, connecting it to a white wire.

    22 Powerful Closure Activities

    Quick activities that can be used to check for understanding or emphasize key information at the end of a lesson.
  • 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.
  • 5 Powerful Questions Teachers Can Ask Students

    Many would agree that for inquiry to be alive and well in a classroom that, amongst other things, the teacher needs to be expert at asking strategic questions. With that in mind, if you are a new teacher or perhaps not so new but know that question-asking is an area where you'd like to grow, start tomorrow with these five ideas.
  • Young girl lying down, smiling, in the grass with heart-shaped globe above her head.

    Kindness: A Lesson Plan

    Classroom activities and resources for developing a vital character trait.
  • Photograph of a student recording another student with a smart phone.

    Breaking the Ice With Student-Made Videos

    Combining the six-word memoir with a film containing six shots gives students a way to introduce themselves at the beginning of the year.
  • Kids build houses out of graham crackers in the author’s class.

    The Great Gingerbread House Project

    Keeping fourth graders engaged in math in the run-up to winter break is easier with this sweet project.
  • Designing Science Inquiry: Claim + Evidence + Reasoning = Explanation

    The Claim, Evidence, Reasoning framework is a scaffolded way to teach the scientific method.
  • Bell Ringer Exercises

    Because of pressure to teach bell-to-bell, many classrooms now start with bell work—short exercises that students complete while the instructor handles attendance and other administrative chores. I’ve collected several creative, practical, and entertaining exercises that can function as bell ringers or sponge activities.
  • 22 Simple Ideas for Harnessing Creativity in the Elementary Classroom

    Look through the door of one classroom and you might see the students hunched over, not engaged, even frowning. Look through the door of another classroom, and you might see a room full of lively students, eager, engaged and participating. What is the second teacher doing that the first one isn't? He or she is using creativity in that classroom.
  • A group of students are sitting at their desks in class, listening to their teacher speak.

    Creative Ways to Grade and Provide Feedback for Students

    Students need feedback often and creating a system by rubber stamping work can provide visible and immediate proof of student progress.
  • Six preteen students are standing on their classroom desks, smiling, and one student is sitting.

    Building Staff Rapport With Flash Lessons

    A hands-on administrator asks teachers to become students for a class period and, at his prompting, model trust, academic risk taking, and camaraderie.
  • Graphic of curriculum on a bookshelf

    New Teachers: Lesson and Curriculum Planning

    A collection of curriculum-planning tips, guidance, and other resources to help new teachers plan effective activities, lessons, and units.

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