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  • Howie Hua and the Joy of Math

    From deemphasizing the singular pursuit of “right answers” to focusing on process and beauty, how a math influencer is changing hearts and minds.
    Paige Tutt
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  • Exploring Before Explaining Sparks Learning

    New elementary science teachers can build student engagement and enhance learning by using the explore-before-explain approach.
  • The Benefits of Using Choice Boards in Math

    How math choice boards can enable new elementary teachers to meet the needs of their individual learners while employing mathematical rigor.
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    8 Proactive Classroom Management Tips

    New teachers—and experienced ones too—can find ideas here on how to stop disruptive behavior before it begins.
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  • 34 Ways to Quiet a Rambunctious Class

    From “Silent 20” to imaginary marshmallows, these teacher-tested strategies for all grade levels can help you snap an unruly classroom back to attention.
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  • How Tone of Voice Shapes Your Classroom Culture

    It’s no easy task, but developing your tone of voice can build trust, reduce conflict, and set the stage for more learning in your classroom, research shows.
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    How Novice and Expert Teachers Approach Classroom Management Differently

    A 2021 study reveals the ways in which new and experienced teachers think about discipline—plus 6 takeaways for managing your classroom effectively this year.
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  • 22 Unexpectedly Effective Teaching Hacks

    Teachers across the country share the most useful teaching tips they’ve learned—everything from the utility of Velcro to the power of periodically faking amnesia.
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  • 4 Ways to Mentor Student Teachers

    Supervising teachers can use a structured approach to share their insights into the profession and set new teachers up for success.
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  • 7 Attention-Getters to Use Instead of Raising Your Voice

    These visual and audio cues can help middle and high school teachers quickly get students back on track.
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    7 Classroom Management Mistakes—and the Research on How to Fix Them

    Whether our emotions get the best of us, or we fall into familiar but unproductive habits, here are 7 common classroom management mistakes, and what the research suggests you should do instead.
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  • Simplifying Classroom Management for New Teachers

    From brain breaks to simple surveys, here’s a toolkit of teacher-tested classroom management strategies designed for novice educators.
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  • 14 Essential Reads for New Teachers

    We asked educators in our community to share the most important books they’d recommend to the next generation of teachers. Here are their top picks.
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  • 7 Zones Every Middle School Classroom Should Have

    Setting up and organizing a classroom environment with more intention can help maximize the space for student engagement—and learning.
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    19 Big and Small Classroom Management Strategies

    Successful classroom management relies on a handful of fundamental strategies and a larger number of quick interventions.
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