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    Teachers—on Making Room for the New Kids in Class

    More than 6.5 million K–12 students in the U.S. change schools each year. How can teachers help them acclimate socially and academically?
    Paige Tutt
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  • Under the careful watch of principal Keith Moore (r) and a staffer, in-person learning resumes for the first time since March at Campbell Elementary in Austin.

    Schools, Not Teachers, Must Reduce Stress and Burnout—Here’s How

    Educators’ health and well-being should be prioritized in school culture; school leaders can help create the conditions for that.
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    Building a Culture that Respects Teachers and Reduces Stress

    When teachers are given time to work closely with other teachers, and have achievable goals—school culture thrives.
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  • Making Students Feel Safe

    A trauma-informed approach ensures that students feel safe, supported, and nurtured—to improve their chances of academic success. 
    128.8k
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    6 Exercises to Get to Know Your Students Better—and Increase Their Engagement

    Celebrating your middle and high school students' unique identities can bolster connections and improve performance in school.
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  • The Power of Relationships in Schools

    Research shows that students who feel safe and supported by adults at school are better able to learn.
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  • A Daily Support System for Students

    Students who need extra social and emotional support have a quick check-in with an adult at the start and end of each day.
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  • A large, studentless classroom, with large blue bouncy balls, sofa chairs, folding chairs, a tent, crates, mats, and other unique furniture.

    Flexible Seating and Student-Centered Classroom Redesign

    How a visit to Starbucks inspired a change to flexible seating—and then some changes in teaching philosophy.
    63.3k
  • A closeup of a high school girl sitting at a purple desk. She's writing, looking down at her paper. Other students are sitting behind her, slightly blurred.

    19 Big and Small Classroom Management Strategies

    Successful classroom management relies on a handful of fundamental strategies and a larger number of quick interventions.
    47.6k
  • 60-Second Strategy: TUMS at the Door

    A simple greeting at the door forges a strong teacher-student bond.
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    The How and Why of Trauma-Informed Teaching

    In an extraordinary Twitter chat, educators discuss building trauma-informed social and emotional learning environments.
    29.1k
  • Creating a Dedicated Space for Reflection

    Providing students with a quiet spot where they can calm themselves in times of stress helps them develop self-regulation.
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  • An illustration of a young woman reaching for a graduation cap in the stars

    4 Ways to Celebrate High School Graduation This Year

    With coronavirus school closures extending into the fall, districts are coming up with clever alternatives to give seniors the graduation ceremony they deserve.
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  • Elementary aged boy remote learning dance on laptop from home

    A Look at How Arts Teachers Can Promote a Sense of Community

    Arts teachers can help all students in a school feel that they’re part of a collaborative learning community, even when they’re not together.
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  • Research-Backed Strategies for Better Classroom Management

    Research-Backed Strategies for Better Classroom Management

    When students act out in class, it can be challenging to find positive ways to address their behavior. Here’s what the research suggests works best.
    2.7k

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