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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.
    Hoa P. Nguyen
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  • How Student-Led Conferences Center the Learning Journey

    How Student-Led Conferences Center the Learning Journey

    When students lead the conversation in their parent-teacher conferences, they take ownership of their learning and growth.
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    How—and Why—to Introduce Visual Note-Taking to Your Students

    Visual note-taking allows information to be processed by the brain in three different ways.
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  • A teenage girl reads in a park

    The Benefits of Reading for Fun

    There’s a powerful academic impact, new research reveals, when students are voracious, voluntary readers.
    4k
  • Elementary aged girl reading book in school library

    A School-Wide Focus on Choice Reading

    When the staff at an elementary school made fostering a love of reading a priority, they used these strategies to meet their goal.
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  • A High School Turns to Former Students to Address Racism on Campus

    Alumni at a predominantly White high school opened up about the racism they experienced as students—and helped change the culture of the school.
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  • Building Student Agency by Collaborating on Learning Standards

    When students have a say in choosing driving and supporting standards for project-based learning units, they get invested in the outcomes.
    488
  • Teacher talks to high school student at his classroom door

    5 Ways to Get to Know Your Middle and High School Students Better

    When teachers take the time to build strong relationships with students, it sets the stage for productive learning.
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  • High school student speaking with teacher at teacher;s desk in classroom.

    Due Dates and the Value of Student Ownership

    Negotiating due dates with a class can help increase students’ feelings of accountability—to their teacher and to each other.
    1.5k
  • An illustration concept of children interacting with technology

    Reading the Virtual Classroom Is Hard, but It Can Be Done

    Many teachers find it difficult to gauge how well students understand a lesson in an online classroom. A technique common among award-winning online instructors should help.
    10.7k
  • Is Class Participation Too Arbitrary to Grade Fairly?

    How one teacher quit “hanging a grade-based incentive over my students’ heads” and offered different, more inclusive ways for students to participate.
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  • Getting Students on the Road to Self-Advocacy

    With some simple supports, students in grades 3 to 8 can take the wheel and assume some responsibility for their learning journey.
    377
  • Teenage girl sitting on floor at home doing homework with laptop and books

    Essay Assignments That Actually Engage High School Writers

    Cookie-cutter essays may reflect students’ attitude toward the assignment, not their writing ability. Here’s a way to make that stack of grading more rewarding.
    1.6k
  • Student engages in distance learning lesson with her laptop at home

    Teaching Students to Self-Advocate During Distance Learning

    Teachers are finding ways to gauge students’ understanding of lessons this year, and guiding them to ask for help is a crucial piece of the puzzle.
    2.4k
  • Teacher working with high school student

    Good Teaching Is Not Just About the Right Practices

    In a series of interviews with master teachers, a reporter finds that certain intangible qualities matter more than the best tactics.
    4.8k

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