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Discover how students’ input and expertise can help shape their classroom, their school, and ultimately their own learning and growth.

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  • How to Avoid the ‘Feedback Hole’

    Students may become reluctant to share their thoughts if their teacher and peers don’t seem to listen. These strategies make the value of their thoughts clear.
    Miriam Plotinsky
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  • 3 Ways to Support Academic Talk Among Students

    By providing opportunities for students to share ideas with each other, teachers create space for them to develop social skills, retain more content, and deepen understanding of the material.
    812
  • How to Engage Students the Moment They Enter the Classroom

    Openers matter and set the tone for the lesson that follows. Here’s how to start strong when you need to.
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  • 60-Second Strategy: The Hot Seat

    Providing the active listeners in the outer ring of a Socratic circle a way to jump in with their burning questions and comments keeps all students engaged.
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  • Protocols That Get All Students Talking in Class Discussions

    These intentional response strategies create entry points for students who may feel reticent to share in class discussions.
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  • Creating a Classroom That Is Student, not Teacher, Driven

    Teachers can take a step back and create lessons that put student explorations at the center of learning.
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  • Establishing Classroom Norms to Enhance Students’ Collective Efficacy

    Middle and high school students generally feel invested in norms since they work on creating and committing to them together.
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  • 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.
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    Student-Centered Learning: It Starts With the Teacher

    Teachers encourage student-centered learning by allowing students to share in decisions, believing in their capacity to lead, and remembering how it feels to learn.
    24.7k
  • Handing Over the Reins for a More Playful Learning Experience

    With guidance and support from teachers, student-led learning expeditions can boost engagement, motivation, and deeper learning.
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  • Making Classroom Participation More Equitable With Hand Gestures

    Not all students feel comfortable participating verbally in class discussions, and these tools invite everyone to contribute.
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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.
    7.4k
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    6 Opening and Closing Routines for New Teachers

    Check for understanding, manage your students, and build classroom community with these six opening and closing classroom routines.
    18.2k
  • The Benefits of Reading for Fun

    There’s a powerful academic impact, new research reveals, when students are voracious, voluntary readers.
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  • 60-Second Strategy: Participation Cards

    A quick formative assessment tool also encourages all students—even shy ones—to participate in discussions.
    10.3k

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