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  • How to Get Students to Focus on Learning—Not Grades

    With a few shifts in the classroom, teachers can encourage students to pay more attention to the skills they are building than to a number or letter score.
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  • Fact Check: Are Flexible Student Deadlines at Odds With Real Life?

    Will flexibility around due dates deliver a reprieve for stressed-out students—or ruin them for real-world work? A high school teacher examines the practice.
    Carly Berwick
  • 60-Second Strategy: Ask 3 Before Me

    When students help each other in the classroom, they gain confidence and independence—and you get to keep on teaching.
  • Boosting Confidence With Student-Driven Math

    When teachers noticed a lack of autonomy in the math classroom, a switch to a student-centered curriculum bumped ownership of learning—and the kids' ability to talk about their problem-solving approach.
  • Understanding and Supporting Your Student With ODD

    The behaviors associated with oppositional defiant disorder can be challenging in the classroom, but there are strategies to help build relationships and make way for learning.
  • When Reading Logs Backfire, What Can Teachers Do Instead?

    To create life-long readers, ditch quotas, calendars, and logs—and replace them with strategies that get students talking about books and keeping track of the joy they experience reading.
  • If You’re Not Failing, You’re Not Learning

    The learning scientist Manu Kapur, architect of the theory of productive failure, on reframing our notion of failure, and letting kids stumble (but with purpose).
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  • Restoring the Joy in Teaching

    It can be tough to find a way toward joyfulness when you’re overwhelmed, but you can reset and reignite your energy for teaching.
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  • 5 Ways to Unleash Student Creativity and Reduce Fear of Failure

    Fear stifles creativity. By making space for the exchange of high-quality, low-stakes feedback, you can encourage the right kind of risk-taking.
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    Why Are Some Kids Thriving During Remote Learning?

    Though remote learning during the pandemic has brought many challenges, some students seem to be thriving in the new circumstances. What can we learn from them?
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    8 Strategies to Improve Participation in Your Virtual Classroom

    Educators share their best synchronous and asynchronous strategies to boost student participation during online learning.
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    Is it Time to Drop ‘Finding the Main Idea’ and Teach Reading in a New Way?

    Some schools are changing the way they teach reading—based on research that shows background knowledge is more critical to comprehension than general skills like ‘finding the main idea.’
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  • 4 Reading Strategies to Retire This Year (Plus 6 to Try Out!)

    A look at a few popular literacy practices that shouldn’t make the cut—along with fresh strategies that experienced teachers and literacy experts recommend instead.
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    What Teachers in China Have Learned in the Past Month

    An American whose classroom in Beijing is now online shares what she and her team have learned since the coronavirus hit, just as U.S. teachers make the same shift.
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  • 6 Unproductive Ways to Learn Math Basics—and What to Do Instead

    Tune up your math teaching with this review of strategies to avoid, plus alternatives that will challenge, engage, and enlighten your students.
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