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Teaching Strategies

Discover and share best practices for improving your teaching craft -- delivering instruction, engaging students, reaching struggling students, and more.

  • Staying Connected Through Morning Message Videos

    Recording short, fun videos for your students every day can help build community and consistency during distance learning.
  • The Student Engagement Trap, and How to Avoid It

    Capturing students' interests can be harmful to learning when it's not relevant to the subject, research shows.
    Kripa Sundar
  • How to Help Middle School Students Learn to Work Independently

    These students can navigate a self-paced class with lots of teacher support at the beginning and clear expectations about assignments.
  • 8 Strategies to Improve Participation in Your Virtual Classroom

    Educators share their best synchronous and asynchronous strategies to boost student participation during online learning.
  • 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.’
  • Why Are Some Kids Thriving During Remote Learning?

    Though remote learning has brought many challenges, some students seem to be thriving in the new circumstances. What can we learn from them?
  • 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.
  • How Using a Little Sign Language Can Improve Online Classes

    Nonverbal communication such as American Sign Language can help students and educators in every grade feel more connected.
  • 7 Ways to Help Kids Start Middle School When They’re Rarely in the Building

    Bridging the transition between elementary and middle school is always important—but this year’s strategies will require some rethinking.
  • In Preschools, Sharing and Playtime Look Different Now

    To support young children’s social and developmental skills, preschools have had to get creative with what were once mainstay classroom practices.
  • Using Google Slides to Make Virtual Math Classes More Engaging

    The popular tool helps teachers assess students’ thought processes and provides opportunities for students to work together to solve problems.
  • One Word to Drop From Your Teacher Vocabulary

    A simple change in language can show students how mistakes are useful and how struggle can be productive.
  • Teaching Strategies of Award-Winning Online Instructors

    A recent study gleaned five insights on virtual instruction by examining the techniques shared in common by top-rated online instructors.
  • New Strategies in Special Education as Kids Learn From Home

    In special education, teachers say that schedules, sensory supports, and close collaboration with families can help smooth the transition to remote learning.
  • What Doesn’t Work: Literacy Practices We Should Abandon

    The number one concern that I hear from educators is lack of time, particularly lack of instructional time with students. Although we can't entirely solve the time problem, we can mitigate it by carefully analyzing our use of class time.

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