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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.

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  • Making Hour of Code Work With or Without Computer Science Experience

    Online tutorials and a little practice make it possible for all teachers—regardless of background—to lead lessons on coding.
    Jorge Valenzuela
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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  • 5 Metacognitive Questions For Students Learning New Material

    New materials can leave kids in the fog. Here are five metacognitive questions they can use to find their way and become more independent learners.
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  • A Question Teachers Should Ask as Often as Possible

    Push students past simple recall into deeper thought and engagement by adding this short follow-up question to your repertoire.
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  • How to Ease Math Anxiety in the Classroom

    To encourage kids to reach their fullest potential in math, consider adopting these four mindsets that help every student to thrive.
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    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?
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  • How to Counter Learned Helplessness

    For students who have internalized a message that they’re destined to fail, promoting realistic optimism can be game-changing.
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  • Supporting Executive Function Skills by Asking Questions

    Teachers can boost middle school students’ self-management skills by using questions to get their mental gears turning.
    127
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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.’
    38.3k
  • An illustration concept of a group of students communicating through one technology platform

    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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  • A computer and book indicating new challenges in digital learning.

    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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  • New Teachers: How to Start Your First Year With Confidence

    A set of strategies ranging from the simple—like organizing your room each day—to more complex ideas like turning your teaching philosophy into actions.
    990
  • 5 Tips for Becoming an Apolitical Teacher

    Remaining politically neutral in the classroom opens up space for students to debate and discover their own beliefs.
    871

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