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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.

  • Teacher at home greeting students during online class

    Can Teachers Be Warm Demanders During the Pandemic?

    Zaretta Hammond’s warm demander doesn’t look the same this year, but teachers don’t have to give up on the idea.
    Chris Kubic
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  • Teacher speaks high school student

    A Sense of Security Is Key for Students

    A warm smile can go a long way toward helping a middle or high school student who is struggling academically.
    676
  • High school student speaks in class.

    A Hip-Hop Song Inspires a New Path to Engagement

    A middle school teacher explains how she gamified assignments and saw a dramatic increase in student motivation.
    529
  • Elementary aged boy gardening outside

    Teaching the Concept of Equity Through Gardening

    Plants can illustrate how different people need different things to be nourished—and how equality and equity differ.
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  • A photo collage featuring Jo Boaler: Are We Teaching the Math Kids Need?

    Are We Teaching the Math Kids Need?

    Every child possesses vast mathematics potential, says Jo Boaler, Stanford University mathematics professor and best-selling author—but for them to access it, we need to rethink how we teach math.
    7.9k
  • An illustration concept of one individual taking flight from a group

    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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  • In an empty classroom, Katherine Hendrix, a third-grade teacher at J.A. Rogers Elementary, instructs students virtually, using a large screen.

    Takeaways From Distance Learning

    An instructional coach makes the case that “business as usual” will not be the right path once students return to traditional classrooms.
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  • 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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  • Illustration concept showing reading comprehension

    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.’
    37.5k
  • Teacher works with young children to take apart a computer.

    How Learning Happens

    In this video series, we explore how educators can guide all students, regardless of their developmental starting points, to become productive and engaged learners.
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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.
    42.1k
  • Woman works at her laptop wearing headphones

    How to Facilitate Remote Socratic Seminars

    Disciplined conversation about texts deepens students’ understanding—and builds a sense of community during distance learning.
    1.4k
  • Middle grade aged boy doing a math problem on a chalkboard in school classroom

    3 Phrases That Can Demotivate Students in Math Class

    Seemingly innocuous statements can exacerbate math anxiety among learners—and avoiding these phrases can help all students see themselves as “math people.”
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  • an illustration of students learning online with masks

    6 Exercises to Get to Know Your Students Better—and Increase Their Engagement

    Celebrating your middle and high school students' unique identities can bolster connections and improve performance in school.
    10.1k

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