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  • Small Shifts to Limit ‘Teacher Talk’ and Increase Engagement

    Guiding students to regularly direct their own discussions brings academic rewards as they gain confidence working independently on challenging tasks.
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  • 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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    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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  • A Research-Backed Tool Kit of What Works—and Doesn’t Work—in Education

    A large-scale analysis of over 2,500 studies separates the wheat from the chaff, highlighting what works, and what’s suspect, in the field of education.
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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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    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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    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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    5 Ways to Support Students Who Struggle With Reading Comprehension

    These strategies can help students who are able to decode well but have difficulty understanding what they read—and they’re beneficial for all students.
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  • A student studying on her bed with a laptop, textbooks, and notebooks

    5 Research-Backed Studying Techniques

    Teachers can guide students to avoid ineffective studying habits in favor of ones that will increase their learning outcomes.
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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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  • How to Help Readers Grapple With Challenging Texts

    Instead of matching students to texts they can breeze through, literacy guru Tim Shanahan says that students should be engaging with challenging texts that push them out of their comfort zones.
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    6 Scaffolding Strategies to Use With Your Students

    Support every student by breaking learning up into chunks and providing a concrete structure for each.
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  • Making the Transition From Dependent to Independent Learning 

    Teachers can guide students to becoming independent learners with scaffolding that provides strategies for mastering material.
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