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

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  • Teaching Young Students How to Reflect on Their Learning

    Early elementary students can identify and articulate their goals through structured reflection on what matters most to them.
    Alissa Alteri Shea
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  • No One Starts Out Awesome: Advice for New Teachers

    There is no single strategy for success. But positivity, flexibility, a desire to keep improving, and empathy will help along the way.
  • Educational Buzzwords Defined: What is Differentiation?

    Educational Buzzwords Defined: What Is Differentiation?

    Go beyond the jargon for a quick look at a few of the many ways to differentiate instruction in the classroom.
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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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  • The Advantages of Working With Student Teachers

    A 20-year veteran shares how opening his classroom to student teachers prompts him to keep reinvigorating his practice.
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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
  • A young boy in a large-striped red and blue polar shirt is sitting at his desk with his head down in a book.

    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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  • 4 Ways to Build Student-Centered Math Lessons

    To help more kids thrive in math class, keep student identities in mind during the lesson planning stage.
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  • Making Classrooms More Inclusive for Multilingual Learners

    Making Classrooms More Inclusive for Multilingual Learners

    Taking an asset-based approach to supporting students who are new to the English language can help them thrive.
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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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