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  • Differentiating Your Instruction Through Seminars

    Culled from higher education, seminars offer powerful opportunities to personalize instruction in a small-group format—and involve an element of student choice.
    Paige Tutt
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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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  • Highlighting ‘Good’ Mistakes in Student Work

    Anonymously sharing students’ math mistakes can generate valuable discussions about problem-solving.
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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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  • 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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  • 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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    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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  • Middle school students reading in class

    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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  • Culturally Responsive Ways to Teach the History of Thanksgiving

    These resources can help middle and high school students learn about the first Thanksgiving and Native Americans today.
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  • When Reading Logs Backfire, What Can Teachers Do Instead?

    To create life-long readers, ditch quotas, calendars, and logs—and replace them with strategies that get students talking about books and keeping track of the joy they experience reading.
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  • How to Work Literacy Instruction Into All Content Areas

    Instead of a one-size-fits-all approach to literacy practices across content areas, there are small, but effective shifts teachers can make to get students practicing the domain-specific skills they need.
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  • Illustration of people building a giant book

    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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