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Communication Skills

Prepare students for academic and life success by helping them develop their listening, speaking, writing, and digital media skills.

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  • 60-Second Strategy: Math Partners

    When kids explain their mathematical thinking to their peers, they learn there’s more to math than just the right answer.
  • Encouraging Shy Students to Speak Up in Class

    Advice for creating a supportive environment where shy students feel comfortable participating—from a teacher who was one of those students.
    Rachel Fuhrman
  • A Step-by-Step Guide to Teaching Students to Work in Groups

    A strategy for giving students explicit feedback on group interactions promotes participation and collaboration.
  • Using Hand Signals for More Equitable Discussions

    Whether your class discussions are online or off, hand signals enable students to engage in multiple ways.
  • 4 Steps to Discussing Challenging Behavior With a Student

    Addressing students’ behavior can be tough, but it’s possible to approach them in ways that show compassion and help them feel ready to discuss the issue.
  • How to Give Positive Feedback on Student Writing

    If your corrective feedback is very detailed but your positive comments are quick and vague, you may appreciate this advice from teachers across the country.
  • 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.
  • What to Say Instead of ‘I’m Proud of You’

    A few phrases middle and high school teachers can use to cultivate conversation while celebrating student achievements.
  • Using the Socratic Method In Your Classroom

    Students can sharpen their critical thinking and communication skills by answering a series of focused questions on their reading.
  • How to Tap Into Students’ Interests With a TED Talk Unit

    Creating a presentation about their interests can boost students’ engagement as they develop communication and tech skills.
  • The Masked Teacher

    While face coverings present barriers to easy communication, educators can build a rapport with students by being deliberate in their interactions.
  • Building Argumentation Skills in Math

    Instead of rushing to find a solution, this math activity forces students to slow down, consider evidence, and deepen their understanding of the concepts.
  • Ending Project-Based Learning Units With a Call to Action

    Generating a call to action for their audience can give students a sense of agency and have a big impact outside the classroom.
  • Using Oral History Projects to Boost SEL

    When middle and high school students listen to each other tell their stories, they build stronger relationships—a key part of social and emotional learning.
  • Helping Students Find the Truth in Social Media

    Middle and high school students love interacting with social media, but how can they know if what they’re seeing and sharing is accurate?

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