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Looking for ways to develop dynamic, compelling, and standards-based course content and activities? This is the place to start.

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  • A Simple Tool for Aligning Instruction and Assessment

    This quick visual guide can help teachers ensure that their daily lessons align with their learning goals and assessments.
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    Why Learning at Home Should Be More Self-Directed—and Less Structured

    On March 18, 2020, Simone Kern tweeted that simply “recreating schools at home” passes up a golden opportunity to engage kids in authentic, self-directed learning.
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  • 5 Ways to Motivate Students to Learn Math Effectively

    Students generally feel less anxious and more excited to explore concepts when they connect the math they’re learning to real-life situations.
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  • Look Beyond the Struggle to Celebrate Black Achievement

    In addition to recognizing the civil rights movement, teachers can use Black History Month to call attention to the achievements of Black Americans in other areas.
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  • How to Plan When You Don’t Know What to Plan For

    What school will look like in the fall is still uncertain for most of the U.S., but teachers can develop flexible plans that work for distance and in-class teaching.
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  • 3 Reasons Why PBL Is an Effective Option For Teachers

    Project-based learning encourages student engagement and self-directed learning, and helps teachers make the best use of their time.
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  • Setting Up a Disability-Inclusive Curriculum

    Six strategies for making people with disabilities a part of your students’ diverse learning experiences.
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  • Curating Mentor Texts That Inspire Student Writers

    Mentor texts that reflect the breadth and depth of student experiences not only get students enthusiastic about writing but also help build a sense of belonging at school.
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    6 Techniques for Building Reading Skills—in Any Subject

    Students need good reading skills not just in English but in all classes. Here are some ways you can help them develop those skills.
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  • The Importance of Student Choice Across All Grade Levels

    When students get to make decisions about their learning, it can be powerfully motivating.
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    What’s the Right Amount of Homework?

    Decades of research show that homework has some benefits, especially for students in middle and high school—but there are risks to assigning too much.
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  • How to Make Pinterest Work for You

    Teachers can use this social media platform as a springboard for creativity in planning class projects and activities.
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    5 Highly Effective Teaching Practices

    We teachers are always looking to innovate, so, yes, it's essential that we try new things to add to our pedagogical bag of tricks. But it's important to focus on purpose and intentionality -- and not on quantity. So what really matters more than "always trying something new" is the reason behind why we do what we do.
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  • The Benefits of a High School Psychology Class

    Students gain not just social and emotional learning skills but academic ones like how to conduct and analyze research.
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  • Class Reflection Activities to Close Out a Tough Year

    After a challenging year of pandemic schooling, these activities help students reflect on what they’ve learned and look forward to what’s coming next.
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