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Teaching Strategies

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

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  • Tapping Into the Power of Debate in the Classroom

    When educators saw the positive impact of an after-school debate club, they decided to bring elements of debate into different academic subjects—for the benefit of all students.
  • 60-Second Strategy: Ask 3 Before Me

    When students help each other in the classroom, they gain confidence and independence—and you get to keep on teaching.
  • Understanding and Supporting Your Student With ODD

    The behaviors associated with oppositional defiant disorder can be challenging in the classroom, but there are strategies to help build relationships and make way for learning.
  • The Research on Life-Changing Teaching

    What really moves the needle for educators, and by extension their students?
    Youki Terada, Stephen Merrill
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  • A Question Teachers Should Ask as Often as Possible

    Push students past simple recall into deeper thought and engagement by adding this short follow-up question to your repertoire.
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  • Supporting Executive Function Skills by Asking Questions

    Teachers can boost middle school students’ self-management skills by using questions to get their mental gears turning.
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  • How to Counter Learned Helplessness

    For students who have internalized a message that they’re destined to fail, promoting realistic optimism can be game-changing.
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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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    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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  • Early Literacy Strategies That Work

    A first-grade teacher describes how she changed her approach to teaching reading using research-based insights.
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  • An Innovative Way to Deal With Plagiarism

    Creating a short blended learning course is a good way to help students learn how to quote and paraphrase sources and use proper citations.
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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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  • 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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  • 5 Ways to Unleash Student Creativity and Reduce Fear of Failure

    Fear stifles creativity. By making space for the exchange of high-quality, low-stakes feedback, you can encourage the right kind of risk-taking.
  • 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.
    47.3k

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