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    Lesson Planning

    Are your lessons and units in need of some flavor? Spice up your instructional planning process with these fun resources!

    Lesson Planning

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    Bring the "new year, new me" mentality into your classroom with these 4 activities.

    Re-Energize Your Classroom in the New Year

    Maybe it doesn't have to be either too much homework or none at all. Research shows it's all about finding a happy medium.

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    Get movin' in the classroom by using instructional carousels to facilitate discussions.

    Thinking on Their Feet: Instructional Carousels

    If you could ask one famous person from history to be a guest speaker in your class, who would you choose?


    A third grade class asked why their state, Rhode Island, had no official state insect when 46 other states did. What happened next will inspire you to turn your traditional units of study into deeper learning experiences.

    Turn Traditional Units of Study into Deeper Learning Experiences

    Check out these researched-based, best teaching practices and share with us the ways you already use them in your classroom.

    5 Highly Effective Teaching Practices

    "If differentiated instruction is viewed as part of the planning process, the additional planning time is not noticeably different."

    There's No Time to Differentiate: Myth-Busting DI, Part 2

    Spoiler alert - The purpose of assessment is really to understand what our students have learned, and to present it to ourselves and our students in a way that we can all see who has learned what.

    What's the Point of Assessment?

    22 resources for teachers.

    Memorial Day in the Classroom: Resources for Teachers

    Tips for creating visually engaging rubrics from Edutopia's own cait camarata

    4 Easy Tips and Tricks for Creating Visually Engaging Rubrics

    What the research says...

    5 Highly Effective Teaching Practices

    Matt Davis highlights free and easy-to-implement classroom resources to celebrate Women's History Month in March.

    Women's History Month: 6 Lesson Plan Resources for Teachers

    By teaching students to "drive their own brain" through metacognition, we provide a concrete way to guide them to think about how they can best learn.

    Metacognition: The Gift That Keeps Giving

    By inviting her class to choose their own subjects for a historical reformers project, this teacher learned a lot about her students' interests and passions.

    "Can't I Just Choose My Own Topic?"

    Find out why a gold standard in PBL is necessary and how teachers, school leaders, and others can contribute to the conversation around its development.

    What Should "Gold Standard" PBL Include?

    To ensure productive group work, teachers must communicate expectations, strategically build groups, structure activities, scaffold work with a supportive classroom culture, and stress individual accountability.

    Not Just Group Work -- Productive Group Work!

    Hook students' attention by stimulating their hardwired need to know, and make it a satisfying experience so their brains recognize the value of energy spent learning.

    Cognitively Priming Students for Learning

    It's important to recognize that a growth mindset is an overall paradigm for personal development rather than a pedagogical tool for measuring academic accomplishment.

    Growth Mindset: A Driving Philosophy, Not Just a Tool

    Check out how John Hattie's research is demystifying what works in education and how this relates to project-based learning.

    The Hattie Effect: What's Essential for Effective PBL?

    In this collection, find resources that discuss some of the innovative strategies used by teacher educators, mentors, coaches, and other professionals to prepare and support preservice and new teachers and facilitate ongoing teacher development.

    Innovations in Teacher Prep and Support: Resource Roundup

    Teach the mindset of innovation through example, iteration, failure, and reflection, and cultivate your students' curiosity and determination to try something different.

    Nurturing the Innovator's Mindset in Your Classroom

    A Handy Chart on Traditional Vs Authentic Assessment ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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    What Happens When Students Control Their Own Education? - The Atlantic

    When Students Take Over the Classroom

    Maybe teaching isn't about delivering information. Maybe it's really about providing a landscape where curiosity takes root, growing a unique, vibrant, continual source of knowledge.

    Trees of Knowledge

    STEM subjects are often put down as dry and lacking creativity, but we all know that when you have a great teacher who can inspire you to be curious, science and math can be interesting. And when they can convince you (and your teenage ego) that you are wrong, sometimes, that can be the best lesson of all.

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