Education Trends

9 Ways to Plan Transformational Lessons: Planning the Best Curriculum Unit Ever

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Transformational lessons don't just happen. They require planning, mindfulness, and a commitment to shift away from educational approaches of the past.

The Behavior Battle: High- and Low-Tech Solutions

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While programs like Kickboard, PBIS World, and ClassDojo can help track and identify student behavior issues, so can lower-tech practices like focused observation, simplified reporting, and team input.

How to Become and Remain a Transformational Teacher

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Transformational teachers share best practices, build mentoring relationships, observe their peers, keep things fresh, model their subject's usefulness, and demonstrate caring beyond what they teach.

Teacher Leadership as Professional Development

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When leadership finds you, make it about improving your own teaching skills as well as helping others connect with new ideas, tools, and materials.

Open Space Technology: Decision by Inclusion

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See where Edcamps and Unconferences got their start with Open Space Technology, an inclusive decision-making model for crowdsourcing the best ideas in your school or classroom.

The Big List of Educational Grants and Resources

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Get a roundup of educational grants, contests, awards, free toolkits, and classroom guides aimed at helping students, classrooms, schools, and communities. Check this page weekly to get the latest updates!

Resources for Creating a Radically Compassionate Classroom

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As you ponder curriculum, seating, and policies, here are some ideas and resources to consider that will assist you in making your class a welcoming, safe, and inclusive space for your students.

Education Virtual Events and Conferences Worth Attending

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Find opportunities to engage in DIY PD, connect, and stay up-to-date about new ideas in education through webinars, unconferences, and conferences. Check back weekly for updates!

New Teachers: Lesson and Curriculum Planning

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Explore a diverse collection of curriculum-planning tips, guidance, and other resources meant to help new teachers plan effective activities, lessons, and units.

Building Students' Cognitive Flexibility

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As caretakers of adolescents' developing brainpower, teachers can help their students recognize inattentional blindness, embrace divergent thinking, and harness the potential of transferring their learning.

The Election and the Educator

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During a contentious election season, a teacher's best strategy may be encouraging healthy, informed debate among students while withholding his or her own views.

Top Priority Summer Goal for Educators: Sleep!

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Here are a few things you can do this summer to get started on shifting your sleep routines before the new school year begins.

Assuming Positive Intent

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Buck the cultural trend of anger and incivility with a simple checklist that helps reframe your understanding about what other people actually want and need.

Edcamps: The New Professional Development

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When teachers choose their own professional learning opportunities (such as Edcamps), many feel more support in their jobs and better prepared to support their students' learning.

Reclaiming the Virtues of Teaching

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Despite the pressure to teach for measurable results like assessment and accountability standards, don't lose sight of core virtues like cooperation, honor, and hospitality.

A Student Perspective on Voice, Choice, and Meaning

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High school teacher Josh Block interviews a graduating student to examine the complex dynamic of collaboration and supporting someone else through the creative and intellectual processes.

Makerspaces and Equal Access to Learning

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Makerspaces can democratize learning, create a culture of participation, allow for teaching with visual cues, offer thematic planning opportunities, and facilitate differentiated instruction.

What Doesn't Work When Evaluating Teachers

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As the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) roles out, there are three ripple effects that school leaders and teachers should be aware of in terms of teacher evaluation.

Finding an Authentic Goal for Your PBL Classroom

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Invite students in on the decision-making process when selecting an authentic goal for your class PBL unit and you will have increased their ownership of the unit from the get-go.

100+ Tools for Differentiating Instruction Through Social Media

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Social media can enhance differentiated instruction if the tools are selected with a careful eye on individual students' readiness, interests, and learning profiles.