Education Trends

Creating Safe, Strength-Based Classrooms

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Strengthen students' learning through trust by recognizing and honoring their social, emotional, and developmental needs with rituals, variations, and an honest, respectful approach.

Meeting the Needs of All Students: A First Step

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It's important for educators to examine their own biases so they connect more deeply with each child in their classrooms.

Hunting for Hacks in a Moldable Classroom

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One alternative school lives its real-world, problem-based learning approach through open-space classrooms, hands-on projects with relevant outcomes, and a strong sense of community.

Literacy Through Photography for English-Language Learners

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By engaging ELLs with creating, identifying, and narrating through photographs, you can help them learn language by challenging their thinking in other media.

Strategies and Resources for Supporting English-Language Learners

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As the number of English-language learners grows, teachers must focus on the most essential content and most efficient delivery of instruction.

Creating Space for Risk

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By redefining failure as part of learning, we give children choices to take risks, opportunities to excel, and the support to grow into their potential.

Calling All Students to the Front, Please

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The front of the classroom is a power spot. Through empathy and recognizing student agency, you can make it a positive place for them to inhabit.

3 Ways to Plan for Diverse Learners: What Teachers Do

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Teachers aiming to differentiate learning in their classroom can focus on content, process, and product in giving students opportunities to grow and shine as individuals.

Five-Minute Film Festival: Classroom-Management Techniques

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The first few weeks of the school are a crucial time for setting student expectations in behavior and academics. This video playlist of classroom-management techniques will help you refresh your strategies for the new year!

Using New Technology to Rediscover Traditional Ways of Learning

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Digital technology such as tablets can help teachers and students rediscover traditional ways of learning by using touch, movement, sound, and visuality.

The Basics of Open Technology

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From abundant tools and smart budgeting to accessibility and trust, the Albemarle County Public Schools maintain a district-wide tech program that leverages digital literacy for all students.

A Student Maker and the Birth of a Startup

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A reluctant middle school student responded to a summer maker challenge and ended up demonstrating his sports training product prototype at a White House tech innovation fair.

Back-to-School Night: The Ultimate Conversation Starter for a Successful School Year

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When establishing that first contact with parents on back-to-school night, start the year right by being transparent, direct, and consistent.

Preparing for Cultural Diversity: Resources for Teachers

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How can teachers prepare for diverse classrooms? There isn't a definitive answer, but there is a wealth of resources online. Here, blogger Matt Davis rounds up some helpful links for teachers.

The Student-Centered Classroom: Communicating What Matters

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Students' ownership of the classroom and learning begins when you communicate that you're listening, that you respect them, and that they can trust you.

Classroom Management: 3 Important Big-Picture Questions

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Before getting into the minutiae of classroom management, consider how you organize your space, what learning looks like, and how you're building relationships with families.

A Checklist for Back-to-School Night

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Back-to-School Night is often the first interaction a teacher has with parents and guardians. Here's a helpful checklist for educators of five must-haves for this special night.

Back-to-School Night 2.0

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With innovation and technology vital to our profession, let's use both of those elements to engage and connect with our students' families this year.

Starting the School Year With a Party

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Check out how to make diagnostic testing fun and how pep talks can help launch a success academic year for students.

A Lesson Plan for Helping Young Children Learn to Accept Differences

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Teachers can help children learn about differences by presenting them with vignettes and then giving them tools to analyze what they have heard and seen.

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