Education Trends

Harnessing the Power of YouTube in the Classroom

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If you want to use YouTube in the classroom, here are some tips to help you find and distribute appropriate content, explore virtual reality, and share student work.

Judgment: Navigating Choices and Decisions

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Adolescents need guidance in learning judgment -- academic-cognitive and social-emotional -- while their prefrontal cortex is transitioning into a more efficient network for making decisions and achieving goals.

Creativity: A Choice, a Gift, and a Mission

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Creativity can rejuvenate your teaching practice by giving you the experience of escape, the foundation of community, and the magical abundance that lets you thrive.

Try: A Little Word Becomes a Big Gift

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Taking a risk can pay off in exhilaration, affirmation, and inspiration. Step outside your comfort zone to improve your practice and grow as a teacher.

Rest: The Antidote for Discouragement

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To remain energetic and dedicated as teachers, we need our rest. We can find it through making time for adequate sleep, creating sanctuary, and cultivating gratitude.

Memorial Day in the Classroom: Resources for Teachers

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Memorial Day is right around the corner! For teachers looking to incorporate the holiday into lessons, Matt Davis has collected some of the best resources from around the web.

Weekly Update: Educational Webinars, Unconferences, and Conferences

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Get a roundup of educational webinars, conferences, and edcamps aimed at helping students, classrooms, schools, and communities. Check this page weekly to get the latest updates!

5 Reasons to Read for Reluctant Readers

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Here are five reasons to motivate students to read more. One reason: Reading makes you smarter and a better writer. 

When Words Aren't Necessary

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Students who don't share the same language can still connect when given time, space and freedom to explore their passions and strengths through art and play.

Using the Rule of Three for Learning

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The Rule of Three for learning establishes the requirement that students be given the opportunity to learn something at least three times before they are expected to know it and apply it.

Romeo is Bleeding: The Poetry and Passion of Urban Youth

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A play-within-a-documentary recasts Shakespeare's timeless romantic tragedy as a celebration of life and art for disadvantaged young people coping with the daily threat of gun violence.

Building Staff Rapport With Flash Lessons

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A hands-on administrator asks teachers to become students for a class period and, at his prompting, model trust, academic risk taking, and camaraderie.

Letters to the Next President 2.0

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By separating heated rhetoric from effective argument styles, today's young writers and thinkers examine the national political debate as their first step toward becoming tomorrow's voters.

The Inner Cities Poetry Arts Project

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Turn your students into poets by inspiring them to free-write about their inner world, introducing them to the rhythms of poetry, and prompting them with images and possible titles.

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!

4 Practices for Increasing Student Engagement

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Spend the first five minutes of each class focusing on your students as people. Then keep them engaged through the agency of makerspaces, PBL, or Genius Hour/20 Time.

5-Minute Film Festival: Student Voice and Choice

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When students feel that that their opinions and ideas are valued, they're more engaged with their education. Watch these 7 videos for ideas on how to give your students more agency in school. 

Flexible Seating and Student-Centered Classroom Redesign

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Flexible classroom seating invites collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking by helping students manage their physical energy and comfort as they learn on their own terms.

6 Ways to Help Students Understand Math

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Help students better understand math by presenting multiple examples, encouraging collaboration on alternative solutions, and framing the class with a clear agenda and effective summary.

6 Hand Signals That Bring Learning to Life

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Nonverbals are gestural cues that can help students quickly and respectfully communicate their reactions, needs, and levels of understanding in a fast-paced classroom.

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