Education Trends

Not Giving Up On a Student

Author: Ben Johnson
How can teachers and administrators help students overcome negative attitudes about school and learning?

Five-Minute Film Festival: Hooray for Pi Day

Author: Keyana Stevens
Do you celebrate Pi Day? Pi is an essential mathematical symbol, representing the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter. Coincidentally, pie, a delicious dessert usually made with a pastry crust and fruit filling, shares the same...

5 Highly Effective Teaching Practices

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

Should Students Have a Role in Professional Development?

Author: Suzie Boss
Check out these real-life examples of students playing an active role in their teachers' professional learning.

National Poetry Month: Useful Resources for Teachers and Students

Author: Matt Davis
In honor of National Poetry Month in April, Matt Davis has put together a list of useful poetry links for educators, including resources from the web, Edutopia's most popular poetry-themed blogs, and other quick reads.

The Nuts and Bolts of Explicit Modeling

Author: Todd Finley
The eight steps of EM include describing the concept or skill, reducing it to critical elements, thinking aloud, teaching with cues, and engaging students' senses.

5 PBL Best Practices for Redefining the Teacher's Role

Author: Joshua Block
PBL changes a teacher's traditional role through framing the learning, helping students develop ideas, consulting as they revise, and encouraging feedback, reflection, and authentic presentations.

7 Classroom Resources for Pi Day

Author: Matt Davis
In this collection, Matt Davis rounds up some of Edutopia's favorite Pi Day resources for teachers.

Making Connections: Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain

Author: Elena Aguilar
Cultural values and learning practices transmitted from parents and from community guide how the brain wires itself to process information and handle relationships.

The Importance of Teaching Through Relationships

Author: Stacey Goodman
What happens when students and teachers converse, share experiences, and participate in activities together.

Kids Speak Out on Student Engagement

Author: Heather Wolpert-Gawron
Blogger and English teacher Heather Wolpert-Gawron asked her eighth grade students what they find most engaging in the classroom.

Brain-Based Learning: Resource Roundup

Browse a list of resources, articles, videos, and links for exploring the connection between education and neuroscience.

Through the Lens of Filmmaking

Author: Merle Huerta
Through developing, producing, and distributing a film, special-needs and mainstream students can work together, developing communication, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills -- among many others.

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

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

20 Top Pinterest Tips

Author: Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher
Pinterest is an educator's dream come true because of its many options for curating and sharing ideas, displaying student work, and building a PLN.

Guiding Students in Finding Their Truth

Author: Maurice Elias
Talking to your students about truth can help build their values and, most of all, their sense of integrity.

Weekly Update: Educational Webinars, Unconferences, and Conferences

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

Supporting Grieving Students

Author: Anne OBrien
It's important for educators to reach out to grieving students. Here's some guidance and resources to support this difficult task.

Student Apps for Winter Reading

Author: Monica Burns
Edutopia blogger Monica Burns shares a generous list of winter reading apps and ebooks for elementary students in class and with their families.

Social Media Can Be Your Ally

Author: Nicholas Provenzano
Remind, Twitter, and Instagram are just a few of the kid-friendly tools that teachers can use to enhance student learning within and beyond the classroom.