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Communication Skills

Prepare students for academic and life success by helping them develop their listening, speaking, writing, and digital media skills.

  • High school hybrid classroom with student and teacher wearing masks

    A Model for Teaching World Languages in a Hybrid Classroom

    With some students in the room and some at home, how can teachers continue to focus on building speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills in the target language?
    Elena Spathis
    1.9k
  • Teacher kneeling down and reading with his elementary student at her desk

    Early Literacy Instruction Should Go Beyond the Basics

    Preparing kids to be critical thinkers and problem solvers requires teaching a mix of foundational skills and higher-level abstract skills.
    931
  • Teenage boy working on his laptop at home

    Using ‘Hexagonal Thinking’ to Deepen Classroom Conversations

    A novel activity using little more than geometric shapes can help students examine complex problems and connect big ideas.
    3.3k
  • Teacher works with young children to take apart a computer.

    How Learning Happens

    In this video series, we explore how educators can guide all students, regardless of their developmental starting points, to become productive and engaged learners.
    20.8k
  • Using Hand Signals for More Equitable Discussions

    Whether your class discussions are online or off, hand signals enable students to engage in multiple ways.
    30.5k
  • Male student sitting outside writing in a notebook

    The Power of Short Writing Assignments

    Brief writing prompts and responses help students in any discipline.
    12.2k
  • Scaffolding Discussion Skills With a Socratic Circle

    Scaffolding Discussion Skills With a Socratic Circle

    Students deepen their understanding and build a sense of community by engaging with their peers’ reasoned arguments.
    11.8k
  • Morning Meetings: Building Community in the Classroom

    Starting the day with this 15-minute activity helps students regulate their emotions and focus on the day’s learning.
    17.6k
  • 60-Second Strategy: Participation Cards

    60-Second Strategy: Participation Cards

    A quick formative assessment tool also encourages all students—even shy ones—to participate in discussions.
    10k
  • High school teacher conducts distance learning class via video chat

    5 Ways to Build Connections with Students Online

    A high school English teacher shares ways to create genuine connections online.
    1.8k
  • Creating a Schoolwide Culture of Critique

    Creating a Schoolwide Culture of Critique

    A framework called six thinking hats helps students learn the essential skill of giving and receiving feedback.
    2.5k
  • Teenage girl sitting on floor of room doing homework with laptop and books.

    Using Social Justice to Promote Student Voice

    Preteen students can gain confidence in their ability to navigate complex topics by using intersectionality to investigate social issues.
    2.1k
  • 60-Second Strategy: 7-Minute Writes

    Looking for a simple way to get your students writing? Try a low-stakes timed exercise.
    22.1k
  • 60-Second Strategy: Equity Sticks

    60-Second Strategy: Equity Sticks

    Looking for a simple way to ensure all voices are heard in your classroom? Try equity sticks.
    13.3k
  • Young boy doing math homework in notebook at home.

    Bringing Number Talks to the Online Classroom

    Elementary school teachers use number talks to guide students to engage deeply with concepts, and they can work online, with a little creativity.
    2.4k

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