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Discover how students' input and expertise can help shape their classroom, their school, and ultimately their own learning and growth.

  • Two teenage girls playing eSports at school.

    Promoting a Sense of Community With Esports

    An esports program with clubs, courses, and competitive teams can increase students’ feelings of belonging in the school community.
    John McCarthy
  • Teenage girl sitting on floor at home doing homework with laptop and books

    Essay Assignments That Actually Engage High School Writers

    Cookie-cutter essays may reflect students’ attitude toward the assignment, not their writing ability. Here’s a way to make that stack of grading more rewarding.
  • Middle school girl on laptop at home remote learning

    How Using Authentic Digital Assessments Can Benefit Students

    Digital assessments that include elements of student choice encourage high school students to engage deeply with course content.
  • Teacher talks to high school student at his classroom door

    5 Ways to Get to Know Your Middle and High School Students Better

    When teachers take the time to build strong relationships with students, it sets the stage for productive learning.
  • Elementary aged girl reading book in school library

    A School-Wide Focus on Choice Reading

    When the staff at an elementary school made fostering a love of reading a priority, they used these strategies to meet their goal.
  • An illustration concept of children interacting with technology

    Reading the Virtual Classroom Is Hard, but It Can Be Done

    Many teachers find it difficult to gauge how well students understand a lesson in an online classroom. A technique common among award-winning online instructors should help.
  • Student engages in distance learning lesson with her laptop at home

    Teaching Students to Self-Advocate During Distance Learning

    Teachers are finding ways to gauge students’ understanding of lessons this year, and guiding them to ask for help is a crucial piece of the puzzle.
  • Making Advisory Work During Distance Learning

    Making Advisory Work During Distance Learning

    Helping students thrive while classes are remote begins with connecting via daily crew meetings at this school.
  • Teacher working with high school student

    Good Teaching Is Not Just About the Right Practices

    In a series of interviews with master teachers, a reporter finds that certain intangible qualities matter more than the best tactics.
  • Primary teacher and pupil interacting in live video lesson. Woman tutor with headset and laptop working remotely from home online teaching child student in video conference.

    5 Research-Backed Tips to Improve Your Online Teaching Presence

    As the physical distance increases between you and your students, so can the psychological and emotional space. Here are some tips that can help.
  • Middle school-aged girl working at home during distance learning

    How to Help Middle School Students Develop Crucial Skills This Year

    Most middle schoolers have not mastered the self-regulation skills they need for distance learning, but these simple strategies can help.
  • Preschool students walking in pairs on a sidewalk with their teachers

    Making Space for Student Choice in Preschool

    Sometimes teachers need to require kids to do certain things, and it’s easier to get their buy-in if they know their voices are heard too.
  • Three high school students work together in their school library

    Teaching Students How—and When—to Change Their Minds

    Learning involves accepting uncertainty and evolving your thinking. Here’s how teachers can help students cultivate those skills.
  • photo of young students sitting at desks in a classroom

    6 Opening and Closing Routines for New Teachers

    Check for understanding, manage your students, and build classroom community with these six opening and closing classroom routines.
  • A young child plays telephone with a teacher

    How to Talk to Children

    New teachers may feel prepared for literacy and math lessons, but be uncertain about how to just talk with someone under the age of 10. These tips should help.

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