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Teaching Strategies

Discover and share best practices for improving your teaching craft -- delivering instruction, engaging students, reaching struggling students, and more.

  • 6 Smart Ways to Bring the Power of Music Into Your Classroom

    Music is an often overlooked—but uniquely powerful—strategy for connecting kids to classroom learning.
    Sarah Gonser
  • Is it Time to Drop ‘Finding the Main Idea’ and Teach Reading in a New Way?

    Some schools are changing the way they teach reading—based on research that shows background knowledge is more critical to comprehension than general skills like ‘finding the main idea.’
    Holly Korbey
  • How to Engage Students in Meaningful Math Discussions

    As middle and high school math students talk through problems, they build camaraderie and gain greater conceptual understanding.
  • Why Are Some Kids Thriving During Remote Learning?

    Though remote learning has brought many challenges, some students seem to be thriving in the new circumstances. What can we learn from them?
  • What Teachers in China Have Learned in the Past Month

    An American whose classroom in Beijing is now online shares what she and her team have learned since the coronavirus hit, just as U.S. teachers make the same shift.
  • One Word to Drop From Your Teacher Vocabulary

    A simple change in language can show students how mistakes are useful and how struggle can be productive.
  • 3 Lessons From Online Learning to Take Back to the Classroom

    For some teachers, emergency remote instruction birthed new instructional practices that they plan to continue after distance learning ends.
  • Teaching Strategies of Award-Winning Online Instructors

    A recent study gleaned five insights on virtual instruction by examining the techniques shared in common by top-rated online instructors.
  • Distance Learning Strategies to Bring Back to the Classroom

    When schools closed, teachers were forced to get creative—and they’ve learned things they can use when they’re back at school.
  • New Strategies in Special Education as Kids Learn From Home

    In special education, teachers say that schedules, sensory supports, and close collaboration with families can help smooth the transition to remote learning.
  • Creating a Schoolwide Culture of Critique

    A framework called six thinking hats helps students learn the essential skill of giving and receiving feedback.
  • Using Children’s Books to Teach Literary Theory in High School

    Literary theory can be a tough topic for high school students—a simple story may be just the scaffold they need to start figuring it out.
  • What Doesn’t Work: Literacy Practices We Should Abandon

    The number one concern that I hear from educators is lack of time, particularly lack of instructional time with students. Although we can't entirely solve the time problem, we can mitigate it by carefully analyzing our use of class time.
  • Reflections—and Lessons Learned—From Remote Learning

    Experiences during remote learning inspire a teacher to reconsider—and refresh—her curriculum for the fall.
  • Strategies for Improving Small Group Instruction

    Tips for giving direct instruction to small groups, whether students are in the classroom or learning at home.

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