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Technology in Advisory Programs: The Softer Side of Hardware

Chase sat in the back of the room every day, silent and sullen, hiding behind his long bangs. I was supposed to be teaching him about ancient Mesopotamia, and everything about his body language said, "Leave me...
Author: Lynn Salehi
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Driving Instruction: Giving Students the Wheel

Driving Instruction: Giving Students the Wheel

Giving students choices speaks to their wants and needs.

Think back to the last time you took a road trip. As the driver, you might have used a GPS or map to help you navigate, or even asked advice from your passenger. But ultimately, as the driver, you made the final...
Author: Olga Lehmann, Joyell Weimer
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Making Meaning with Films

Making Meaning with Films

Films can—and should—be more than time-killers in your classroom.

We all know the stereotypical image of the teacher who, tired of direct instruction, dims the lights, turns on the DVD player, and sits quietly while students stare at the screen. The problem here is not that students...
Author: Jason D. DeHart
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Google Can Do What? Five Activities to Engage Students

Google Apps, now called G Suite, is really catching on in classrooms around the United States and beyond. But the way we think about its tools, such as Docs, Sheets, or Slides, is stuck in first gear. It is easy for...
Author: Matt Miller
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Getting to Know Your Students: Inside Room 801

Getting to Know Your Students: Inside Room 801

With more testing than ever in years past, I realized that I was forgoing the most important part of my job description, which was getting to know my students. One lazy Saturday morning, an idea came to me while...
Author: Brooke Iverson
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50% of the Class; 100% of the Learning

You are in the middle of a lesson and all the students are following along—except that one student who has lots of questions. The questions are good, engaging, and you can tell the student is making every effort...
Author: Ryan Fuderer
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Mixing Up the Teams: All Students Deserve the Very Best

Mixing Up the Teams: All Students Deserve the Very Best

Why tracking based on ability means everyone loses.

Let's say we have two soccer teams. One is populated by all of the strongest, fastest, toughest, athletic students. These kids attend practice every day after school and work out on their own in the evenings and on...
Author: Krista Venza, Nancy Doda, Robert Salladino, Jonathan Treese
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Leveling Up in a Gamified Classroom

Our students, like all students, don't always do what they are supposed to do. Sometimes they talk when they should be listening. Sometimes they don't read directions. Sometimes they have trouble working together in a...
Author: Ashley Fulks, Becca Lord
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Student Leadership is Fundamental to Positive School Climate

Student Leadership is Fundamental to Positive School Climate

Engaging students in shaping school climate improvement pays off

There is growing research demonstrating that students perform better academically, socially, and emotionally when they are meaningfully engaged, contributing members of a school with a positive, caring, equitable...
Author: Betty Edwards
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Bringing the FUN Back to Learning

Bringing the FUN Back to Learning

Data, rigor, relevance, and standards are certainly terms that are important and vital in the world of education, but so is the FUN factor. When students feel and experience learning as fun, we know they are more...
Author: Kim Campbell
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