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Rethinking College
Is college the best route for every student? What are today’s alternatives? How are we preparing students for other options? We examine the research, the decline of vocational education and more.

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#BacktoSchool
When it comes to social media in the classroom, there are three main concerns: How can we use students’ interest in social media to engage them as learners? How can we help students to understand their digital footprints? And finally, how can we as teachers leverage social media to connect with other educators and grow as professionals?

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Tablets 101
As tablets and iPads become more ubiquitous in classrooms around the country, the challenge is to identify what really works in the classroom—and what doesn’t.

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Real Teachers Real Technology
Do you ever read articles about technology and think, “that sounds great, but it wouldn’t work in my classroom”? Us too. That’s why we’ve rounded up the most practical ideas for using technology, all vetted by real teachers using the real tools they have in their classrooms. You can’t miss this hands-on guide!

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Special Education Done Right
There’s a lot of debate about special education in this country, from the high annual cost to the effectiveness of mainstreaming. Explore what some successful districts are doing for both inclusion and pulled-out classes, as well as the best tools and resources for making special education work.

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Learning to Love STEM
Students don't always gravitate toward science, technology, engineering and math and neither do teachers if those subjects are outside their comfort zone. This month, discover creative ideas for fostering excitement around teaching and learning STEM, from hands-on experiments to career-based exploration.

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Why Our Kids Need Art
Teachers instinctually know that art, music and drama add value to kids' lives. But in the era of high-stakes exams, the arts often fall to the bottom of the list, whether we intend them to or not. Below, explore research that shows the arts actually improve test scores—and enrich kids' lives in a million other ways—along with simple tips for incorporating more creativity into the regular classroom.

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Drama-Free Testing
Like it or not, standardized testing is here to stay. In our comprehensive guide, you'll find solutions to preparing students for testing academically and emotionally, as well as this surprising truth: Frequent, regular assessment is key, but that doesn't mean you have to teach to the test.

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Flipped Classroom
In a flipped classroom, students watch videos, listen to podcasts of lectures, and do background reading outside of class so that the actual time with the teacher can be spent in group discussion, collaborative work or trying hands-on projects that will help the students get a better handle on learning.

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Game On
While games have had their place in the classroom since the days of the one-room schoolhouse, experts are taking a new look at how games—especially when combined with the latest technology—can motivate students and teach them the skills they really need for the 21st-century workplace. Explore the resources we've gathered to find out everything you need to know about this emerging trend and how it can strengthen your curriculum.

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Teaching Character
Any veteran educator will tell you that before learning reading, writing and other academic subjects, students must have key social skills in place. Now new research is backing up what teachers have long known—that social-emotional learning plays a critical role in the classroom, not only in day-to-day management but in how students perform on standardized exams and later on in life. Read on for more research, teaching strategies and more.

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We All Teach Reading and Writing
If you teach algebra, you may not think of yourself as a reading teacher. But you do know that comprehension, fluency and good communication are key to success in math as well as other subject areas. And the writers of the Common Core agree—the new standards greatly emphasize reading and writing across the curriculum. Click below to explore ways we can all become better teachers of reading, writing and critical thinking.

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The Uncommon Core
No matter where you teach, chances are the standards have come to define your curriculum and the expectations made on you and your students. These benchmarks don't have to mean the end of creativity, however. Read on for our tips, ideas and advice on how teachers are using the Common Core or their alternative state standards to inform, enrich and deepen their teaching.

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A new year, a new classroom. Easy ways to make your space work for you and your students.
Every year we get excited about all of the possibilities in setting up an interactive, engaging classroom. There's the classroom library, the seating chart, the wall decor—so many areas to toy with and tinker. The biggest question for most of us is "How will my classroom meet the needs of my students?" Below you'll find our must-read tips on setting up a space that will promote independence and learning. 

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Enjoy more than stale doughnuts and coffee when you spend time with your colleagues.
With your busy schedule and nonstop paperwork, you may feel lucky to nod hello to your coworkers and sit side-by-side during those long professional days. The research, however, is clear—deepening your work relationships and sharing resources can mean a big payoff in student achievement. Here's our guide for turning teacher's lounge encounters into powerful collaboration...

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Discover new and exciting ways that technology can help all of your students succeed.
Discover new and exciting ways that technology can help all of your students succeed.
Today’s teachers are working in a brave new world—one where tablets, apps, and interactive whiteboards are all part of the learning environment. But in order to make this technology a meaningful part of the curriculum, it needs to be incorporated in a thoughtful way. Below find our favorite strategies, activities, and products for creating truly eye-opening technology lessons.
 
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Defeat standardized tests by giving kids the ultimate superpower: reading.
Today’s teachers are working in a brave new world—one where tablets, apps, and interactive whiteboards are all part of the learning environment. But in order to make this technology a meaningful part of the curriculum, it needs to be incorporated in a thoughtful way. Below find our favorite strategies, activities, and products for creating truly eye-opening technology lessons.

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Give learning an upgrade this Spring with hands-on activities!
21st century teaching is all about upgrading—upgrading your old equipment (goodbye overhead projector!), swapping out old, outdated ideas for new, innovative ones and improving your tried-and-true lessons to make them hands-on and multi-sensory. And you can get started upgrading today with these teaching ideas, articles, product recommendations and more!

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