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Four Ways to Begin to Change the Narrative about American Indians in K-12 Instruction

"Are there actual Indians there?" This is a question I often heard when I told people that I was a teacher on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in[...]
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7 Strategies for Building Gratitude in Your Classroom

With childhood depression and anxiety on the rise, many schools and districts are looking to social emotional learning practices to help. A growing[...]
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Infusing Student-Centered Literacy Practices into an Established Curriculum

This is the fifth blog in our Newsela student-centered literacy blog series. You can find the previous installment here and the subsequent, and[...]
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Scaffolding Academic Discussions for English Language Learners

This is the third blog in our Newsela student-centered literacy blog series. You can find the previous installment here and the subsequent[...]
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The Breakout Box Phenomenon- Will This New Teaching Tool and Strategy Benefit My Classroom?

Introduction Over the course of this school year, Ann has been working with her BetterLesson instructional coach, Romain Bertrand, on shifting to a[...]
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You Taught it. They Didn’t Get it. Now What? 5 Strategies to Use When Re-Teaching

As teachers we often find ourselves most frequently using teaching strategies that make us feel comfortable. But what if what we like best doesn’t[...]
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How BetterLesson Coaching and the Open Up Resources Math Curriculum Made My Classroom More Student-Centered

Kim Kellam teaches Accelerated 6/7 Math, Science, and Leadership in the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District in Monterey, California. She met[...]
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The Support that Keeps Rural Teachers in the Classroom

Retaining highly effective teachers is both a challenge and a goal for rural school and district leaders. Research points to one key factor that[...]
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Using Experimentation to Engage Students in the Goal Setting and Reflection Process

Lessons that incorporate experimentation and student choice can transform the learning experience for students. In these lessons students grapple[...]
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