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Teaching Social Justice: 25 Books To Encourage Students To Change The World

Teaching Social Justice: 25 Books To Encourage Students To Change The World by TeachThought Staff What are the kinds of ideas that convince people that they can change the world? What about students–what kinds of inspiration or knowledge or confidence or vision do they need to believe they can affect real change in their community? […]

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The 20-20-20 Rule: Why Students Need To Take Screen Breaks

The 20-20-20 Rule: Why Students Need To Take Screen Breaks contributed by Jenna Smith Many students turn to online charter schools because of the flexibility those programs offer. In online schooling, they can schedule class time around what works for them, integrating their passions or responsibilities into their day. On the outside, it might seem […]

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7 Skills Students Will Always Need

7 Skills Students Will Always Need by Jennifer Rita Nichols Ed note: This post has been updated from a 2013 post. As educators, we constantly strive to prepare our students for the ‘real world’ that exists around them. We teach them how to read, write, and calculate. Then, of course, there are the less tangible […]
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4 Things All Project-Based Learning Teachers Should Do

4 Things All Project-Based Learning Teachers Should Do contributed by Lauren Ayer, M.Ed. Gone are the days when students were expected to sit passively at desks while teachers lectured endlessly, expecting children to soak up the information being thrown at them. In today’s educational environment, students are expected to collaborate, think critically, and work together […]

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5 Tips For Teaching With Art In Any Subject Area

5 Tips For Teaching With Art In Any Subject Area contributed by Nicola Giardina, TeachThought PD Facilitator Art inquiry is a powerful way to engage students with diverse learning needs, improve critical thinking and social-emotional skills and make learning relevant to students’ lives. Yet many teachers shy away from teaching with art, which causes their […]

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Poem From 10-Year-Old Dyslexic Student Emphasizes Power Of Perspective

Poem By 10-Year-Old With Dyslexia Emphasizes Power Of Perspective by TeachThought Staff I was reading it backwards like “life in it make can I” and was like…. this doesn’t make any sense and then I realised. Why is this child more intelligent than me — Calum McSwiggan (@CalumMcSwiggan) February 27, 2019 Dyslexia I am stupid. […]

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An App To Help Students Practice Social Skills

Overview A basic app to help students 4+ to practice what is ‘appropriate’ or not in certain social situations Platforms: iOS:iPhone   iOS: iPad  Android Cost: Free with in-app purchases Developer Description The “Say It… Or Not?” app helps children with autism understand and practice what to say… and what not to say… in real-life […]

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25 Ways Schools Can Promote Literacy And Independent Reading

25 Ways Schools Can Promote Literacy Independent Reading  contributed by Kimberly Tyson, Ph.D. In the age of the Common Core and its emphasis upon having students take on more challenging text, independent reading and student choice can easily take a back seat to the demands of increased rigor. However, in a balanced literacy program, they […]

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How A Simple Checklist Can Improve Learning

How A Simple Checklist Can Improve Learning by TeachThought Staff From reminding us of what to pack for a trip to helping doctors perform surgery, checklists are crucial for projects that require sequential steps or a series of tasks. As Atul Gawande points out in his book ‘Checklist Manifesto‘ (affiliate link), checklists break down complex […]

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Modern Trends In Education: 50 Different Approaches To Learning

Modern Trends In Education: 50 Different Approaches To Learning by Lisa Chesser, opencolleges.edu.au This post has been updated, slightly revised, and republished from a previous posting Education sprouts in many forms depending on how you look at it. Our views of what it should look like and how it should materialize depend on our value […]

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