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We are dedicated to providing the most effective educational resources. We know students are as varied as the educators who teach them, and we strive to support all educators through these meaningful differences. We don’t want to tell you what (not) to do; instead, we want to show how others in similar positions have found success through their own projects and initiatives.

  • How to Strengthen Students’ Analytical Skills Outside of a Writing Assignment

    Posted March 23, 2017

    Most students struggle with analysis — observing a set of facts and interpreting what they mean. Given that almost any writing assignment, from a middle school book report to a doctoral dissertation, requires analysis, it’s incumbent on teachers to help students improve their analytical skills. Students often do a fairly decent job of identifying facts…

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  • 5 Ways to Involve the Community in Your Classroom

    Posted March 22, 2017

    Connecting your students to their local community gives them real-world experiences and helps you maximize available resources. Young people develop a sense of civic duty when they see first-hand what their community has to offer and what they have to offer to their community. Here are some ideas to get you started. Bring the museum…

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  • How Do We Teach Civics in Such a Polarized Political Climate?

    Posted March 21, 2017

    America’s political polarization makes teaching civics feel like navigating a minefield these days. Wary of upsetting parents or students, instructors may be looking more toward the elections of the 19th century than those of the 21st. While historical events are essential to students’ understanding of modern governance, it is equally important that civics or history…

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  • 8 Tips for Building Successful Project-Based Learning Units

    Posted March 10, 2017

    Designing a successful project-based learning unit can seem like a daunting task. We want it to be innovative, full of 21st-century learning skills, and so meaningful that our students proudly remember every detail for the rest of the year. But how do we accomplish all this? These eight tips can keep you moving in the…

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  • Poetic Justice: Pushing Poetry Beyond the Bounds of Language Arts Class

    Posted March 8, 2017

    The first piece of writing I ever memorized was a poem. These days, students have a more mixed view of poetry and give the form very little thought, but it doesn’t have to be that way. April is National Poetry Month, which makes it a good time to expose classes to poetry in unexpected places….

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  • Snow Day Delay: Revising and Adjusting When Weather Interrupts Classroom Plans

    Posted March 1, 2017

    While we might dream of great white mounds of snow forcing schools to close, snow days often throw an unexpected kink into lesson planning. December and January have the highest rates of snow days nationwide, but late-spring snowstorms are notorious for catching us off guard in cold-weather climes. Here are a few tips for making…

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  • To Help English Learners, You Need Ways to Reduce their Affective Filter

    Posted February 27, 2017

    If you’ve ever struggled to speak another language in a foreign country, then you have an idea of how nerve-wracking school can be for English learners. The stress you experience creates what experts call the affective filter — an emotional response that can lock down the mental processes of learning a new language. Stephen Krashen,…

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  • How to Engage the ‘Hiding-Out’ Students in Your Class

    Posted February 23, 2017

    No matter how engaging we think our best lesson plan is, a couple of students won’t participate. How do we draw them out of their shells and get them to stop “hiding out?” I’ve found the key is to approach each of them with curiosity and a desire to connect. Why students ‘hide out’ in…

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  • Looking Back, Looking Forward: Promoting Student Growth via Reflection

    Posted December 5, 2016

    A lot of teachers like to encourage reflection among their students. After all, taking the time to reflect on experiences is integral to the learning process. Ideally, reflection lets students consider current ideas and explore how their knowledge is evolving. The key to effective reflection is to make sure you’re considering why your students are…

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  • ‘When Am I Going to Use This?’: Building Cross-Curricular Lesson Plans

    Posted November 28, 2016

    On our way to school today, my daughter joined a time-honored tradition of student pushback, uttering, “But when am I going to use this?” I understand her frustration. As an educator, I’m in a unique position to see evidence of the skills I’m teaching students in a variety of content areas. For some students, though,…

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  • Preschool: Play-Based vs. Academic Models

    Posted December 23, 2015

    Early childhood education is incredibly important to a child’s future academic and professional success, which is why many education advocates point to preschool as a crucial point of entry that gives children the means to succeed later in life. There is no single teaching method that guarantees success in preschool. Instead, teachers rely on multiple…

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  • 4 Effective Learning Models for Students

    Posted February 3, 2015

    Each student is different, and when it comes to learning styles, the ones that prove the most effective depend on who is being taught. One of the ways in which teachers can maximize the effectiveness of their time in the classroom is to rotate the types of instruction that they’re using, making sure that there…

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  • 2015 New Year’s Resolutions: Concordia Education Students Declare Their Resolutions

    Posted December 23, 2014

    Do you have any resolutions for the New Year? Have you written them down? Research by clinical psychologist Gail Matthews shows when you write down your goals, you are more likely to be successful. If this theory holds true, the Concordia Portland Educator’s Facebook communities are well on their way to success in the New…

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  • How to Engage Gifted and Talented Students in the Classroom

    Posted October 8, 2014

    Giftedness is an intellectual ability significantly higher than average. The federal government defines gifted children as “those who give evidence of high achievement capability in such areas as intellectual, creative, artistic, or leadership capacity, or in specific academic fields.” However, there aren’t any national standards for identifying gifted students, and it’s usually left to states…

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  • What is Differentiated Instruction? Examples of How to Differentiate Instruction in the Classroom

    Posted October 1, 2014

    Just as everyone has a unique fingerprint, each student has an individual style of learning. Not all students in a classroom learn a subject in the same way or share the same level of ability. Differentiated instruction is a method of designing and delivering instruction to best reach each student. Carol Ann Tomlinson is a…

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  • Creating Better Online Students: A Guide for Teachers

    Posted August 20, 2014

    It’s been said before: Students today cannot properly correspond in academic environments. As a writing instructor who teaches some of my classes online, I have commiserated with colleagues over the lack of consideration and time students put into their communications. While it’s easy to blame a younger generation for their inability to communicate effectively, in…

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  • Schools as Complex Ecosystems: Connected Environments for Learning

    Posted April 4, 2014

    To really understand any subject, blogger and special education teacher Mark Anderson likes to think in the biggest picture possible. “I was starting to think about these schools as being incredible complex environments,” said Anderson, who teaches in the Bronx in New York City. “We often think of them as these top-down places with policy…

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  • Is Math a Good Fit for Project-Based Learning? This Educator says Yes

    Posted March 28, 2014

    Math education professor David Coffey isn’t one to tell teachers — new or experienced — how to best reach students. He just wants them to make sure they are reaching their students. “I try to be accepting of the fact that I know there are effective teachers who use lectures,” Coffey said. For his teachers-to-be…

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  • Two Teachers Learn the Value of Teaming Up

    Posted February 18, 2014

    When Jody Passanisi and Shara Peters first met through a mentoring program, they didn’t know that they had just met the one — their teaching life partner. But it turned out that way. Shara was finishing up the credentialing program at Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles, where Jody had also studied, when she was…

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  • Teacher of the Year, Nancy Flanagan, Touts the Power of Self-Reflection

    Posted February 12, 2014

    Being a teacher takes more than a passing grade on a skills test. Subject knowledge is important and idealism is great, but neither are enough to get a teacher through a career in the classroom, Nancy Flanagan says. Flanagan knows what makes a successful teacher. She spent 30 years in classrooms, earned Michigan Teacher of…

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