Deliberately Planning Play for Learning

Play-based learning is used a lot in the educational community, especially in the early childhood years. But what exactly does it mean? There’s no doubt that children need time to just be children and to play without boundaries or expectations. However, play can also be guided by the teacher in meaningful ways. This is where […]

Teaching Students to Evaluate Websites

Perceptive adults and savvy students know that saying something doesn’t make it a fact, and neither does publishing information on the internet. But how to know which websites are sharing accurate information? As middle and high school students conduct research or access the internet on their own time, they need to be able to determine […]

How to Make Your Equity Policy a Reality

In the past two years, school districts across the country have been moved to write equity policies or pass resolutions to publicly commit to being a more equitable district. Unfortunately, for some districts, the work stopped there. Now, many community members inside and outside of the district are likely to see the approval as nothing […]

Effective Uses of Technology in Elementary School

Following months of virtual schooling and tuning in to a device for synchronous and asynchronous learning, many teachers and students have been happy this year to move away from digital experiences and return to analog learning activities. Many elementary school activities engage children in hands-on, dynamic activities that do not require the use of technology, […]

Setting Up a Disability-Inclusive Curriculum

As a person with a disability, I (Nikhil) have grown up surrounded by nondisabled figures in the media and in my daily life. As I get closer to reaching adulthood, I’ve become increasingly aware of the lack of representation of people like me who live with disability every day. While schools make accommodations to the […]

A Simple, Effective Framework for PBL

Teachers trying their hand at project-based learning (PBL) may be uncertain as to how to strengthen their project ideas and make them the best possible learning experiences for students. For teachers without access to training, a research-informed framework for PBL and a few strategies for defining and organizing the student experience can considerably improve outcomes. […]

3 Keys to Evolving as a Lifelong Learner

If there is one phrase that is most universal in teacher-prep programs, it’s probably “lifelong learner.” And it’s true—when we head off to our first teaching assignment, we are not finished learning by a long shot. In fact, the journey is just beginning. But what we don’t often hear is that part of being a […]

3 Strategies to Get Students Talking in Math Classrooms

Math teachers often focus on having students complete problems in writing, rather than talking through their thought processes. However, if students are not talking and explaining in math class, they are not truly understanding. Luckily, there are some routines that can be implemented in math classrooms to increase student voice. The routines discussed here are […]

The Masked Teacher

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, face masks have been a primary tool for preventing infection spread. In classrooms, however, they’ve created barriers to authentic interactions because of muffled speech and sounds that can lead to an overall “dehumanizing” effect. Despite difficulties with masks, teachers can still engage students and build rapport. While some of the following strategies […]