Common Core, Critical Thinking and Aesop’s Fables

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Guest blogger and children's author Vincent Mastro uses Aesop's fables as a jumping-off point for teaching critical thinking when he asks young students 'what if?' and filters their answers through 'it depends.'

Earth Day: Teaching Students to Preserve the Environment

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Earth Day: Teaching Students to Preserve the EnvironmentEvery year on April 22 people across the globe take part in Earth Day.

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Earth Day is April 22. Here are a few activities and ideas you can use to help teach your students about our beautiful planet, and help them understand why we must work to preserve the environment.

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It’s Time for Social and Emotional Learning for All

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Edutopia blogger Elena Aguilar makes a case for social and emotional learning for adults as well as children on all school campuses.

We Are All Artists

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Edutopia blogger Josh Block reflects on the innate human ability for creative expression and shares six arts integration strategies through which he helps his students understand that they, too, are artists.

Understanding Assessment: Resources for Parents

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We've compiled a resources list to help families understand various uses of assessment in schools, what questions to ask, how to help children prepare, and all about standardized tests. (Updated: 4/2014)

Arms Wide Open: Talking to Kids About Tragedy

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Talking to students about tragedy

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Elementary, intermediate and high school teachers wear many hats on a daily basis, but after tragedy strikes, like the Boston Marathon bombing, educators at every level become so much more to their charges. In a matter of minutes they must go from teacher to counselor. Here are a few strategies you can use to help your students deal with tragic news.

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Supporting Student Resilience in the Classroom

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Guest blogger Steve Gardiner, a high school English and journalism teacher, looks at the benefits of a resilient mindset and shows how, through modeling confidence and giving a sense of autonomy, teachers can foster student resilience.

Resources for Assessment in Project-Based Learning

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Looking for tools and strategies for effective assessment in project-based learning? To support you, we've assembled this guide to helpful resources from Edutopia and beyond.

The First Infographic Made by Kids! [National Library Week]

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The First Infographic Made By Kids!Happy National Library Week!

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To help celebrate National Library Week, we teamed up with teacher bloggers across the country to create the First Infographic Made by Kids! Together, we completed over 1,000 student surveys to find out what stories and characters K-5th grade students love, what they’d like to learn more about and how technology plays a role in their education.

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Outdoor Mindfulness Exercises for Earth Day

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Guest blogger Patrick Cook Deegan, a mindfulness mentor and consultant, teaches students about Earth Day by bringing them outside and engaging their senses. He shares six easy steps to help your class appreciate their natural surroundings.

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