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50 Smart Ideas For Project-Based Learning

A Better List Of Ideas For Project-Based Learning by TeachThought Staff This post has been updated with new ideas and clearer formatting At TeachThought, we’re huge fans of project-based learning. While there is no magic bullet of practice, program, or framework that automatically produces progressive and effective learning, what makes project-based learning exceptional is its …

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42 Fill-in-the-Blank Prompts For Students To Design Their Own Projects

42 Fill-in-the-Blank Prompts For Students To Design Their Own Projects by Terry Heick So often, we make learning more complicated than it has to be. Local planning requirements are usually at fault here–plan this way and prove that you’ve done so here and here, fill out this and this, etc. Those legitimate concerns aside, the …

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Authenticity Matters: 12 Ideas To Make Learning ‘Real-World’

Authenticity Matters: 12 Ideas To Make Learning ‘Real-World’ contributed by Shireen Jaffer As educators, we have all had at least one student approach us with the question, “How will this help me in the real world?” Every year, teachers are reminded of the academic requirements they must help their students fulfill. These requirements typically involve …

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27 Ideas For Students Who Finish Their Work Early

27 Ideas For Students Who Finish Their Work Early by TeachThought Staff How to respond when students finish their work early is a classic teacher challenge. Most of it boils down to lesson design–creating learning opportunities where students are naturally funneled toward extending, improving, and sharing their work so that ‘stopping points’ are more of …

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6 Technology-Based Poetry Ideas For Students That Think They Hate Poetry

6 Technology-Based Poetry Ideas For Students That Think They Hate Poetry by Brett Vogelsinger, English Teacher It’s safe to say that of all the genres of literature we study in school, poetry is the most scary–and not just for the students. Sometimes poetry gets a bad rap for being too dense, too pretentious, too much …

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Where Good Ideas Come From & How Your Classroom Can Respond

Where Good Ideas Come From & How Your Classroom Can Respond by TeachThought Staff The source for innovative or creative thinking is as much as mystery as that of curiosity or particular genius. In a traditional classroom, “having a good idea” is strangely not valued as much as the ability to demonstrate proficiency with a …

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5 Ideas For Using Infographics To Teach Classic Literature

5 Ideas For Using Infographics To Teach Classic Literature by Dawn Casey-Rowe for easel.ly If you’re the English teacher or drama coach, you’re probably pretty up on your Hamlet and MacBeth. The rest of us–not so much.   These works can be pretty daunting for students and mere mortals alike. Even with Sparknotes, Thugnotes, and …

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6 Technology Integration Ideas For Any Content Area And Grade Level

6 Technology Integration Ideas For Any Content Area & Grade Level contributed by Simon Blower Declining attention span as a result of increasing use of smartphones and social media are just a few challenges teachers deal with in the modern classroom. Children today deal with more stimuli around them than ever before. Mobile phones, tablets, …

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50 Ideas And Resources For More Visual Learning

50 Ideas And Resources For More Visual Learning by Terry Heick Though the idea of learning styles has fallen from favor in education circles due to a lack of compelling research data that supports its effectiveness, there’s quite of bit of misunderstanding about it all. First, some clarity. ‘Learning styles’ imply that certain students learn more effectively …

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