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Creating an Inclusive Classroom

Recent research by Google found that the single most important factor contributing to innovation by teams was “psychological safety,” a sense of confidence that members of a group will not be embarrassed, rejected, punished, or ridicule...

Rekindling Excitement for Familiar Classes

Each summer, I spend time thinking about what I can improve upon for the fall in teaching American History to high school juniors. This often includes considering how previous students responded to readings and projects, and how I should ap...

Calling All Learners and Teachers for Hour of Code 2017

Chances are high that computer-science literacy will be increasingly relevant for jobs of the future. Some theorists even suggest that the ability to read and write code is a fundamental 21st-century competency. Yet according to an August 2...

2017 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 19

For today’s prompt, write an abundant poem. There are so many instances of abundance in the world: Abundant sunshine; abundant happiness; abundant evil; and in November, abundant poetry! ***** Master Poetic Forms! Learn how to write sesti...

The Week in Review – The Most Popular Posts

Good evening from Maine where the first snowflakes of the 2017-18 winter have started to fly. Whether they love the snow or they hate the snow, everyone around here has a comment about it. I’m in the “love snow” camp and I...

The Writer’s Digest Holiday Gift Guide: 30+ Gifts for Writers

“Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others.”—Booker T. Washington, 1901 The season of giving is nearly upon us, and in our experience, writers can be a challenging crowd to shop for. That’s why we’ve collected a...

3 Fun Strategies for Note Taking

There are few things my students hate more than taking notes—and I don’t blame them. Hardly anyone enjoys taking notes. No matter the energy of the teacher or the diligence of the student, it’s extraordinarily easy to lose focus while...

3 Assumptions Teachers Should Avoid

Assumptions. We all have them. We carry them into the car, into the classroom, into work. Some assumptions operate to save cognitive space: We plan for a working LCD projector, for example, or we assume the copy machine will work. (Not alwa...

11 Essentials for Excellent Digital Portfolios

Portfolios have many benefits: They can aid students in metacognition, reflection, and ownership of learning. But if they’re handled poorly, students and teachers may feel that portfolios are a waste of time. And while some see portfolios...

Weekly Round-Up: Pathways, Publicity, and Poetry

Every week our editors publish around 10 blog posts—but it can be hard to keep up amidst the busyness of everyday life. To make sure you never miss another post, we’ve created a new weekly round-up series. Each Saturday, find the previo...

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