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Writing Sequels: 7 Rules for Writing Second Installments

Editor’s Note: This article first appeared in Writer’s Digest magazine. Check out the latest issue here or subscribe. Your first book was well received—hooray! But how can you ensure success when writing sequels? These 7 secrets will ...

Polling Students to Check Understanding

Teachers continually search for ways to increase engagement and comprehension in their classrooms. Audience response systems (ARS)—like clickers, for example—can be one tool for achieving those outcomes. ARS have been shown to increase ...

2017 Education Research Highlights

Every year, we hope, researchers gain new insights into what works in the classroom—and what doesn’t. In 2017, a group of scientists made the case for why social and emotional learning is essential in schools. We learned that negative s...

Survive University Like A Medieval King

December 12, 2017, by Anya Survive University Like A Medieval King If there’s one thing medieval kings really cornered the market on, it’s dying in bizarre ways. You might think that these deaths are irrelevant to you, a young student l...

Parent Engagement in the Digital Age

In school districts around the country, handwritten notes, calls home, and face-to-face meetings are rapidly ceding ground to new technologies that better meet the needs of parents and schools. According to a 2016 report, there’s been a s...

3 Literacy Practices That Work

In the post “What Doesn’t Work: Literacy Practices We Should Abandon,” I wrote, “The number one concern that I hear from educators is lack of time, particularly lack of instructional time with students. It’s not surprising that we...

Just Do It: How Teaching Myself is Opening Doors

No, this is not a campaign for Nike, but I hope it does motivate you to get off the couch and do something. Chances are, if you’re a 22-year-old like me, you don’t really know what you’re doing. You’re feeling your way around this t...


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