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The Great Gingerbread House Project

The weeks leading up to winter break can be a challenging time to keep kids motivated at school. It can feel like you lose precious teaching time because they’re distracted and anxious for the holidays to begin. A weeklong hands-on, cumul...

The Future of Coding in Schools

For more than three decades, Mitch Resnick has immersed himself in educational technology and innovative learning models. Now a professor at the MIT Media Lab, and a co-creator of the popular Scratch programming language, Resnick remains a ...

How to Identify Fake News: Crossing the Credibility Chasm with PEN America

[Register for the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference today!] Thanks to the way we consume news today—largely through social media—weeding out what info is real and what’s fake is more difficult than ever. While social media has creat...

5 Things to Consider Before Publishing Your Book

Special Advertising Note: The following sponsored content is brought to you by IngramSpark. Throughout November, thousands of writers fought the noble fight to complete a book for National Novel Writing Month. If one of those writers was y...

Three Puzzle Templates That Help Students See Content Connections

Russel Tarr publishes a lot of great educational games and instructional templates on ClassTools.net. Among those templates are three activities designed to help students see the connections between events, people, places, and ideas within ...

5 Writing Perspectives to Be Thankful For

Every day at Writer’s Digest, I’m particularly thankful that I get to read about writing and edit some really skilled teachers and experts. The varied perspectives, voices and authorities on the craft keep me on my toes and enrich my ex...

Feeling Festive: Fun Winter Activities

November 23, 2017, by Chloe Feeling Festive: Fun Winter Activities Last year I barely noticed Christmas was approaching until the last week of term… this year its constantly on my mind! Maybe it’s the amount of deadlines I have before t...

How Metacognition Boosts Learning

Strategies that target students’ metacognition—the ability to think about thinking—can close a gap that some students experience between how prepared they feel for a test and how prepared they actually are. In a new study, students in...

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...

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...

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