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Jigsaw Cooperative Learning Technique

We love the Jigsaw Technique! There are many positive things about learning with this strategy. Students must connect, reflect, and share their...

Problem-Based Learning (PBL) Lesson Example: Soft Landing

Getting tired of the old egg drop experiment? This problem-based lesson plan generated from a partnership between the Boeing Company and The...

Lesson Example: Quieting Sound

This lesson plan from The Teaching Channel explores the world of sound and allows your students to get their hands dirty. This 10 day unit...

Teaching 3rd Grade ELA with Tech

Technology marries well with the concepts and methods of Project Based Learning. This video from the Ohio Department of Education showcases a 3rd...

Lesson Example: Waste Less Food

"The Ohio Teacher Showcase Project highlights ways that Ohio teachers are using technology to support student learning of specific content from...

6 Questions for Inquiry-based Learning

This resource from Teach Thought provides some excellent strategies for teachers to help guide their students in inquiry-based learning. You will...

Strategy: Reverse Brainstorming

Reverse brainstorming is a good technique to try when it is difficult to identify solutions to the problem directly.  Instead of asking, "How do...

Current Events in Historical Context

This resource, from UC Davis' Historical-Social Science Project, provides some excellent resources for teaching current events in today's classroom....

Evidence and Arguments: A Fishbowl Activity in Action

Maneuvering towards student understanding of a text's main ideas and primary arguments is an age-old teacher challenge.  One way to further...

Reactive Listening

This video, from Common Sense Education, is all about getting kids to be reactive listeners. When you show video in your classroom, you want your...

Getting Started with Sphero

Get student inquiry rolling with Sphero!  This little robot packs a big punch, allowing students opportunities to think critically and produce...

Why You Should Flip Your Classroom

Do you consider "flipping the classroom" as an educational buzzword?  Yes, we get that. However, when practiced correctly, a flipped classroom can...

5 Tips to Improve Your Critical Thinking

"Every day, a sea of decisions stretches before us, and it's impossible to make a perfect choice every time.  But there are many ways to improve our...

12 Strategies for Teaching Critical Thinking Skills

Critical thinking is a vital skill for our students' future success in the real world. It teaches them to formulate and express their own opinions,...

Stop Teaching Students What to Think. Teach Them How to Think

"Memorization of facts is pointless in a world where everyone carries around the entire knowledge base of the human species on their person."This...