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July 19, 2017

Meet a Teacher Who Is Using Plants to Change Students' Lives

A teacher in the South Bronx borough of New York City built his classroom curriculum around the garden. A decade later, the seeds he planted have grown into a movement.

June 30, 2017

Can Computer Simulations Help Teachers Intervene With Suicidal Students?

A program used by 11,000 schools across the country simulates conversations about mental health between students and educators.

June 22, 2017

At One Houston School, Teaching Job Candidates Must 'Escape the Interview'

The school mimicked the popular adventure game, Escape the Room, as part of its hiring process to gauge candidates' collaboration skills and creativity.

May 11, 2017

Do Fidget Spinners Belong in the Classroom? Teachers Are Divided

Fidgets spinners are supposed to help students sit still and focus. But many teachers say it's having the exact opposite effect.

April 26, 2017

How Can Teachers Use a 3-D Printer in Class? 5th Grade Class Used It for Service

The 2016-17 Milken Educator Award recipient shares how her class used a 3-D printer to build a little girl's prosthetic hand.

April 19, 2017

Joyful Schools: What One U.S. Educator Learned From Teaching in Finland

A U.S. educator unpacks the lessons teachers can draw from Finnish classrooms—including the secret to joyful teaching and happier students.

March 24, 2017

Location Can Determine How Successfully Teachers Work Together, Study Finds

A study by Northwestern University finds that teachers' physical proximity to one another plays an important role in the way they interact and, ultimately, in how successful they are at collaborating.

February 09, 2017

Can Teachers Outsource Grading? Two Educators Explain What That Looks Like

Two educators in Michigan share how their schools have removed grading from teachers' responsibilities.

February 03, 2017

'Uber for Substitutes' Promises to Enrich Learning When the Teacher Is Away

The substitute-teacher model creates less work for classroom teachers and makes sure students experience authentic learning when their teacher is gone, its founder says.

January 25, 2017

Seven Steps to Make Your Classroom More Like a Google Workplace

One way to improve students' happiness and performance is to revamp the classroom to look more like the top companies in the United States, says an innovation think tank.

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