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Edutopias Top Stories from April

May 07, 2019 jjamison

Between spring break, standardized tests, and egg dyeing, it's possible that you missed some of our best—and most discussed—content last month. Not to worry: We've got you covered with this recap of our eight top stories from April.

Remind students: There's no such thing as successful multitasking.
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5 Research-Backed Studying Techniques

Teachers can guide students to avoid ineffective studying habits in favor of ones that will increase their learning outcomes.


Easy ways to get kids moving
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Activities That Prime the Brain for Learning

Brain breaks and focused attention practices help students feel relaxed and alert and ready to learn.


Your students can improve on this.
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Building a Better Word Wall

Transferring ownership of the class word wall to the students can increase their engagement and learning.


An approach that emphasizes student agency and self-directed learning
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A Public School Transitions to Montessori

In rural South Carolina, a Title I school makes the leap to become a Montessori school.


These practices benefit both ELLs and native English speakers.
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6 Essential Strategies for Teaching English Language Learners

We interviewed educators with decades of experience in teaching ELLs and tapped a network of experts and observers to find the strategies that work.


A good organizational system is key.
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Designing Flexible Seating With Students

A veteran elementary teacher shares what he's learned from eight years of building a student-centered environment.


Ensure that your policy benefits students.
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Allowing Test Retakes—Without Getting Gamed

Hundreds of teachers discussed the best ways to guide students toward mastery—without being taken advantage of.


Going paperless means less stuff for students to keep track of.
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Helping Students With ADHD Stay Organized

Digital portals like Google Classroom and Moodle can benefit students who struggle with organization and executive function.

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