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Our Favorite Reads: Teaching Strategies

Welcome to the latest edition of the Stories that Inspired Us newsletter, where we take a look back at some stories that had a strong impact on us and our readers.

This month we’re taking a look at articles with tangible, actionable teaching strategies you can implement in your classroom or share with a colleague.

Redefining Blended Learning

Featuring Dr. Doug Fisher, Cassondra Corbin-Thaddies, and Nicolle Stearns

“Think about ways you can create agency for students. How and where can you leverage technology to provide students with more meaningful decision-making in your instructional practice? Also consider authenticity. When students ask, “why do I have to do this?” use technology to make connections to classroom activity and what matters to students in their lives.”

🌟 Read Redefining Blended Learning here.

Why Instructional Routines Work

“Think of routines as a tool for designing learning experiences. They should ease your workflow and set expectations for the class while also creating opportunities for all learners. Students should be aware of and involved in the learning process during routines and should have clear roles and expectations (Bulgren & Scanlon, 1998). Routines can be explicitly taught, modeled, or work through cues understood by students and teachers (Leinhardt, Weidman, & Hammond, 1987).”

🌟 Read Why Instructional Routines Work here.

Brain-Based Learning Strategies to Try in Your Classroom Today

“If we understand how the brain takes in, processes, stores, and recalls information, we can help students learn efficiently by tailoring instruction according to those functions. It’s about designing instruction to match the brain’s capabilities. Neuroscience can help teachers (and their students!) work smarter, not harder.”

🌟 Read Brain-Based Learning Strategies to Try in Your Classroom Today here.

Why Use Augmented Reality in the Classroom, From an Early Adopter

By Tim Needles, STEAM Teacher

“Why did I begin using AR, as it is commonly abbreviated, in class? The answer is curiosity. I suspected that it was an important up-and-coming technology, so I wanted to have an understanding of how it worked, but I also found the interactivity filled with potential.”

🌟 Read Why Use Augmented Reality in the Classroom, From an Early Adopter here.




Resources, ideas, and stories for PreK-12 educators. We focus on educational equity, social and emotional learning, and evidence-based teaching strategies. Be sure to check out The Art of Teaching Project, our guest blogging platform for all educators.

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