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With so many classroom research studies published daily, you can be forgiven for missing some. The techniques below are super-tactical and, for the most part, unsung strategies that you’ll be excited to try tomorrow. Just remember two things. First, there are always limitations and nuances in research, so we suggest you click the links and dig deeper into the studies. Second, studies are just words without you—your application and adaptations give them power. Research on Engaging Students 1. 2. 3. Studying Tips to Give Students Tomorrow 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. Instruction They’ll Remember 12. 13. 14. 15. Improving Academic Achievement Scores 16. 17. How to Minimize Teacher Stress 18. 19. Don’t Contribute to Needless Cognitive Strain 20. 21. 22. 23. Research on Writing Instruction 24. 25. 26.

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