Thoughtful Classroom suites provide powerful content that drives professional learning and helps schools establish a common language for improving instruction.


The Four Cornerstones of Effective Learning Environments

When it comes to student behavior and achievement, the classroom environment you establish makes all the difference.

Build and reinforce a successful learning culture with simple, practical tools for
  • Establishing organization, rules, and procedures.
  • Building positive relationships.
  • Increasing engagement and enjoyment.
  • Developing a culture of thinking and learning.

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Learn from the experience and expertise of the Thoughtful Classroom Team

The Instructional Designer’s Toolbox

On-demand tools and resources for building high-quality learning designs

A powerful new resource for
  • Creating more engaging lessons and units.
  • Transforming standards into student-friendly learning targets.
  • Integrating instruction and assessment into a cohesive design.
  • Solving the most common challenges in learning design using classroom-tested tools.

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Learn from today's leading expert on instruction — Harvey F. Silver

Tools & Strategies for Active,
In-Depth Learning

Learning is an active process. If we expect students to comprehend and remember what they learn, then we need to engage them in thinking actively and deeply about the content. This suite provides teachers with over 35 classroom-tested tools and strategies designed to increase engagement, deepen learning, and build key thinking skills. Specific topics include
  • Tools and Strategies for Improving Reading Comprehension
  • Tools and Strategies for Unlocking the Power of Comparative Thinking
  • Tools and Strategies for Helping Students Connect Personally To Learning
  • Tools and Strategies for Promoting Classroom Inquiry
  • What’s the Big Idea? Tools and Strategies for Concept-Based Teaching
  • From Note Taking to Note Making: Tools and Strategies for Helping Students Use Notes as Thinking and Learning Tools

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Designed and delivered by two of today's top education experts.

Customize Your Own Online Learning Suite

Let us work with your leadership team to curate a collection of videos, tools, planning guides, and classroom resources designed to meet your unique needs and goals.

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  • Select a targeted set of tools aligned to your school improvement plan

  • Build a customized library of classroom-proven resources

  • Add new tools and resources as your goals evolve

For many schools, establishing a PD partnership with the Thoughtful Classroom is the key to unlocking the full potential of the tools and strategies presented in the suites. Led by renowned instructional expert, Dr. Harvey Silver, our team of coaches, trainers, and consultants work directly with partner schools to help . . .
  • School and district leaders address improvement goals and ensure successful implementation.
  • Instructional leaders increase their capacity to support teachers.
  • Teachers build and refine their repertoire of tools and strategies.

Our Thoughtful Classroom team has been helping schools solve problems of practice and raise achievement for over 45 years. You can count on us to personalize training and coaching so that it works for your teachers and leaders.

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Tools for Today’s Educators Book Series

Get the powerful and practical tools from our online suites in your hands.

Our award-winning line of Tools books is founded on a recognition that too often goes unstated: teaching is hard work. That’s why we’ve spent well over forty-five years working with educators to turn the best educational research into practical tools—powerful techniques that address common classroom challenges and easily integrate into current lessons and units.
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