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A Look Inside the Classroom of the Future

To educate students for 21st-century careers, educators should be using real-world case studies, embracing complexity, practicing empathy, integrating technology, and encouraging reflection.

Innovation: Significant Positive Change

Educational innovation means finding new, positive, impactful ways to rethink roles and responsibilities, create meaningful learning opportunities, and enable students to untangle complexity.

The Pygmalion Effect: Communicating High Expectations

Research shows that positive expectations will influence performance positively. Start modeling excellence, celebrating small victories, and refusing to accept failure -- and watch what happens.

Edutopia's Top 10 for 2014

By the numbers, our community was all about tips and strategies in 2014, even as members' thoughtful, passionate conversations exploded across our social media channels.

Preparing Your Students for the Challenges of Tomorrow

Here are six ways to prepare students for their future, including the ability to collaborate, evaluate information accuracy, and make every day a learning experience.

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8 Myths That Undermine Educational Effectiveness

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21st-Century Libraries: The Learning Commons

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A Look Inside the Classroom of the Future

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It's Time to Start an Online Program

Online programs are becoming easier to integrate because, with each year, districts have more successful models to follow and more resources from which to choose.

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5 Fantastic, Fast Formative Assessment Tools

With tools like Socrative, Kahoot, Zaption, Chatzy, and Plickers, teachers can use tech for immediate feedback about how students are learning and understanding the lesson.

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21st-Century Libraries: The Learning Commons

Libraries become a different kind of learning destination when schools reimagine them as open, transparent spaces that invite student communication and collaboration.

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O Captain! My Captain! Where Has Teaching Gone?

To understand the changing nature of 21st-century teaching, consider how these elements define your school culture: scheduling, budget, programming, and student POV.

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What's the Point of Assessment?

For meaningful, effective assessment, teachers must clarify expectations, differentiate to ensure student success, and make the test less of a statement about their teaching.

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A Delectable and Academically Integrated School Lunch?

NYC's Calhoun School serves healthy lunches that are educational, affordable, and eagerly anticipated by students. Their lead chef also describes how the program is scalable.

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Open Educational Resources Meet Instructional Design

To find the best OER, consider the skills you're teaching, how content aligns with standards, ease of assessment, and whether you'll provide an active, creative experience.

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Project-Based Learning: An Overview
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Project-Based Learning: An Overview

Seymour Papert, a distinguished professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is among a growing group of scholars who support project-based learning.

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Free Resources and Tools for "Authentic" Assessment

New York's School of the Future shares their assessment plans and rubrics, classroom projects, schedules, web links, and other resources to help you implement "authentic" assessment today.

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Using Webb's Depth of Knowledge to Increase Rigor

Norman Webb's Depth of Knowledge Levels is a system that categorizes tasks according to the complexity of thinking required to successfully complete them.

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Use Arts Integration to Enhance Common Core

Arts integration specialist Susan Riley looks at some of the ways in which teaching with the arts can meet and enhance Common Core requirements.

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True Grit: The Best Measure of Success and How to Teach It

Edutopia blogger Vicki Davis identifies the nature of grit, its necessity and value of grit in education, and ten ways of teaching students to develop their own grit.

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Powerful Learning: Studies Show Deep Understanding Derives from Collaborative Methods

Cooperative learning and inquiry-based teaching yield big dividends in the classroom. And now we have the research to prove it.

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Homework, Sleep, and the Student Brain

Guest blogger Glenn Whitman, Director of the Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning, suggests a scientific approach to manageable homework: students should do it without interruption, and schools shouldn't assign too much of it.

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