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Whole Child Development Is Undervalued

Desire to learn and effective experimentation characterize the whole child approach, requiring a whole culture to extend these conditions into schooling and adult life.

What Is Personalization, Really?

Personalized learning means student agency, defining curriculum by real-life skills, defining learning expectations, encouraging self-knowledge, and teachers getting to know their students as people.

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.

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.

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.


3 Peaks and 3 Pits of Standards-Based Grading

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Online Professional Development: Beyond PLCs and PLNs

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Modifying the Flipped Classroom: The "In-Class" Version

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What Do "Future Ready" Students Look Like?

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Teach Mindfulness, Invite Happiness

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Too Much Tech, Too Little Human Interaction

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The Flipped Class: Which Tech Tools Are Right For You?

Flipped-Learning Toolkit: Let's Talk Tech

Four content-creation tool categories -- screencasting, tablets, document cameras, and video cameras -- will help your students take flipped learning outside of the classroom.

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The Misguided War on Tenure: Some Peaceful Solutions

Rather than abolishing tenure, we can fix it by improving how it's granted, improving teacher evaluation, and tying salaries to post-tenure review, not seniority.

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Moving Beyond the Textbook

Welcome to the days of OER, PLCs, and student-supported tech as education transitions from static textbooks to connect students' learning with the world around them.

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3 Peaks and 3 Pits of Standards-Based Grading

When one school switched from traditional to standards-based grading, they saw positive changes in mindset, assessments, and communication -- but there's still room for improvement.

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Now Hiring: Flipped Learning Architects

Before flipping your class, think like an architect instead of a video producer, because the medium of instruction ultimately matters less than the desired outcomes.

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Race and Violence Should Be a School-Wide Subject

School leaders should develop a coherent, community-derived message and model for discussing the intersection of race and violence in our society.

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Dissecting the Un-Makerspace: Recycled Learning

Find a new dimension to maker education with an un-makerspace, a classroom set up for dismantling obsolete technology to investigate how it works.

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Edcamps: Remixing Professional Development

Edutopia blogger Andrew Marcinek gives us a personal perspective on how the Edcamp model changed his professional focus, and provides examples of how he's adapted this model for staff, students and community.

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Technology SAMR Model for Administrators - Part 1: Staff Presentations

Use technology to implement the SAMR model (Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, and Redefinition) for clarity and efficiency in presenting to and communicating with school staff.

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News Literacy: Critical-Thinking Skills for the 21st Century

Guest blogger Peter Adams of the News Literacy Project suggests three methods for teaching critical thinking skills and smart media consumption habits to a generation growing up in a climate of information overload.

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How Do I Get a PLN?

Guest blogger Tom Whitby, a 40-year veteran of the teaching profession and an extremely connected educator, offers some basic, practical wisdom about what a PLN is and how to get one.

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ReMaking Education: Designing Classroom Makerspaces for Transformative Learning

Writing teacher, world citizen and guest blogger Stephanie West-Puckett reflects on the idea that, by integrating Maker culture into curriculum, we are transforming how learning happens in our schools.

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Linda Darling-Hammond on Creating a Collaborative Classroom

The Collaborative Classroom: An Interview with Linda Darling-Hammond

The Stanford University education professor says social and emotional learning is a crucial part of teaching the whole child.

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21st Century Schools or 21st Century Learning?

District principal and blogger George Couros suggests that 21st century learning involves far more than redesigning school libraries and purchasing iPads.

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