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Education Trends

What needs are emerging and being identified? How are forward-thinking educators meeting them? Follow the early adopters here.

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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21st-Century Libraries: The Learning Commons

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A Look Inside the Classroom of the Future

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O Captain! My Captain! Where Has Teaching Gone?

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Less Is More: The Value of a Teacher's Time

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Equity in Education: Where to Begin?

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Elementary Financial Literacy: Lesson Ideas and Resources

Guest blogger Brian Page, a high school economics teacher, presents three resources for teaching financial literacy to elementary students, including websites by the President's Advisory Council on Financial Capability and financier Warren Buffett.

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Rethinking Class Ranking

Edutopia blogger Anne OBrien proposes that while recognizing academic achievement is important, so is acknowledging other valuable skills and traits that are key to students' future success.

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Elementary School Children are "Getting Things Done"

Guest blogger Mark Wallace describes introducing David Allen's Getting Things Done model to his upper-grades elementary classroom, with the idea of better preparing students for a knowledge-based world through this stress-free productivity practice.

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Tear Down That Wall: Joining the Global Classroom Community to Instill Global Citizenship

Guest blogger, traveler, teacher and speaker Adam Carter introduces three web-based platforms for connecting classrooms around the world, which he calls the first step in the hands-on communication and collaboration of global citizenship.

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

Guest blogger Jennifer Gonzalez proposes the In-Class Flip, a modified version of the flipped-learning model that incorporates the video lecture element as one of several stations that students visit during their class period.

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Rethinking Independent Schools in the 21st Century

Guest blogger and global ed specialist Homa Tavangar, in rethinking her lifelong assumptions about private schools, measures 21st century independent education by four criteria: collaboration, partnership, character education and experiential...

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Gamification in Education

Edutopia blogger Vicki Davis and her high school students are exploring what makes games effective for classroom use. As of this blog, they've come up with six essential elements, but their task is far from complete.

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Change the Subject: Making the Case for Project-Based Learning

High Tech High's Larry Rosenstock and Rob Riordan advocate for providing students with 21st-century skills, instead of focusing just on mastery of the "big four" subject areas -- science, math, English, and social studies.

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Why Should We Care About Vocational Education?

Blogger Mark Phillips looks at vocational education, the ingrained academic bias against it, and the importance of presenting young people with career training opportunities.

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Five-Minute Film Festival: TED Talks for Teachers

Resources for teaching and learning with TED Talks.

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Authentic Assessment: What You Can Do in 5 minutes, 5 days, 5 months, 5 years . . .

How you can replicate authentic assessment with the resources and time that you have.

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Is Cursive Writing Cursed with Extinction?

With digital media, cursive writing is going the way of the covered wagon -- but at what cost?

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Common Core Big Idea Series 2: The Standards Are Not Curriculum

In this second of a five-part series, educators Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins note that educators will be called on to translate the Common Core standards into curriculum.

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Enter the 36 Chambers of Teaching (What We Can Learn from the Wu-Tang Clan)

Edutopia blogger Jose Vilson, drawing on the Wu-Tang Clan for inspiration, suggests that the world of education could learn a few practical and philosophical lessons from the poetry of the street.

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