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Education Trends

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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.

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8 Myths That Undermine Educational Effectiveness

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21st-Century Libraries: The Learning Commons

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Collaboration on Wheels: 21st Century Classroom Furniture at Work

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Children in Charge: Self-Directed Learning Programs

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4 Tips for Getting to Know the Blended Instructional Model

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Coding in the Classroom: A Long-Overdue Inclusion

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8 EduWins of 2013

What rocked in 2013? The Edutopia blogging team weighs in.

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Does Spelling Count?

Guest blogger Shira Loewenstein, asked by her students whether spelling counts, comes back with a fascinating question of her own: why is the continuum of learning broken down into a handful of unrelated subjects?

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Pivot Point: At the Crossroads of STEM, STEAM and Arts Integration

Guest blogger Susan Riley, an arts integration specialist, explains that arts integration programs aren't the same as turning STEM programs into STEAM, but that interdisciplinary approaches can be pivot points across multiple content areas.

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The Best Education Posts of 2013: The Edutopia Top 10 Deep Dive

Guest blogger Vicki Davis, computer science teacher and IT integrator, reflects on Edutopia's top ten blog posts in 2013, why she likes them, and how their takeaways could benefit any teacher who reads them.

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"Why Humanistic Teachers Get Fired: Because They're Stupid"

Edutopia blogger Mark Phillips is all for teachers who are trying to change their school communities for the better - as long as they're smart enough to keep their jobs!

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Talking Shop: Food Justice Lessons and a Student-Run Grocery Store

Guest blogger Jez Luckett, winner of a personal battle against obesity, describes his afterschool program that educates children in a lower-income urban community about the basics of nutrition and healthy shopping.

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Coding Across the Curriculum

Teacher and edtech leader Matthew Farber discusses the history of computer science education in the run-up to this month's Hour of Code initiative.

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Teacher Education in Finland: What are Finnish Teachers Made Of?

In conjunction with two colleagues, guest blogger Merja Paksuniemi, a professor at the University of Lapland, explains how Finland's high standards for teacher education became a significant factor in that country's highly-regarded educational system.

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Strategies for Embedding Project-Based Learning into STEM Education

Thom Markham from the Buck Institute shares some strategies for embedding PBL in STEM education.

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The LAUSD iPad Initiative: 5 Critical Technology Integration Lessons

The missteps in LAUSD's 1:1 program rollout stand as a costly illustration of the vision, planning, and implementation actually required for successful district-wide technology integration.

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Recent Polls: Do Educators Support the Common Core?

Are teachers are in favor of the new national education standards? Edutopia blogger Anne O'Brien presents the results from recent polls.

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A Six-Point Checklist for Education Innovators

Edutopia blogger Suzie Boss shares an excerpt from her latest book, "Bringing Innovation to School," in which she looks at some of the qualities expressed and practiced by education innovators.

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Garden-Based Learning

School and community gardens can be used for academic enrichment, where students can learn about nutrition, food security, and ecological sustainability.

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The Shift: Media Specialists and the Common Core

Guest blogger and middle school teacher Josh Work suggests that the school media specialist can be your most valuable resource for brainstorming, discussing, planning and implementing a technology-enhanced approach to the Common Core.

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