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

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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.


Online Professional Development: Beyond PLCs and PLNs

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Building the Foundation to Transform a Public High School to PBL

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3 Peaks and 3 Pits of Standards-Based Grading

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Growth Mindset is Dead

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Building the Foundation to Transform a Public High School to PBL

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Grit Happens in PBL

Looking for practical applications of grit? Try project-based learning and move beyond character education to teach students how stuff gets done in the real world.

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Find Your Digital Space

For teachers staking out their digital space, the first three steps are determining the right platform, developing your brand, and finding the confidence to share.

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12 Nuggets of 21st-Century Learning

Well into the 21st century, the concept of 21st-century learning is still gaining traction. Ken Kay offers 12 indicators to educate and illustrate.

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How to Teach Patriotism and Respect

Each teacher should find ways to show their own patriotism finding positive things to say about our country and our country's heroes.

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Classroom Management and the Flipped Class

The flipped classroom casts a different light on classroom management issues, as teachers rethink one-on-one time, off-task students, freedom vs. control, and parent expectations.

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Why I Flattened My School

One high school experiments with the flattened model as it seeks to replace departmental hierarchy with the creativity that blossoms from staff collaboration.

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The Future of Learning

Edutopia blogger Beth Holland recalls the robot teacher from the Jetsons and updates that 1960s cartoon view of education's future to include customized learning, embedded technology, ongoing feedback - and human teachers.

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Turn Genius Hour Into Genius Year

Why limit Genius Hour to a small block of time? Through conversations and dares, students can turn this creative, self-directed approach into a life practice.

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What Happens When Instructional Rounds Go District-Wide?

Edutopia blogger Elena Aguilar explores Instructional Rounds, the transformative process of educators observing each other teaching.

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How to Make Consequences Work

Blogger and author Richard Curwin looks at the use of consequences as a disciplinary method, and suggests a few ways to make them more effective.

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What Can Educators Learn from the Gaming Industry?

Guest bloggers Kelly Teng and Cameron Baker, game developers with an interest in education, suggest that the gaming world can teach educators lessons about abstract thinking, enthusiastic engagement, and creative play in pursuit of knowledge.

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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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Do the Math . . . Right

Science evangelist Ainissa Ramirez reveals how math is taught in exactly the wrong way and - until we humanize the teaching of math - exactly how damaging this practice can be.

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Reinventing a Public High School: A Case Study in Integrating Problem-Based Learning

Keep up to date with Edutopia's coverage as we follow the whole-school transformation of Sammamish High School, near Seattle -- from traditional delivery of instruction to completely problem-based learning.

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