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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.

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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The Biggest Hurdle to Flipping Your Class

Guest blogger Jon Bergmann, a pioneer of the Flipped-Classroom Model, suggests that the biggest hurdle to flipping a classroom may be the teacher's self-perception of his or her role as an educator.

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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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Changing the Teaching of History, One Byte at a Time

Guest blogger Sam Wineburg, director of Stanford University's PhD program in History Education, looks at the signal-to-noise problem of finding reliable historical sources amidst a free-for-all of online factoids.

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Common Core in Action: How One Art Teacher is Implementing Common Core

Edutopia blogger Andrew Miller talks with art teacher Cheri Jorgensen about how she has adapted her curriculum to include Common Core ELA standards.

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One-Minute Papers: A Way to Further Design Thinking

Guest blogger Ashley Nahornick, a Doctorate of Education Candidate at Teachers College Columbia, offers a one-minute strategy for introducing teachers and students to the mindset of design thinking.

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Tips, Tricks and More from the Edutopia Community

Samer Rabadi, Edutopia's Online Community Manager, launches our Tips, Tricks and More series with a look at some shared resources and a salute to community members who've shared their compelling stories.

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Alien Educational Practices: A View From Far, Far Away

Edutopia blogger Mark Phillips channels Alkar, an alien anthropologist genuinely puzzled by this thing the Earthlings call 'ed reform' as witnessed in the brouhaha around 'Common Core' (whatever that is).

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Do-It-Yourself Virtual Professional Development: Taking Ownership of Your Learning

Edutopia blogger Monica Burns, advocating that teachers take ownership of their professional development, suggests seven online strategies to help, including Google Hangouts, video tutorials, and sane ways to embrace the information-rich Twitter experience.

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We Don't Like "Projects"

Shawn Cornally, founder of the Big Ideas School, suggests that the first step toward successful PBL is getting students to understand why they don't need to experience dread when they hear the word project.

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Games and the Common Core: Two Movements That Need Each Other

Milton Chen, Senior Fellow with GLEF, suggests that the game-based learning and Common Core movements could be mutually beneficial to one another.

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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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Why Serious Games Are Not Chocolate-Covered Broccoli

Teacher and edtech leader Matthew Farber talks about what Serious Gaming is (and isn't), who develops and promotes these amusing activities based on real-world concerns, and why we want our students to play them.

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Computers in the Classroom: A Mindful Lens on Technology

Blogger and media theorist Douglas Rushkoff wonders if we're making the best possible use of all the digital technology gaining a foothold in our classrooms.

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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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