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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.

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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.

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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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Flexible Seating and Student-Centered Classroom Redesign

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Student Voices Needed in School Reform

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Do I Need a Digital Teaching Portfolio?

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At the Movies: Films Focused on Education Reform

There's been quite a bit of buzz about documentary films that take a look at issues within the American education system. Whether you agree with the point of view of any of these films or not, they are sure to get you thinking.

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Voxer Versatility: New Ways to Communicate

Teachers are using Voxer in their classrooms, schools, and PLNs to share meaningful feedback, expand authentic communication, hold back-channel conversations, and connect across boundaries.

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Education Research Highlights From 2015

A look at the research that made an impact in 2015, from the benefits of well-designed classroom spaces to the neuroscience behind exercise and math ability.

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The Problems and Promise of Educational Change

Two films and a book about educational change illustrate the pitfalls of top-down initiatives and the magic of everyday stakeholders getting a chance to make a difference.

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How to Engage Your Students With No-Cost Technology

Online 3D scans give students close-up views of historical artifacts and natural wonders, all without the cost and tactical considerations of a field trip.

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2015: The Good, the Bad... and the Potential

With love for teaching and hope for the future, Vicki Davis reviews the year in U.S. education, from increasing societal pressures to exciting technologies and positive practices.

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Empowering Teachers With Tech-Friendly Formative Assessment Tools

By locating the right tool and building data collection into your routine, you can easily have the formative assessment data you need for responding to student understanding.

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Design 101 for Educators: Choose Your Fonts Carefully

Jason Cranford Teague, author and observer, makes the case that your students' ability to retain information is connected to the fonts they're seeing on the page or screen.

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The High Cost of Neuromyths in Education

Instead of believing in the right/left brain, learning styles, and that we use only ten percent of our brains, we should focus on neuroscience research.

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5 Steps to Foster Grit in the Classroom

Edutopia blogger Andrew Miller considers 'grit' as a 21st century skill encompassing real-world qualities like determination, adaptability and reflection, and suggests five steps to foster this mindset in the classroom.

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When Helping Hurts

Learning includes developing time-management skills, making choices, meeting deadlines, and coping with possible failure. This becomes harder when adults try to make students' lives too easy.

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Big Thinkers on Education

Some of the most compelling visionaries in the world -- from Sir Ken Robinson to Jane Goodall to Martin Scorsese -- are focusing their attention on how to improve education. Get inspired by their big ideas.

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How Will Common Core Change What We Do?

While defining the Common Core Standards, blogger Erin Powers shares implications for teaching, how technology factors in, and several unanswered questions.

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Summer Reading for Educators: My Favorites

Edutopia blogger Mark Phillips offers us his go-to list of what educators should be reading this summer.

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