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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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A New Definition of Rigor

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Flexible Seating and Student-Centered Classroom Redesign

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Implementing a Schoolwide Mindfulness Program

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Tech-Enhanced Parent Engagement

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Implementing a Schoolwide Mindfulness Program

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A New Definition of Rigor

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Who Is Responsible for Tech Abuse?

To hold kids accountable for their use of mobile devices and social media, let's accept the permanence of these tools and model instead of restricting their use.

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Me & MyCity: A Positive Prelude to Working Life

Finland's Me & MyCity program offers middle school students an intensive, day-long simulation of what it means to be a professional, consumer, and citizen.

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Modeling Constructive Online Behavior

As teens construct their digital footprint, model thoughtful use of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and blogging to help them stand out to college admission officers and potential employers.

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Brain Labs: A Place to Enliven Learning

If your school had a student-friendly environment for teaching children about metacognition, children could develop their skills in self-reflection, paying attention, emotional regulation, and cognitive flexibility.

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Digital Spaces: 12 Best Practices for Multimedia Learning

Design online course content by following best practices to reduce students' cognitive load and prevent the words, pictures, and media from over-stimulating and inhibiting learning.

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Make Fuzzy Concepts Clear With Tech

When a Sphero robot engaged students' empathy about Depression-era migrants, one teacher realized how using technology can help open young minds to abstract concepts.

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Studio Schools: Career-Focused Secondary Education

In England, Studio Schools (a model similar to U.S. charter schools) combine academic and vocational pathways with strong employer engagement to make learning relevant.

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Education Everywhere: School Success Stories from Abroad

Edutopia's video series Education Everywhere profiles innovative school systems all around the world. Here you'll find links to the videos and additional resources for learning about education systems in various countries.

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Paper and Pencil Curriculum: How Much Do You Rely on It?

Technology expert Ben Johnson wonders how learning -- and schools -- would change if teachers stopped using paper.

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3 Peaks and 3 Pits of Standards-Based Grading

When one school switched from traditional to standards-based grading, they saw positive changes in mindset, assessments, and communication -- but there's still room for improvement.

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3 Steps to Becoming a Coding Teacher

To become a coding teacher, prepare to teach the basics by curating your curriculum, preparing yourself and your classroom, and finding support as needed.

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Classroom Management in the Tech-Equipped Classroom

Successful technology integration includes always having a non-tech Plan B, staying with what works instead of trend-hopping, and minimizing the elements beyond your control.

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What Makes a Successful Tutor?

Seth Linden, founder and CEO at Tutorpedia, looks at the relationships and interactions with students, teachers and parents that make for the ultimate measure of a tutor's success.

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Big Thinkers: Linda Darling-Hammond on Becoming Internationally Competitive

Stanford University professor and noted researcher Linda Darling-Hammond discusses what the United States can learn from high-achieving countries on teaching, learning, and assessment.

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