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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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News Literacy: Critical-Thinking Skills for the 21st Century

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What You Need to Be an Innovative Educator

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3 Steps to Becoming a Coding Teacher

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5-Minute Film Festival: Design Thinking in Schools

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Garden-Based Learning

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7 Steps to Becoming a Data-Driven School

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Summer Reading List: 5 Books on Professional Development

Here are five books that will add some fun, practicality, data-driven findings, digital thinking, and connectivity to your PD reading this summer.

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School-as-Studio Immerses Students in Creative Problem Solving

Launched in 2010 by a trio of bold thinkers from MIT, NuVu Studio is a secondary school that boasts recent student projects focused on everything from futuristic fashion to biotechnology.

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Learning to Code Becomes Learning to Learn

Through learning to code, a teacher embraces the growth mindset by asking for help, accepting and exploring failure, and keeping it fun and authentic.

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3 Edtech Myths

New edtech might not cure all ills. Beyond being cool and fun, developers, teachers, schools, and parents must consider optimal circumstances and unintended consequences.

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A New Definition of Rigor

Rigor doesn't simply mean giving students more or harder work. Instead, it's the result of work that challenges students' thinking in new and interesting ways.

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Myth vs. Reality in a 1:1 Classroom

Three myths about the 1:1 classroom: it's a paperless environment; all student work happens on devices; and all teachers need to adopt the technology.

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Math as a Social Justice Lever

Some suggest going easy on kids who'd rather drop out than study math, yet math remains an essential life tool across racial, gender, and class lines.

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The Social and Emotional Benefits of Being Weirdly Creative

Arts integration helps kids connect and feel safe on the bumpy road to learning.

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Tame the Beast: Tips for Designing and Using Rubrics

Blogger Andrew Miller shares his experiences and suggestions for creating rubrics that will make students' -- and teachers' -- lives much easier.

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20 Top Pinterest Tips

Pinterest is an educator's dream come true because of its many options for curating and sharing ideas, displaying student work, and building a PLN.

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Using Social Media to Teach Visual Literacy in the 21st-Century Classroom

Guest blogger Dave Guymon, an online middle school teacher and edtech Master's candidate, defines visual literacy and proposes using three popular social media modes - Instagram, Emoji and memes - to enhance students' academic fluency.

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Thinking Big About Engagement

Even the smallest concepts become big enough to grasp in this middle school science class, where teacher Rob Olazagasti gives students opportunities to learn by creating, remember by experiencing, and show what they know by teaching.

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12 Awesome Edtech Apps

An edtech teaching toolkit should include reliable tools for your needs and circumstances. Whether that includes Kahoot!, Screencast-O-Matic, or Scratch, it's ultimately about your teacher-student relationship.

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New Things to Try in 2015

Instead of committing to New Year's resolutions this year, try for scalability with these strategy suggestions for the next five days, five weeks, and five months.

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