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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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“Fliperentiated” Instruction: How to Create the Customizable Classroom

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Take Note: How to Curate Learning Digitally

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Challenges in Education: A Student's-Eye View

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Homework, Sleep, and the Student Brain

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8 Myths That Undermine Educational Effectiveness

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Challenges in Education: A Student's-Eye View

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A Delectable and Academically Integrated School Lunch?

NYC's Calhoun School serves healthy lunches that are educational, affordable, and eagerly anticipated by students. Their lead chef also describes how the program is scalable.

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Open Educational Resources Meet Instructional Design

To find the best OER, consider the skills you're teaching, how content aligns with standards, ease of assessment, and whether you'll provide an active, creative experience.

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Taking Charge: 5 Key Strategies for DIY PD

Educators create their own professional development opportunities with the many resources available via social media, bringing their admins on board with this new model.

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8 Pathways to Every Student's Success

Welcome to our blog series on how to apply the principles of positive youth development: curiosity, sociability, resilience, self-awareness, integrity, resourcefulness, creativity, and empathy.

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Meshing GBL With PBL: Can It Work?

When planning a PBL unit, use GBL elements to teach 21st-century skills, as a modality for lesson content, to differentiate instruction, or with games as products.

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8 Free Apps and Web Tools for Staying Organized in the New Year

The human brain can organize only so much data. Tools like 30/30, Pocket, and Sunrise can boost your ability to stay informed, connected, and on time.

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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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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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Book Recommendations for Awesome Teachers

Teacher and blogger Jose Vilson recommends a summer reading list whose titles cover issues of leadership, race and math.

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New Supreme Court Decision Benefits Students With IEPs

A lawyer breaks down the jargon around the recent Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District ruling and shows how it benefits students.

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Reimagining Classroom Walkthroughs

An online form could clarify and streamline classroom walkthroughs by focusing on a summary, specific and targeted feedback, teacher reflection/action plans, and adding multimedia.

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Garden-Based Learning

School and community gardens can be used for academic enrichment, where students can learn about nutrition, food security, and ecological sustainability.

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Welcoming Immigrant Students Into the Classroom

Since all immigrant children are guaranteed K-12 access under U.S. law, let's build relationships with students and their families, as well as relevant, inclusive curriculum.

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Randy Nelson on Learning and Working in the Collaborative Age

Pixar University's former dean Randy Nelson explains what schools must do to prepare students for jobs in new media.

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