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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.


Modifying the Flipped Classroom: The "In-Class" Version

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21st-Century Libraries: The Learning Commons

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7 Steps to Becoming a Data-Driven School

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5 Fantastic, Fast, Formative Assessment Tools

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21st-Century Libraries: The Learning Commons

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Modifying the Flipped Classroom: The "In-Class" Version

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17 chairs are lined side-by-side in three rows facing the front of a classroom. At the front of the class, inches from the ceiling, a flat screen TV is attached to the wall. A countertop with drawers extends along the right side of the room.

Visualizing 21st-Century Classroom Design

These five steps are essential in creating a 21st-century classroom: establishing zones, ensuring resource accessibility, encouraging mobility, igniting inspiration, and fostering respect.

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People are outside, walking towards a building that says "Come and Play," and "Welcome to Toy Fair NY 16."

6 Playful Learning Games at Toy Fair

Whether you're teaching about molecular arrangements or parts of speech, consider using games that put playfulness ahead of content delivery, because that's where mastery happens.

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6 Exciting AR Apps for Student Learning

Using augmented reality apps like Quiver, Elements 4D, and Aurasma, you can engage students with learning materials that spring to life in three-dimensional overlays.

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A lit light bulb is lying on a brown carpet in a dark room.

Doing More With Less: Start Small and Collaborate

Shift your school's culture with small, steady changes. Collaborate easily with the right digital tools. These are just two strategies for doing more with less.

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Three kids, around middle school age, are standing around a table with a laptop, video camera, microphone, speakers, and a sign that says, "Youth Radio."

Makerspaces Lead to School and Community Successes

Makerspaces encourage student success by demonstrating the value of failure, engaging students with standards and curricula, motivating them to care, and demonstrating real-world uses for education.

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A young girl with long hair in a white t-shirt and blue shorts is sitting at a kid-sized table with colorful, clear, Lego-like building pieces. On the table are variations of different towers.

Transforming Unused School Spaces Into Something Amazing

With staff vision and student and community engagement, turn the unused or under-used areas of your school buildings or grounds into gardens, labs, and makerspaces.

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QR Codes Can Do That?

Seeking new educational uses for QR codes? Consider adding your voice, attaching PDFs, collecting parent information, sending a tweet, or changing the code's online endpoint.

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Teachers: Staying Positive in Trying Times

Blogger Heather Wolpert-Gawron proposes ways for teachers to avoid shutting down and how to stay happy and effective in the classroom.

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Project-Based Learning: An Overview

Project-Based Learning: An Overview

Seymour Papert, a distinguished professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is among a growing group of scholars who support project-based learning.

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Make It Count: Providing Feedback as Formative Assessment

Giving feedback that is non-evaluative, specific, timely, and goal-related will provide students with opportunities to revise and improve their work and deepen their 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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Appreciate Teachers By Understanding What They Do

Edutopia blogger Mary Beth Hertz suggests that the best way to celebrate teacher appreciation week is focusing on the reality of what teaching means rather than falling back on outdated assumptions or news media-induced perceptions.

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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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Research Trends: Why Homework Should Be Balanced

Research suggests that while homework can be an effective learning tool, assigning too much can lower student performance and interfere with other important activities.

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