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Growth Mindset

Helping Struggling Students Build a Growth Mindset

Veteran researchers present five strategies—like maintaining success files and allowing choice—to help struggling students develop a positive attitude needed for success.
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Maker Education

9 Ways to Inspire Student Inventors

A collection of ideas to consider as you work to fuel your students’ curiosity.
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Literacy

Executive Skills and the Struggling Reader

Learn how executive skills—like working memory and cognitive flexibility—play an essential role in reading.
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Teacher Development

Review Overload and How to Keep Content Fresh

With so much time now spent reviewing for tests, here are five ways to improve the quality of both instruction and assessment in your classroom.
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Place-Based Learning

Turning the Community Into a Classroom

See how students investigate real issues in their communities—and check out an e-book on how to adopt this type of program.
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Brain-Based Learning

The Tyranny of Being On Task

Students need periodic breaks to ease brain strain, and the perceived demand that they should always be on task is unrealistic.
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Parent Partnership

When Your Child Has a Mediocre Teacher

If the teacher isn’t great, you can help your kid take charge of their own learning.
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Formative Assessment

Eliminate Assessment Fog

To get a clear picture of student achievement from assessments, don’t give or take away points for things that aren’t related to the core content.
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Teacher Development

How to Make IEP Meetings More Effective

Transform the Individualized Education Program meeting from a mandatory evaluative process into a student-centered discussion.
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Social and Emotional Learning

How Gaming Connects to SEL and Career Readiness

Leverage your students’ interests in gaming to build social and emotional learning—skills that will be valuable in their future jobs.
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