Category Archives: National

Mind/Shift: Why Teachers Should Be Trained Like Actors

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Story by Katrina Schwartz Teaching is a lot like acting, a high-energy, performance profession that requires a person to act as a role model. But when teachers go through training and professional development, the performance aspect of the job is … Continue reading »


Mind/Shift: For Students, the Importance of Doing Work That Matters

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Story by Will Richardson Photo: MartinaK15 We’re halfway to school when my 14-year-old son remembers a homework assignment he forgot to do for biology class. “Something big?” I ask, fearing the worst. “Nah,” he says with a shrug. “Just a … Continue reading »


Mind/Shift: Struggle Means Learning: Difference in Eastern and Western Cultures

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Story by: Alix Spiegel In 1979, when Jim Stigler was still a graduate student at the University of Michigan, he went to Japan to research teaching methods and found himself sitting in the back row of a crowded fourth-grade math … Continue reading »


Mind/Shift: Beyon Worksheets, A True Expression of Student Learning

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Story by Shawn McCusker Part 4 in the series Learning In the New Economy of Information. e live in a world where we are constantly connected to information. This vast ocean of information, the best knowledge of mankind — almost … Continue reading »


Mind/Shift: No Courses, No Classrooms, No Grades-- Just Learning

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Story by Christina Farr It took just a few weeks for a group of Boston-based teenagers to develop an affordable prosthetic hand for children. These teens took a brief hiatus from school to enroll in NuVu Studio, a project-based learning … Continue reading »


Mind/Shift: Students Want More Alignment of Tech In and Out of School

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Story: Katrina Schwartz Project Tomorrow’s 2013 Speak Up survey of more than 325,000 students and 75,000 parents, teachers and administrators digs into how students and teachers are using technology in school and for learning outside of school, and comes up … Continue reading »


Mind/Shift: Giving Good Praise to Girls: What Messages Stick

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Story: Katrina Schwartz Photo: Woodleywonderworks ow to praise kids: It’s a hot topic for many parents and educators. A lot of the conversation around it has stemmed from studies by Carol Dweck, professor of psychology at Stanford who has been researching … Continue reading »


Mind/Shift: What Will Happen to ‘Big Data’ In Education?

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Story: Anya Kamenetz Image: Getty Yesterday, a $100 million startup lost its last customer. According to a Politico article, the state of New York, inBloom‘s last remaining client, will delete all student data on the repository due to privacy concerns. InBloom’s … Continue reading »


Mind/Shift: 7 Big Hurdles In Education and Ideas For Solving Them

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Katrina Schwartz An infographic can hardly contain enough space to tackle the big, hairy challenges of American education. But the non-profit, Digital Promise, has tried to identify some of the biggest challenges — and ideas for solutions — identified by … Continue reading »


Mind/Shift: To Advance Education, We Must First Reimagine Society

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Story by: Luba Vangelova Why haven’t education reform efforts amounted to much? Because they start with the wrong problem, says John Abbott, director of the 21st Century Learning Initiative. Because disaffection with the education system reflects a much deeper societal … Continue reading »