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Five Science Videos That Make You Think About Ethics, Habitat and Climate Change

Five Science Videos That Make You Think About Ethics, Habitat and Climate Change

Awesome science videos to spark students’ interests in everything from wildlife protection to ocean acidification.

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Teaching Strategies

Studying With Quizzes Helps Make Sure the Material Sticks

Studying With Quizzes Helps Make Sure the Material Sticks

Neuroscientists have known for a long time that regular quizzing on information helps make it stick, but students and teachers don’t always know how to apply that research to classroom practice or study habits.

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How Standing Desks Can Help Students Focus in the Classroom

How Standing Desks Can Help Students Focus in the Classroom

| October 21, 2014 | 1 Comment

Some educators are finding that standing desks are a simple way help fidgety kids settle down and get to work.

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How Can Students Have More Say in School Decisions?

How Can Students Have More Say in School Decisions?

| October 17, 2014 | 5 Comments

Administrators, educators and students are discovering ways to include students in the programs that affect them most. Some programs help students speak directly to the people in charge.

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Learning the Alphabet Through Short Stories

Learning the Alphabet Through Short Stories

| October 14, 2014 | 3 Comments

“If words make up stories,” his hand-lettered text reads, “and letters make up words, then stories are made of letters. In this menagerie we have stories, made of words, made FOR all the letters.”

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How to Transform The Odyssey into an Epic Game in Alternate Reality

How to Transform The Odyssey into an Epic Game in Alternate Reality

| October 13, 2014 | 8 Comments

Teachers are discovering that through alternate reality games, students who were not typically motivated kicked into high gear, some laboring into the wee hours at home to untangle a conundrum.

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How Students Lead the Learning Experience at Democratic Schools

How Students Lead the Learning Experience at Democratic Schools

| October 10, 2014 | 88 Comments

The Fairhaven School, which opened its doors in 1998, has no tests or grades, and no assigned homework. Its goal is to help students develop two core traits: agency and autonomy.

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Q&A: Plumbing The Mysteries Of The Teenage Brain

Q&A: Plumbing The Mysteries Of The Teenage Brain

| October 8, 2014

In Age of Opportunity, psychologist Larry Steinberg applies neuroscience to risk-taking, peer influence, the boredom of high school and other adolescent conundrums.

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Pediatricians Say School Should Start Later For Teens’ Health

Pediatricians Say School Should Start Later For Teens’ Health

| October 7, 2014

The science is clear that teenagers need more than eight hours of sleep a night. The nation’s pediatricians say school districts need to buck up and change schedules to let kids sleep later.

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The Forgotten Female Programmers Who Created Modern Tech

The Forgotten Female Programmers Who Created Modern Tech

| October 6, 2014

The Innovators, Walter Isaacson’s new book, tells the stories of the people who created modern computers. Women, who are now a minority in computer science, played an outsize role in that history.

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Why Daydreaming is Critical to Effective Learning

Why Daydreaming is Critical to Effective Learning

| October 6, 2014 | 10 Comments

Daydreaming and playing are crucial to develop the kind of creativity many say should be a focal point of a modern education system.

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Report Finds ‘Deeper Learning’ Model Improves Outcomes for All Students

Report Finds ‘Deeper Learning’ Model Improves Outcomes for All Students

| October 3, 2014 | 10 Comments

The conversation about what kids need to know and to be able to do by the end of high school has gradually shifted over the past several years to emphasize not just rigorous content goals, but also less tangible skills, such as creative thinking, problem-solving and collaboration.

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