Katrina Schwartz

Katrina Schwartz is a journalist based in San Francisco. She's worked at KPCC public radio in LA and has reported, produced and blogged on health, climate change and local news for KQED in San Francisco.

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Are Today’s Parents Unintentionally Instilling a Culture of Fear?

Are Today’s Parents Unintentionally Instilling a Culture of Fear?

| March 22, 2014 | 3 Comments

In her provocative article “Hey! Parents, Leave Those Kids Alone,” writer Hanna Rosin documents the arc of child-rearing from the 1970s to today, making the case that parents are far too overprotective of their kids, unintentionally robbing them of importance of things like risk taking. She asks: “How did these fears come to have such […]

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Challenging Work Is Essential to Deep, Meaningful Learning

Challenging Work Is Essential to Deep, Meaningful Learning

| March 21, 2014 | 3 Comments

Pushing students to go beyond what they think they can do is at the core of good teaching. Challenging tasks keep students engaged and curious to learn more, driving their learning to new depths.

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The Science of Character: Developing Positive Learning Traits

The Science of Character: Developing Positive Learning Traits

| March 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

People can develop their characters with a little bit of attention to their innate positive qualities and staying attuned to those of others.

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A Teacher’s Perspective on Teens’ Complicated Online Lives

A Teacher’s Perspective on Teens’ Complicated Online Lives

| March 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

A teacher’s perspective on how to reach teens in an increasingly networked and online world.

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Strategies to Reach Every Student, Regardless of Language Barrier

Strategies to Reach Every Student, Regardless of Language Barrier

| March 19, 2014 | 6 Comments

Helping every student experience meaningful, deep learning is a constant challenge, in no small part because no two learners are alike. To reach students who are particularly challenged — whether because of their ability to speak English or some other reason — educators can find a way in by tapping into students’ interests and passion.

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For One African American Student, Coding Is the Path to Success

For One African American Student, Coding Is the Path to Success

| March 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Students are “hacking” problems important to their everyday experience, like developing a simple app for women who feel harassed on the street.

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Why Letter Grades Just Don’t Cut It

Why Letter Grades Just Don’t Cut It

| March 17, 2014 | 6 Comments

Letter-grades fail at giving students specific information about how they are doing in class.

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A Fun Trick For Calculating Pi With Toothpicks

A Fun Trick For Calculating Pi With Toothpicks

| March 14, 2014 | 2 Comments

Happy Pi Day! Learn how to calculate pi using toothpicks.

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What Keeps Students Motivated to Learn?

What Keeps Students Motivated to Learn?

| March 13, 2014 | 25 Comments

What keeps students motivated to learn? Relevance, connections, and their teachers’ emotional investment, among just a few criteria.

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How to Teach the Standards Without Becoming Standardized

How to Teach the Standards Without Becoming Standardized

| March 12, 2014 | 7 Comments

Teaching standards doesn’t necessitate a standardized approach to teaching. Teachers share ideas for providing a standards-based, but authentic learning experience for all students.

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