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How Improv Can Open Up the Mind to Learning in the Classroom and Beyond

How Improv Can Open Up the Mind to Learning in the Classroom and Beyond

| January 30, 2015 | 2 Comments

Improvisation is being used as a way to help students and educators feel supported, open up to new ideas and think on their feet.

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Why Teens Are Impulsive, Addiction-Prone And Should Protect Their Brains

Why Teens Are Impulsive, Addiction-Prone And Should Protect Their Brains

| January 29, 2015

New research shows that teenagers’ brains aren’t fully insulated, so the signals travel slowly when they need to make decisions. Neuroscientist Frances Jensen, who wrote The Teenage Brain, explains.

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No-Tech Board Games That Teach Coding Skills to Young Children

No-Tech Board Games That Teach Coding Skills to Young Children

| January 28, 2015 | 1 Comment

Programming for young children gets pared down to its analog basics in several board games that teach sequences of commands.

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More Colleges Offer Competency-Based Degree Programs

More Colleges Offer Competency-Based Degree Programs

| January 26, 2015 | 3 Comments

A new report says 52 colleges offer, or plan to offer, some credits based on learning, not just seat time.

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In an Era of Conflict, Healing the World One Classroom at a Time

In an Era of Conflict, Healing the World One Classroom at a Time

| January 14, 2015 | 8 Comments

Thom Markham offers a set of principles to help educators see beyond immediate reforms to the education system.

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Some Benefits and Drawbacks of Blended Learning

Some Benefits and Drawbacks of Blended Learning

| January 12, 2015 | 6 Comments

When a computer runs a classroom, is it more efficient? Do kids learn more? A middle school in New York is finding out.

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How Educators in Rural New York got Creative with Common Core

How Educators in Rural New York got Creative with Common Core

| January 9, 2015 | 1 Comment

A small school district in Upstate New York tossed out state-developed Common Core teaching materials and let teachers create their own tools.

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Beyond Standardized Tests: Existing Tools For Measuring Student Progress

Beyond Standardized Tests: Existing Tools For Measuring Student Progress

| January 6, 2015 | 10 Comments

There are multiple ways to assess a student’s progress besides standardized tests. Here are some alternatives to the existing system, including emotional skills surveys, sampling and government inspections.

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Why Emotional Learning May Be As Important As The ABCs

Why Emotional Learning May Be As Important As The ABCs

| January 2, 2015 | 9 Comments

A growing body of research suggests that teaching really young kids how to recognize and express their feelings can help them into their adult lives.

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Appreciating Slang’s Creative Contributions to Language

Appreciating Slang’s Creative Contributions to Language

| December 31, 2014 | 1 Comment

Slang may seem like it has no place in the dictionary, but dictionary editors are listening very closely to the words people use in real life.

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