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How Engaged Are Students and Teachers in American Schools?

How Engaged Are Students and Teachers in American Schools?

| April 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

A recent Gallup poll indicates that students’ emotional engagement and well-being at school is powerfully tied to academic achievement.

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Creativity and the Brain: What We Can Learn From Jazz Musicians

Creativity and the Brain: What We Can Learn From Jazz Musicians

| April 11, 2014 | 15 Comments

Research on what’s happening in the brain when jazz musicians improvise is helping shed light on the neuroscience behind creativity.

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More Progressive Ways to Measure Deeper Level of Learning

More Progressive Ways to Measure Deeper Level of Learning

| April 9, 2014 | 5 Comments

How do we measure learning beyond knowledge of content? Finding that winning combination of criteria can prove to be a complicated and sometimes difficult process. Schools that are pushing boundaries are learning that it takes time, a lot of conversation, and a willingness to let students participate in that evaluation.

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Teachers’ Most Powerful Role? Adding Context

Teachers’ Most Powerful Role? Adding Context

| April 7, 2014 | 15 Comments

When information is available in abundance, teachers will still be subject matter experts, but their true value will lie in their ability to facilitate and share the expertise of their students.

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To Advance Education, We Must First Reimagine Society

To Advance Education, We Must First Reimagine Society

| April 1, 2014 | 123 Comments

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. Overhauling the educational paradigm means replacing the metaphor — the concept of the world and its inhabitants as machine-like entities — that has shaped the education system, as well as many other aspects of our culture.

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How Are Students’ Roles Changing in the New Economy of Information?

How Are Students’ Roles Changing in the New Economy of Information?

| March 31, 2014 | 14 Comments

Beyond increasing the amount of information that students can access, the new abundant economy of information has far greater implications. It represents both a shift in the way that future classrooms will operate as well as in the student behaviors that we will value and expect.

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The Key To Innovation: Making Smart Analogies

The Key To Innovation: Making Smart Analogies

| March 29, 2014 | 3 Comments

If we know that X does Y when Z, is it possible that A does Y when Z, too? That’s often how innovations get their start, in the lab and elsewhere: by taking a familiar starting point and using it as a launch pad to explore new territory.

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The Difference Between Praise and Feedback

The Difference Between Praise and Feedback

| March 28, 2014 | 15 Comments

Parenting these days is patrolled by the language police. Sometimes it seems like the worst thing you could ever say to a kid is “Good job!” or the dreaded, “Good girl!” Widely popularized psychological research warns about the “inverse power of praise” and the importance of “unconditional parenting.” What are these researchers really getting at? Are the particular words we use to talk to our kids so important? And how do we convey positive feelings without negative consequences?

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One Size Does Not Fit All: The Need for Variety in Learning

One Size Does Not Fit All: The Need for Variety in Learning

| March 27, 2014 | 6 Comments

When you want to improve your physical health, you don’t have to eat one specific type of food or exercise in a specific way. Rather, you need an appropriate mix of healthy foods and exercise — no one thing is required. Different types of exercise and foods are in some sense interchangeable. What matters is that you get the appropriate dose. Could this common idea from health translate into the world of education?

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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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