RSSTeaching Strategies

Does Losing Handwriting In School Mean Losing Other Skills Too?

Does Losing Handwriting In School Mean Losing Other Skills Too?

| June 5, 2014 | 8 Comments

Learning to write by hand has learning benefits that could be neglected if too much focus is put on keyboarding.

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Could Minecraft Be the Hook to Get Girls Interested in Coding?

Could Minecraft Be the Hook to Get Girls Interested in Coding?

| June 4, 2014 | 3 Comments

Girls love to play Minecraft as much as boys, a fact educators would like to use to interest them in coding more generally.

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What Can Educators Learn From the One Room Schoolhouse Model?

What Can Educators Learn From the One Room Schoolhouse Model?

| June 3, 2014 | 2 Comments

The old one room schoolhouse model offers good lessons on valuing each learner and true personalization.

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How Students Make Progress in Learning

How Students Make Progress in Learning

| June 3, 2014 | 2 Comments

When we think and talk about learning, the metaphors we use matter. The language we employ when we describe how learning works can illuminate the process, allowing us to make accurate judgments and predictions—or it can lead us astray, setting up false expectations and giving us a misleading impression of what’s going on.

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Schools Fight to Skip Standardized Tests, But Keep Learning Standards High

Schools Fight to Skip Standardized Tests, But Keep Learning Standards High

| June 2, 2014

How one district is moving past standardized tests in an effort to show deeper learning.

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Is All This Student Data Changing the Way Teachers Teach?

Is All This Student Data Changing the Way Teachers Teach?

| June 2, 2014 | 9 Comments

With so much access to student data these days, teachers are experimenting with different tactics, and figuring out what’s working and what’s not. As with most scenarios using education technology, it’s a mixed bag. How it’s used depends on a variety of factors in each school and in each teacher’s classroom. Some teachers are embracing student data to inform their teaching, while others believe there’s a risk of an over-reliance on hard numbers that doesn’t take into account the human factor.

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Redesigning School to Graduate Capable, Confident Learners

Redesigning School to Graduate Capable, Confident Learners

| May 29, 2014 | 3 Comments

Educators at schools that focus on deeper learning are nurturing confident, self-sufficient learners who are ready for the rigors of college regardless of their backgrounds.

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Reflection: What Makes Learning Stick

Reflection: What Makes Learning Stick

| May 15, 2014 | 1 Comment

Even taking just fifteen minutes to reflect on what was learned during the day could significantly affect how well students retain the information.

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How Are Teachers and Students Using Khan Academy?

How Are Teachers and Students Using Khan Academy?

| May 6, 2014 | 21 Comments

An SRI International report found that in general, the Khan Academy is not impacting traditional teacher directed instruction, especially when schools have limited access to computers.

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Unshackled and Unschooled: Free-Range Learning Movement Grows

Unshackled and Unschooled: Free-Range Learning Movement Grows

| May 2, 2014 | 25 Comments

Most people have heard of homeschooling — kids are educated by parents or caregivers at home, rather than at school, for a variety of reasons. But within the homeschooling community, the growing “unschooling” subset has a somewhat different, amorphous, definition — and this movement is growing.

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