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Hello, MindShift Readers!

Hello, MindShift Readers!

| September 29, 2014 | 3 Comments

Dear MindShift fans, It’s an honor and a privilege to be the new editor of MindShift. I’ve been a fan since the site’s inception and I’m humbled to be entrusted with this community by Tina Barseghian. I’ve spent most of my life serving public radio’s mission in broadcast and digital. I was a digital news […]

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Can Project-Based Learning Close Gaps in Science Education?

Can Project-Based Learning Close Gaps in Science Education?

| September 26, 2014 | 45 Comments

An encouraging new report describes preliminary, first-year outcomes from a study of 3,000 middle school students that shows kids can, in fact, learn more in science classrooms that adopt a well-designed, project-focused curriculum.

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Four Activities to Jump-Start Teamwork Among Teachers and School Leaders

Four Activities to Jump-Start Teamwork Among Teachers and School Leaders

| September 25, 2014 | 7 Comments

Now, more than ever before, teachers could use creative, innovative teamwork to help them ensure success.

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Elementary School Teachers Say They Need Science Training

Elementary School Teachers Say They Need Science Training

| April 21, 2014 | 10 Comments

Educators say the middle grades are a key time time to get kids jazzed about science, but many teachers say they lack the tools they need. In Chicago, a science museum is helping to fill the the gap.

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Yet Another Attention Disorder: Sluggish Cognitive Tempo

Yet Another Attention Disorder: Sluggish Cognitive Tempo

| April 16, 2014 | 4 Comments

Some mental health researchers are claiming to have discovered a new type of attention disorder characterized by daydreaming and lethargy. But some parents and other researchers are pushing back, worried about over-medicating the nation’s children.

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Are We Underestimating the Math Powers of Our Youngest Students?

Are We Underestimating the Math Powers of Our Youngest Students?

| April 10, 2014 | 4 Comments

New research questions if US math scores would improve if students were exposed to more complicated math early in their school lives.

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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 | 4 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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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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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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Could Calculus Be A Better Way to Introduce Kids to Math Than Arithmetic?

Could Calculus Be A Better Way to Introduce Kids to Math Than Arithmetic?

| March 4, 2014 | 6 Comments

Some educators are beginning to question the assumption that math is best taught in a linear sequence, focusing on patterns and structures instead of computations with elementary students.

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