Education Trends

Motivating the Unmotivated

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A simple, no-cost video chat program motivates unruly, disengaged elementary and middle school students through relationships with high school students who demonstrate the value of education.

The Big List of Educational Grants and Resources

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Get a roundup of educational grants, contests, awards, free toolkits, and classroom guides aimed at helping students, classrooms, schools, and communities. Check this page weekly to get the latest updates!

Revisiting the Question of Violence in the Media

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How does real violence in the media such as police shootings and terrorism “bleed” into the world of fantasy violence in games and movies? What can we do about it?

Education Virtual Events and Conferences Worth Attending

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Find opportunities to engage in DIY PD, connect, and stay up-to-date about new ideas in education through webinars, unconferences, and conferences. Check back weekly for updates!

20 Tips for New Instructional Coaches

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Let the teachers do most of the talking, learn to listen, and stay curious. These are just a few of the tips offered to instructional coaches new to the field.

The Power of a School Library Hashtag

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A hashtag can help you create a community within and around your school library, as well as help you widen your reach beyond the school.

Family Engagement: Resource Roundup

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Explore tips, strategies, and resources to help improve the connection from home to school and expand parent involvement.

Putting the FORM in Formative Assessment

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Formative assessment works best when students understand what their learning looks like. Here are some guidelines for making it fun, organic, relevant, and meaningful.

An Appeal to My Child’s Kindergarten Teacher

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Educators face challenges, funding issues, and problems beyond their control. But for each student and family, it’s all about the relationship they will have with their child's teacher.

Action Video Gameplay: Benefits and Dangers

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While evidence suggests that action video games enhance higher-order brain functions, the violence built into most commercial titles is far from beneficial.

5 Resources for Parent-Teacher Conferences

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Browse a curated list of resources for improving parent-teacher conferences, including ideas for highlighting student progress, ways to encourage students to take the lead, and questions every parent should ask.

Socratic Seminars: Building a Culture of Student-Led Discussion

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Creating and implementing effective Socratic seminars is a multistep process that includes building a classroom community, instilling communication skills, and devising meaningful, reflective assessment protocols.

Banned Books Week: Slaying Censorship

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The American Library Association's Banned Books Week is a time schools can pay special homage to those books censored throughout history.

SEL Now: Moving From Heaviness to Hope

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Responding to violence and despair, Atlanta's superintendent advocates a national program of social-emotional learning that would teach students to embrace empathy, communication, and respect.

The Best App for Your Coursework Isn't a Single App

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Which app is best for coursework depends on the tasks students will perform and the skills you want them to develop.

Crafting Professional Development for Maker Educators

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Professional development for maker educators should introduce the materials and methods involved so that the teachers understand what students can learn from making.

New Teachers: Technology-Integration Basics

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Find tips, strategies, tools, and other resources to help new teachers successfully integrate technology to facilitate educational objectives in the classroom.

Energy and Calm: Brain Breaks and Focused-Attention Practices

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Here are some activities to stimulate your students' minds when they need a change, and to focus and calm them when they're just too stimulated.

Celebrate National Park Centennial With a Project

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For teachers who want to start the year on a celebratory note, here’s an idea that’s rich with possibilities.

Arts-Infused Project-Based Learning: Crafting Beautiful Work

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Learn how to bring cross-curricular, arts-infused project-based learning into your classroom.