Education Trends

The Heart of the Matter: Why I Teach

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What are the reasons you teach? Who are the students who inspire you? What led you to teaching and what has made you stay?

Resources for Understanding the Common Core State Standards

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Explore an educator's guide to websites, organizations, articles, and other resources looking at the new system of standards and how they will be assessed.

The Common Core and Digital Skills Development

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The CCSS stresses the need to support digital skills development. Teachers can facilitate this by embracing multimedia, empowering writers, and being creative with technology tools.

The Language of Choice and Support

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For all students, especially those with mental health challenges, the language of empowerment and choice contributes significantly to an environment that helps them grow toward their goals.

Jaw-Dropping Classroom 3D Printer Creations

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Learn what 3D printing is, what students like to create with this technology, and the low-cost, high-impact potential of improving the world through creative fabrication.

Teach Using the Lived Experiences of Your Students

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While planning this summer, ask yourself, what does a classroom that promotes students' lived experiences look like?

Digital Portfolios: The Art of Reflection

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By collecting their learning artifacts and compiling them into portfolios, students should have an opportunity to reflect upon their experiences and see their own growth.

Year One With a 3D Printer: 17 Tips

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Here are 17 tips, both technical and pedagogical, to help you navigate your first year of incorporating a 3D printer into your classroom projects.

The Key to Effective Teams in Schools: Emotional Intelligence

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A school team's emotional intelligence might be the most important predictor of what it will to do together, what conversations will sound like, and how members will feel about going to meetings.

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!

The Creative Routine

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Spontaneity can flourish to students' advantage in a curriculum steeped in ritual and repetition that regularly introduces fresh new ideas and activities.

Weekly Update: Educational Webinars, Unconferences, and Conferences

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Get a roundup of educational webinars, conferences, edcamps, and unconferences aimed at helping students, classrooms, schools, and communities. Check this page weekly to get the latest updates!

7 Apps for Student Creators

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Because Millennials and digital natives live in a creation-based world, apps like Adobe Voice, Thinglink, and Pages promote higher-order thinking, encourage collaboration, and invite real-world learning.

Simple Music Integration for Primary Classrooms

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Here are just a few of the many opportunities that music offers for numeracy, literacy, creativity, and kinesthetic learning in elementary classrooms.

Global Teacher Prize Winner Nancie Atwell Takes the Mic

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Founder of the Center for Teaching Nancie Atwell is using her platform to advocate for educational practices and policies that put children at the center.

6 iPad Apps for Creative Writing

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Edutopia blogger Monica Burns, recognizing that written storytelling doesn't come easily to every child, has hunted down six iPad apps that will bring fun and creative challenge to learning this essential real-world skill.

Creativity in the Classroom

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In a testing-driven environment, it's critical that we foster student creativity in the classroom, whether through open-ended projects, 20 percent time, or team-building activities.

Tech Toys (and Tools) for Learning

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By combining new tools with old-school manipulatives, teachers can benefit from cutting edge edtech while their students engage more of their senses during play.

Common Core in Action Series

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A growing collection of grade-level and subject-specific resources for Common Core-aligned lessons.

Artify Your Summer

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Creativity is a great way to quickly transition into summer and begin to relax. Teachers, check out these ideas for getting your art on.

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