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Why Are We So Obsessed With Teaching Kids Cursive Handwriting?

While learning to write by hand has been proven by researchers to aid cognition and early reading, the scientific foundation for cursive writing specifically is far fuzzier.

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How Clear Expectations Can Inhibit Genuine Thinking in Students

Outlining exactly what students need to know to get a good grade can get in the way of genuine learning.

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How to Start and Build an Inclusive Computer Science Program

Gender and ethnic disparities persist in computer science fields, but one San Diego school district is trying to find a more inclusive path by offering a different kind of computer science class.

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How Mindfulness and Storytelling Help Kids Heal and Learn

Students who experienced trauma found the ability to calm themselves and become ready to learn after practicing mindfulness. A group of students found it so transformative, they wrote a book with the...

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Books Teachers Share: Charlene Mendoza and ‘Literature as Exploration’

Arizona College Prep Principal Charlene Mendoza describes a book published in 1938 that helped her understand what students need from text in order to derive meaning and deeper understanding.

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How Much Do Visual Experiences Shape How People Think About Math?

A study of 17 people who have been blind since birth found that areas of the brain usually devoted to visual information become active when a blind person is solving math problems.

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What High Tech Urban Farms Can Teach Kids About Tinkering

Creating opportunities for students to operate an indoor farm remotely using technology has helped kids lean about food while seeing themselves as makers.

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3 Ways Schools Can Be Supportive of Students’ Mental Health

Dealing with students' mental health looks different at every school. But experts say doing it well requires a strategy that gets everyone involved.

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How Are Kindergarten Teachers Balancing More Rigorous Standards?

Veteran kindergarten teachers aren't worried that the content in kindergarten is too difficult, but they do say far too much has been packed into everyday. It's not developmentally appropriate.

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The Trends and Challenges Shaping Technology Adoption In Schools

The trends and challenges that shape the landscape of education technology are just as important as the technologies themselves.

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Tapping Into the Adolescent Need For Purpose to Motivate Learners

Adolescents are often painted as rebellious risk takers, but the developmental traits that make them difficult can also be harnessed for good.

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Don’t Leave Learning Up to Chance: Framing and Reflection

When educators take the time to explicitly frame the maker activities and build meaningful reflection in at the end, they're helping to ensure kids are reaching the desired learning goal.

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How Creating Imagery Can Help Dyslexic Students Who Struggle with Shakespeare

Techniques developed to help those with dyslexia are also being used with professional actors at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

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What Do Teachers Need to Truly Challenge Every Kid in the Classroom?

A new report suggests that 20 to 45 percent of students are at least one grade level ahead in at least one subject.

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