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Learning Styles: Is Visual Learning Really A Thing?

Many students confuse a learning preference with inherent trait when really most learners benefit when new information is presented in multiple ways.

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What’s Going on Inside the Brain of a Bilingual Child?

Kids are showing reading gains in dual-language classrooms. There may be underlying brain advantages at work.

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Taking Small Steps Towards Change At A Big, Traditional High School

West Seattle High School is developing a program within the school to help struggling students develop the relationships and skills they need to thrive. The Focus program applied ideas from Big...

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What Types of Sound Experiences Enable Children to Learn Best?

Certain types of sound can help a child develop her ability to learn. What's not so great? An excess of meaningless sound, like white noise and noise pollution.

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How One School Changed Culture From Within So Students Could Succeed

Of all the innovative things happening in education, teachers at PS 89 focused in on building strong relationships with students and are seeing good results.

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What Neuroscience Can Tell Us About Making Fractions Stick

Students need a deep conceptual understanding of fractions to succeed in high school algebra. Maximizing learning with attention to brain science can help all students get there.

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Building A Tinkering Mindset In Young Students Through Making

Making with early elementary students is not only possible, but incredibly rewarding. Alice Baggett describes how the maker mindset has helped her students to own a growth mindset while having fun...

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Steps Teachers Can Take to Keep Girls and Minorities in Computer Science Education

An outline of practical steps has helped teachers keep students from under represented minority groups in computer science class. Part of the guideline means addressing bias in classwork and helping...

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A Lesson For Preschools: When It’s Done Right, The Benefits Last

The positive effects of high-quality early education in North Carolina stayed with kids into fifth grade, according to new research published in Child Development.

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Why Empathy Holds the Key to Transforming 21st Century Learning

Empathy -- the ability to understand another person's experiences and emotions -- can be a powerful learning tool for students and an important outcome of meaningful work.

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How to Develop Mindsets for Compassion and Caring in Students

How adults perceive children either as working from deficits or strengths can make a big difference in kids' resilience and motivation to learn.

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Three Things Top Performing Students Know That Their Peers Miss

Often the students earning the best grades in class aren't smarter, they're just working more efficiently.

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How Cross-Cultural Dialogue Builds Critical Thinking and Empathy

Generation Global helps students build empathy for those in different cultures by engaging in dialogue about their experiences. The goal is to make the exotic familiar.

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Three Tools for Teaching Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Skills

Teaching students how to make inferences and see positive sides of even terrible ideas can help them develop critical thinking skills.

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