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Five Compelling Reasons For Teaching Spatial Reasoning To Young Children

Research spanning several cognitive science disciplines shows a strong connection between early spatial reasoning training and future academic success.

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Creative Ways To Manage Paperwork Load For Special Education Teachers

Ask any special ed teacher and they will probably tell you that paperwork is the bane of their jobs. These three teachers at Renaissance Academy in Utah have figured out how to keep it under control.

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How The Systemic Segregation Of Schools Is Maintained By ‘Individual Choices’

Journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones says school segregation will continue to exist in America "as long as individual parents continue to make choices that only benefit their own children."

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Books Teachers Share: Maria del Mar Patron Vazquez and ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude’

Reading "One Hundred Years of Solitude" inspired educator Maria del Mar Patron Vazquez to major in literature and became a turning point in her life.

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How Students Critiquing One Another’s Work Raises The Quality Bar

When students practice giving kind, specific and helpful feedback on each other's work, they learn the value of revision and define for themselves what quality work looks like.

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What Kids Can Learn When Blocks Get A Tech Boost

A program at Carnegie Mellon is using technology to enhance the block-building experience for kids.

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Four Ways School Leaders Can Support Meaningful Innovation

Justin Reich outlines ways school leaders can identify, apply and nurture changes that are needed to make sure education is keeping up with students' needs.

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Books Teachers Share: Lillie Marshall and ‘A Long Walk to Water’

Teacher Lillie Marshall found a deeper understanding into students' perspectives by reading and teaching the book "A Long Walk to Water" by Linda Sue Park.

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Why Design Thinking In Schools Loses Power When It’s Reduced To A Checklist

Design thinking, which is more of a process than a lesson plan, is in danger of the same misinterpretation and poor implementation as grit and growth mindset before it.

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They Still Need You: How Adults Help Young Kids Learn With Technology

New research reinforces the role of a human -- such as a parent or older child -- when young kids learn from technology.

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How One Teacher Let Go of Control To Focus On Student-Centered Approaches

Kristine Riley took the step towards student-centered learning by letting go of some of the controls she set in her classroom.

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Alicia Hunker and ‘Scary Close’: A Vulnerable Path To Confident Teaching

Reading Donald Miller's "Scary Close" helped sixth grade math teacher Alicia Hunker find her more authentic self and become a better person and educator.

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What’s Happening In The Brain When Your Imagination Is Active?

Conjuring images one has never seen before is a complex mental process for which the foundation is likely laid in childhood.

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Top Issues Capturing the Minds of Educators and Parents This Year

Student motivation, self-regulation and trauma are just a few of the topics that MindShift readers were especially interested in during 2016. Teachers also wanted to know how to improve the depth of...

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