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A Kindergarten Designed to Let Kids Be Kids

A kindergarten meant to make the outdoors and movement an essential part of the school day.

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What Kids Need for Optimal Health and School Engagement

Students need playtime, downtime, and family time to thrive in all areas of life.

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How to Bring Playfulness to High School Students

Play is often the domain of young children, but as those kids become teens, learning playfully maintains its importance, especially as academics and competitive sports take over.

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Five Clever Ideas to Spark Independent Reading by Kids

Letting kids choose what and how they read without judgment is a great way to get them hooked. Joining a "Somewhat Virtual Book Club" can also help.

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How Teaching With Symmetry Improves Math Understanding

Education researchers at Stanford have discovered that symmetry is key to how kids understand positive and negative integers.

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How Freshman Seminars Can Help Students Starting the Ninth Grade

Freshman Seminars for the transition from middle to high school are helping students learn valuable skills for succeeding in high school.

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Which Reading Skills are Critical to Learn in the Ninth Grade?

The type of critical reading skills needed in high school can make the transition into the ninth grade a challenge, so some educators in Nashville are rethinking the curriculum.

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Mental Health Issues in Childhood Connected to Adult Difficulties

Children with mental health issues are more likely to struggle with jobs, family and social life as adults. And that's true even for children whose problems aren't severe enough to be diagnosed.

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Making Learning Visible: Doodling Helps Memories Stick

Schools are teaching sketchnoting as an innovative way to help students synthesize information that's important. Doodlers are making connections from what they hear to what they draw.

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Why It’s Easy to Forget the Several Things You Tried to Remember at Once

When you have to remember many things at once, you might try to juggle all those to-do items in your head simultaneously. But new scientific research suggests there might be a better approach.

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How Writing Down Specific Goals Can Empower Struggling Students

Goal-setting closed achievement gaps in a recent experiment. The key element? Students put their thoughts in writing.

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The Key to Boosting English Learners’ Language Skills? Challenging Content

A blended learning curriculum meant to help English Language Learners pick up the academic vocabulary they'll need to succeed has been created through a partnership between Middlebury Interactive...

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Steps to Help Schools Transform to Competency-Based Learning

Some best practices around implementing competency-based learning are beginning to emerge, especially for schools looking to make the leap from traditional structures.

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From Eighth to Ninth Grade: Programs That Support a Critical Transition

The major shift from middle to high school can be a tough challenge to any student. Several schools have programs in place to help students be more aware of that important transition.

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