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Is Quality Math Preparation The Next Equity Battleground?

Affluent families are seeking extracurricular math coaching that engenders a love of math starting at an early age. This focus is increasing the number of very high math achievers, but does little...

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The Coach

For high school science teacher and basketball coach Jim Clark, coaching went beyond the classroom and the court. More than ten years later, he’s still a big support for one of his former athletes, Marcus Williams, who wouldn’t let go of his dream of becoming a doctor.

How to Bring ‘More Beautiful’ Questions Back to School

Young children ask lots of questions, but around the time they enter school, those questions begin to fade. Author Warren Berger outlines five ways to help students become better questioners and...

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How Has Google Affected The Way Students Learn?

Some researchers say we're losing our critical thinking and memory skills by relying on the search bar.

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What Colleges Can Gain by Adding Makerspaces to Their Libraries

Colleges are following the lead of K-12 schools and libraries by creating easily accessible makerspaces that are available to the entire student body.

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Why Some Colleges Are Ditching the Science Lecture For Hands-On Learning

The Learning Assistant Program at the University of Colorado Boulder trains undergraduates -- and by extension professors -- in better teaching techniques. It's affecting science learning from...

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What’s Lost When Kids Are ‘Under-connected’ to the Internet?

Most people have access to the Internet through mobile devices now, but that hasn't closed the digital divide for students, who need faster, more sophisticated programs for school work.

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Questions Adolescent Boys Ask About Puberty

For boys, the world of puberty is often a silent one when it comes to meaningful conversations with their dads and adult caregivers. Health educator Dr. Rob Lehman empowers dads and demonstrates helpful ways to answer a boy’s wide-ranging concerns about puberty, including myths about masturbation. He teaches in the Seattle area through his company, "Great Conversations."

Finding the Math in Storybooks for Young Children

Storybooks for young children that contain math ideas may be far more useful in helping kids learn about math than counting books.

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What Character Strengths Should Educators Focus On and How?

How do schools that focus on character affect students? One researcher took a close look by comparing schools that focus on moral, civic and performance character.

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How Teaching Parenting Skills At Doctor Visits Helps Kids’ Behavior

Using video to teach good parenting habits when children are babies leads to better behavior in kids later on, a study finds. The program is aimed at helping children in low-income families.

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As School Becomes More Collaborative, How Do Introverted Teachers Cope?

As learning environments emphasize collaboration and teamwork more often, how can leaders make sure to support introverted teachers and learners?

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The Puberty Lady

Sex education is supposed to be for the kids, but Julie Metzger, known as "The Puberty Lady," also targets her message to moms who are often the ones feeling awkward talking about puberty. A mother and daughter open up about their journey of feeling empowered to talk about sex.

Introducing ‘Stories Teachers Share’ Podcast From MindShift

MindShift has a new podcast! Take a listen.

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