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How Schools Spark Excitement for Learning with Role Playing and Games

Game savvy teachers are giving kids the ability to play in teams and set out for conquests through role-playing games. Through the gameplay, kids create meaningful learning experiences with another,...

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How Extra Arts Education at School Boosts Students’ Writing Scores — And Their Compassion

A new study found that giving students more access to arts at school had positive effects on kids' writing test scores, discipline and compassion. The additional program cost the schools about $15...

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When Teens Threaten Violence, A Community Responds With Compassion

After years of being beaten up, this teen decided to take justice into his own hands. A school district in Oregon showed him a better way to solve his problems.

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How High-Crime Neighborhoods Make It Harder For Kids To Show Up At School

A new study suggests living in a high-crime area, or simply passing through one on the way to school, can lead to more absences.

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How to Help Teenage Girls Reframe Anxiety and Strengthen Resilience

Sometimes anxiety and stress reach levels that impede a girl’s ability to navigate life effectively. Dr. Lisa Damour has tips for parents and teens to help manage these situations.

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School Shooters: What’s Their Path To Violence?

Psychologists and the FBI say they are getting a better understanding of the mix of factors that lead some kids to open fire on a classroom. The shooting can be an act of desperation fueled by anger.

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How Teachers Are Changing Grading Practices With an Eye on Equity

Joe Feldman contends many of the earnest practices teachers continue to use are hold-overs from how they were graded and may actually be doing harm to student learning.

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Why It’s Crucial — And Really Hard — To Talk About More Equitable Grading

Teachers thoughtfully develop grading policies in their classrooms that they believe will promote learning. But what if those same policies unintentionally add to the inequity in the system?

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What Teachers and Sports Coaches Can Learn From Each Other

Coaches have skills that can help kids develop experiences outside of the classroom and teachers know how kids learn and connect with information. Both have complementary benefits that can help how...

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If You’re Often Angry Or Irritable, You May Be Depressed

Physicians have been taught to look for signs of hopelessness, sadness and lack of motivation to help them diagnose depression. But anger as a depression symptom is less often noticed or addressed.

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Six Ways to Teach Social and Emotional Skills All Day

Social-emotional learning shouldn’t be relegated to a distinct unit or stand-alone curriculum. Here’s how to infuse it throughout the day.

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With Unfilled Jobs, Businesses Push Rural Residents Toward College

Rural Americans are less likely to go to college than their urban counterparts. Businesses desperate to fill jobs with skilled workers are helping to change this.

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How Effective Sports Coaches Help Students Feel Understood at School

The experience of having a coach who can guide a team towards a common goal can help deepen the relationships a student has at school and help individuals feel a part of something bigger than...

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Angry?! How Naming and Understanding the Different Kinds of Anger Can Help

While many people believe that how we feel and express anger is hard-wired, some scientists suggest our experience and culture help shape it. One way to get a handle on it may be to personalize it.

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