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Distance Learning

Emphasizing the Importance of Play During Distance Learning

For young children, play is the primary vehicle for learning, and these ideas will help ensure that they continue to have rich play experiences at home.

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Distance Learning

Distance Learning FAQ: Solving Teachers’ and Students’ Common Problems

Lessons learned from problems during remote learning can help inform teaching and learning this fall.

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Early Years

48 Ultra-Cool Summer Sites for Kids and Teachers

Let the fun begin . . .

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Early Years

Preschoolers Prefer Books Rich in Whys

Want to increase a young child’s motivation to read? Tap into their natural curiosity, a new study finds.

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Culture

Lessons on Culturally Responsive Teaching From Black Churches

White teachers seeking to grow in their cultural competence and better engage black students can learn from a mainstay of many black communities.

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Home School

Inventive and Inspiring Ways to Learn from Home

If you are a parent leading ‘schools’ in your own home during COVID or a passionate educator looking for the opportunity in all this to break free of the mould and push education forward, this is for you.

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Emotion

Calming End-of-Year Stress

The school year’s end can be stressful for students leaving a structured environment for uncertain situations. Offer connection and affirmation to help them feel valued and confident.

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Online learning

4 Key Aspects of Teaching an Online Class

What an educator with experience teaching online has learned about structuring students’ online and offline experiences and how to provide feedback to keep the learning going.

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Online learning

7 Tips for Managing Distance Learning in Preschool

A preschool education director shares what her school is doing to keep kids’ screen time to a minimum while fostering play-based learning at home.

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Online learning

Why Are Some Kids Thriving During Remote Learning?

Though remote learning has brought many challenges, some students seem to be thriving in the new circumstances. What can we learn from them?

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Online learning

22 YA Novels to Help Students Process the Pandemic (or Forget It for a Bit)

A former school librarian shares recent young adult novels to boost kids’ resilience or give them some laughs. A few dystopian picks may provide a new perspective on the current situation.

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Online learning

‘The Show Must Go Online’: Arts Teachers Adapt to At-Home Instruction

From laundry art to 'name that tune,' arts enrichment teachers are finding creative ways to transition to remote teaching.

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Tuition

10 tips for cultivating creativity in your kids.

Turns out, it’s less about “teaching” creativity to children — and more about creating a fertile environment in which their creativity will take root, grow and flourish.

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Tuition

Apps for Students With Special Needs—As School Buildings Shutter.

The coronavirus creates a unique challenge for students with special needs—educators share recommendations for apps to support learning at home.

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Tuition

During Coronavirus, a Teacher Describes the Scramble to Go Digital.

In Bergen County, New Jersey, just outside New York City, a school closure pushes teachers to confront the challenges of online learning.

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Tuition

What Teachers in China Have Learned in the Past Month.

An American whose classroom in Beijing is now online shares what she and her team have learned since the coronavirus hit, just as U.S. teachers make the same shift.

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9 Strategies for Motivating Students in Mathematics.

Keep your math students engaged with these techniques.

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Borrowing a Literacy Strategy From Band Class.

A band teacher explains how a process he uses to train budding musicians’ inner voice can be used to help struggling readers improve.

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Simple Ways to Encourage Kindness in Students of All Ages.

With Random Acts of Kindness Day approaching, here are five easy ways to promote kindness across all age groups.

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Getting to the Heart of What Students Know in Math.

Challenging problems with several paths to the solution encourage students to develop their understanding of mathematical concepts.

“Learning is like rowing upstream: not to advance is to drop back.”

― Chinese proverb
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Teaching Your Heart Out: Emotional Labor and the Need for Systemic Change.

Love for their students is what drives many teachers—but it’s also what makes the profession really, really hard.

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Why Inclusion Matters on the Playground.

When general education students and students with special needs play together, it breaks down unconscious biases about disability and fosters relationships.

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Explore working memory and its importance to teaching and learning.

What it is, why it’s important for teachers to know about it and how an understanding of working memory can inform the way teachers teach.

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The Powerful Effects of Drawing on Learning.

The science is clear: Drawing beats out reading and writing to help students remember concepts.

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The Value of Digital Tools in Science Classes.

Digital learning experiences can be used to mirror the work of real scientists, boosting students’ engagement and learning outcomes.

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2019 Education Research Highlights.

Does doodling boost learning? Do attendance awards work? Do boys and girls process math the same way? Here’s a look at the big questions that researchers tackled this year.

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Women in STEM: how the UK should bridge the gender gap in tech.

With technology being one of the biggest and fastest growing industries in the world, it’s a shame that such an exciting and innovative industry is still lagging behind in terms of gender diversity.

“You will either step forward into growth, or you will step backward into safety.If a person will spend one hour a day on the same subject for five years, that person will be an expert on that subject.”

― Abraham Maslow
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Transforming a School Through Arts Integration.

Structuring a school around the arts can help students excel academically and develop social and emotional skills.

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How Sesame Street’s Muppets Became Revolutionaries.

Now celebrating its 50th year of broadcasting, Sesame Street remains committed to pushing the boundaries for social change.

“If a person will spend one hour a day on the same subject for five years, that person will be an expert on that subject.”

― Earl Nightingale
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Creating a Classroom Culture of Shared Ownership.

Getting buy-in from students at the outset encourages them to engage more deeply in their learning.

“For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.”

― Aristotle
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Students Think Lectures Are Best, But Research Suggests They’re Wrong.

A study reveals students prefer low-effort learning strategies—like listening to lectures—despite doing better with active learning.

“You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over.”

― Richard Branson
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Revealed: The highest-paying A-level subjects.

New figures show how much A-level and vocational students went on to earn for each subject.

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Putting Students in Charge of Their Learning Journey.

By leaving space in their lessons for authentic curiosity to take hold, teachers can enable deeper learning.

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Creating a Dysgraphia-Friendly Classroom.

Six ways to support students with dysgraphia—a learning difference that affects a person’s ability to produce written work.

“I'm still learning.”

― Michelangelo
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Maintaining Students’ Motivation for Learning as the Year Goes On.

Neuroscience can suggest ways to keep students working toward their learning goals after their initial excitement wears off.

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Future of the Classroom: Eight top education trends revealed by Google.

Tech, digital and innovation take the lead in a new report from Google for Education citing eight leading global education trends.

“The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don't tell you what to see.”

― Alexandra K. Trent
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3 Ways to Ask Questions That Engage the Whole Class.

These techniques guide all students to process course content and then actively demonstrate their learning.

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3 Ways to Boost Students’ Conceptual Thinking.

Coaching students to think in terms of concepts helps them understand how to apply their learning in the future.

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Promoting Active Reading Skills.

Placing prompts throughout a text challenges students to analyze and interpret what they read—improving reading comprehension.

“You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.”

― Zig Ziglar
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6 Elementary Reading Strategies That Really Work.

Strategies like choral reading and ear reading improve students’ reading fluency, expand their vocabulary, and increase their confidence.

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Quarter of secondary school pupils have private tuition.

More than one in four secondary school pupils have a private tutor, research shows. Young people from wealthier homes are significantly more likely to have additional help than their poorer peers.

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Building Executive Function Skills Can Be Fun.

Teachers can help students improve skills like inhibitory control and cognitive flexibility by explicitly connecting them to popular games—and then letting students play.

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”

― Nelson Mandela
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New T-level study to be worth three A-levels

Students who achieve the very top grade in their T-level qualification will have the equivalent of three A*s at A-level, it has been announced.

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6 Teacher-Approved Tips for Faster, More Effective Feedback

More is not always better (and other life-saving tips).

“Change is the end result of all true learning.”

― Leo Buscaglia
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What’s Lost When We Rush Kids Through Childhood

The author of The Importance of Being Little on the costs of our collective failure to see the world through the eyes of children.

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10 Student-Tested Chrome Extensions

Many teachers and students use Google Chrome, and it’s easy to customize with these extensions that really benefit students.

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A Student-Driven Approach to Experiential Learning.

See how a Reggio Emilia–inspired elementary school in Australia fosters student interests to spark curiosity and joy in learning.

“The best way to predict your future is to create it.”

― Abraham Lincoln
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Here's what a four-year-old should know. Hint: It has nothing to do with counting or writing their name.

As this year’s cohort of Reception children get ready to begin their formal education journey - this is a great article to read and consider.

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Teaching Kids to be Independent Thinkers

This excerpt is from How to Raise Successful People, a book by Esther Wojcicki, a teacher and the mother of Susan Wojcicki (the CEO of YouTube), Janet Wojcicki (a Fulbright winner), and Anne Wojcicki, cofounder of 23andMe. Steve Jobs’ daughter Lisa was one of her students.

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”

― Benjamin Franklin
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Six Things New Teachers Need to Know

You must roll up your sleeves, roll with punches, and get up every day asking yourself “what is best for the child?” This fundamental question will keep you grounded and heading in the right direction.

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The Playful Approach to Math

Math doesn’t have to be serious. One teacher believes play is the key to math comprehension for all ages.

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Calendar of significant dates for teachers 2019/20

“If only I had known about this sooner, I could have done this great activity with my class or I could have done an assembly about this topic…”

“We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.”

― Johann WolfGang Von Goethe
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Starting the Day With a Calming Routine

Exercises that help young students who’ve experienced trauma transition into the school day in a relaxed and ready state.

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Are we creating a generation of Forrest Gumps?

Despite his successes, the hero of the 1994 film always believed he was stupid because he'd failed at school. Are we bequeathing the same legacy to today's pupils?

“The important thing is to not stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.”

― Albert Einstein
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Can video make lesson observations easier?

Rob Aitken, edtech specialist at ONVU Learning, explains how video can be an effective observational tool.

“The more that you read, the more things you will know, the more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

― Dr. Seuss
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29th July

Why asking how to get boys reading might be the wrong question

Long Way Down author Jason Reynolds suggests that we need to listen to young people if we ever want to encourage them to get reading.

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25th July

Is that a 21st century school?

This depiction of a school would have been accurate in 1959 or 1989 — and is unfortunately too often the norm in 2019. School buildings haven't changed much in the past half century. Their outdated design is hurting students.

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”

― William Butler Yeats
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5 ways to maximise your summer

Today Angela Watson teaches us how to maximize our summer. If you like her ideas, take this quiz to see if her 40-hour workweek program is right for you.

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"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." – Nelson Mandela

“Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think.”

– Albert Einstein
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Videos
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Why Kids should draw more. The powerful effects of drawing on learning.

The Science is clear: Drawing beats out reading and writing to help students remember concepts.

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20th October

Google Champions Teacher Tech Training with New Program

The partnership between Google, Digital Promise and EdTechTeam seeks to solve the digital divide around professional development..

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2nd July

K–12 Educators Embrace Ingenuity and Adaptation to Prepare Students for the Future

Predictions about changes in the world of work prompt a rethinking of pedagogical aims and strategies.

“When children create for the world they make it good. When children create only for their teacher they make it good enough.”

– Rushton Hurley
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