In the Classroom

Social and Emotional Learning: 7 Ways to Partner With Families
Social and Emotional Learning: 7 Ways to Partner With Families

Although schools traditionally focus on academic skills, educators also play a significant role in students’ social and emotional development. After all, students are learning crucial interpersonal skills (e.g., self-management, relationship-building, and responsible decision-making) as they work on class projects and navigate peer relationships, and research bears out the importance of...

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5 Ways to Nurture Self-Awareness in Students
5 Ways to Nurture Self-Awareness in Students

Could nurturing students’ self-awareness be the key to unlocking academic potential? Many researchers seem to think so. In a 2019 piece published by the online education news and resource site Education Dive, Sucheta Kamath shared thorough, informative tips for helping students embrace this important skill. According to an online profile...

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All In Good Time: The Effectiveness of Timed Instruction
All In Good Time: The Effectiveness of Timed Instruction

If you've ever wished for “just five more minutes” before getting out of bed in the morning, you know firsthand that a seemingly insignificant amount of time can sometimes be immensely valuable. So, why not translate the same “every minute counts” mentality to classroom activities? As cited by columnist Jay Matthews...

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Peer Mentoring: A Potentially Beneficial Inclusion Strategy
Peer Mentoring: A Potentially Beneficial Inclusion Strategy

Among the many strategies and intervention programs that exist in education today, peer mentoring can be overlooked in spite of its potential. Those not yet convinced of its value need look no further than a recent Minneapolis Star Tribune profile of Peer Insights, a suburban middle-school program that pairs students...

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Making Social-Emotional Learning Part of Everyday School Instruction
Making Social-Emotional Learning Part of Everyday School Instruction

Getting students to read and write well is a key goal of language arts instruction. But what if teachers paired reading and writing with social-emotional learning (SEL)? Doing so would grant students access to a range of academic and life skills, according to Margaret Wilson of the International Literacy Association...

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Stuck in the Middle: Navigating the Middle School Experience
Stuck in the Middle: Navigating the Middle School Experience

“Little people have all the feelings that adults have—[just] with way less world experience,” according to Mayra Cruz, principal of a public middle school in Washington, D.C. Cruz’s words are a succinct answer to a question posed in a recent article from The Atlantic: Why is middle school so hard...

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How Can We Help Foster Greta Thunberg's Drive in All Students?
How Can We Help Foster Greta Thunberg's Drive in All Students?

In 2019, Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg captured the world’s attention with her eloquent environmental activism. But although Thunberg's fight against climate change certainly makes her stand out from the crowd, she is by no means the only youth activist out there. As noted in a CNN list of young environmental...

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