In the Classroom

4 Things to Consider When Reaching for Grit, Growth Mindset
Thursday, February 8, 2018
4 Things to Consider When Reaching for Grit, Growth Mindset

You can’t go far without stumbling across an article about the importance of having and instilling a growth mindset or its now-frequent companion, grit. Although the idea of a growth mindset—an understanding that effort and persistence count for a lot—was initially applied within education circles, it has since spread into...

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Social Emotional Learning is Here—Now What?
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Social Emotional Learning is Here—Now What?

When the federal No Child Left Behind law was enacted in 2002, a new era of test-based accountability took root in the nation’s public schools. This meant high school students and students in grades 3 through 8 were tested annually in an effort to ensure they were "proficient" according to...

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Collaborative Learning: A Natural Fit for Adolescents
Thursday, November 30, 2017
Collaborative Learning: A Natural Fit for Adolescents

Collaborative learning is an approach to education built around interactive, dynamic classrooms and the theory that students learn better when they learn together. Research around the attributes and benefits of collaborative learning has fallen in and out of favor for at least the last 100 years, and the technique has...

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How to Create a Classroom Culture of Responsibility
Friday, November 10, 2017
Creating a Classroom Culture of Responsibility

As educators, it’s natural to want our classrooms to reflect students’ success. We ensure students have clear directions and deadlines for their assignments, plenty of resources to support their learning, and feedback to guide their progress—but while we’re supporting student success in the short term, we also need to have an...

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6 Tips to Help Students Develop a Growth Mindset in the Classroom
Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Between two students, one with the motivation to persevere after a mistake and one who refuses to try when an assignment "looks hard," which do you think is more likely to achieve academically? Even without any other information, it is clear that the first student—the one with a growth mindset—is better...

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4 Ways to Drive Family Engagement at Back-To-School Night
Tuesday, September 5, 2017
4 Ways to Drive Family Engagement at Back-To-School Night

Family engagement is an important factor in student academic achievement at all grade levels. In fact, a report by Child Trends indicated that children with families who are engaged in their school life have greater academic success and fewer behavioral problems, and that parental involvement in school is more highly...

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Implementation Tips: How to Start the School Year on the Right Foot
Monday, August 28, 2017

Incredible ideas abound in education, from hiring students to serve as "tech leaders" in the classroom to using portfolios as an alternative way to assess student work. But, without clear implementation plans to back them up, great ideas run the risk of floating away like untethered balloons. Federal, state, and...

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Grit: An Essential Ingredient of Academic Success
Monday, March 6, 2017
Grit: An Essential Ingredient of Academic Success

An athlete who wins an Olympic medal. A cadet who passes basic training. A student who earns a high GPA. What do these people have in common? Talent or intelligence may have been the first answers to come to mind, but there’s another less conspicuous factor that runs strong in these individuals: grit....

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