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Factitious - A Game That Tests Your Ability to Spot Fake News

Factitious is a game for testing your skill at identifying fake and misleading news stories. The game was developed by the American University Game …

Five Ways to Boost Metacognition In the Classroom

We live in an era where robotics and artificial intelligence will replace many of our current jobs. Global connectivity will continue to allow …

Pedagogy

Why are charter schools paying a bounty (with public funds) to get students?

An Arizona charter school is paying a commission for bringing a student – and the thousands in public funding that go with the child -- to its door.

Education

10 Ways To Start Shifting Your Classroom Practices Little By Little

When a colleague invited Joy Kirr to a professional development day featuring the Scottish design thinking expert Ewan McIntosh she didn’t think it …

Teaching

The Importance of Simplicity, Clarity, and Priority

<i>The Key to Success? Doing Less.</i><p>—<i>The Wall Street Journal</i>, 2018<p><i>The first principle of simplicity is: reduce.</i><p>—John Maeda, 2006<p>As Allan Odden writes, our …

Pedagogy

How LeBron James’ new public school really is the first of its kind

The I Promise School is unique — but it’s also building from a successful model.<p>Akron’s public schools have a major problem; its at-risk students are falling well behind the rest of the K-12 population in the classroom. The question the district faces now is whether LeBron James can fix that.<p>James’</i> …

Education

No, private schools aren’t better at educating kids than public schools. Why this new study matters.

By Valerie Strauss<p>Reporter<p>Despite evidence showing otherwise, it remains conventional wisdom in many parts of the education world that private schools do a better job of educating students, with superior standardized test scores and outcomes. It is one of the claims that some supporters of school …

Education

An Enormous Study of the Genes Related to Staying in School

Researchers have found 1,271 gene variants associated with years of formal education. That’s important, but not for the obvious reasons.<p>When scientists publish their research, it’s rare for them to write an accompanying FAQ that explains what they found and what it means. It’s especially rare for …

Genetics

Guest Post: Using A “Jigsaw” In Math Class

<b>Editor’s Note: I’m a big fan of using the Jigsaw instructional strategy (see This Is Interesting: Hattie Says Jigsaw Strategy Hits a Homerun and Two</b> …

Viral photo shows young basketball players kneeling out of respect for funeral procession

Thanks to social media, a moving gesture of respect has gone viral.<p>Louisiana news affiliate WAFB reports that mourners were taking part in a funeral …

'The teacher retention crisis is bad for schools – but it’s even worse for pupils'

Anyone who’s ever left a school knows how hard it is. It doesn’t matter how valid or convincing your reasons are. "Can’t you just have the baby and …

The Written Word

Episode 12: The Student Voice<p>Listen to Episode 12:<p>The Student Voice<p>On this podcast, we talk a lot about writing, particularly teaching students how …

A Hyperdoc Unit That Will Blown Your Mind!

Pinterest<p>A Hyperdoc Unit That Will Blow Your Mind!<p>Hyperdocs are amazing, but this is an entire Hyperdoc UNIT that will blow your mind!<p>This Hyperdoc …

High-Paying Trade Jobs Sit Empty, While High School Grads Line Up For University

Like most other American high school students, Garret Morgan had it drummed into him constantly: Go to college. Get a bachelor's degree.<p>"All through my life it was, 'if you don't go to college you're going to end up on the streets,' " Morgan said. "Everybody's so gung-ho about going to college."<p>So …

College & University

How Indianapolis Public Schools is using opportunity culture

When Jeremy Baugh took the helm as principal of School 107 three years ago, staff turnover was so high that about half the teachers were also new to …

Playlists: A Path to Personalizing Learning

One reason I am such a big advocate for blended learning is that using the various models allow me to spend more time on the aspects of my job that I …

Teaching

Here's what annoyed high school students most about the switch to Common Core

The Common Core standards were supposed to get students to understand math more deeply. For some California high school students, it didn’t work out …

Majority of U.S. public school students are in poverty

For the first time in at least 50 years, a majority of U.S. public school students come from low-income families, according to a new analysis of 2013 federal data, a statistic that has profound implications for the nation.<p>The Southern Education Foundation reports that 51 percent of students in …

Education

With teen mental health deteriorating over five years, there's a likely culprit

Around 2012, something started going wrong in the lives of teens.<p>In just the five years between 2010 and 2015, the number of U.S. teens who felt …

Research Studies Of The Week

I often write about research studies from various fields and how they can be applied to the classroom. I write individual posts about ones that I …

Why Teens Should Understand Their Own Brains (And Why Their Teachers Should, Too!)

A teenage brain is a fascinating, still-changing place. There's a lot going on: social awareness, risk-taking, peer pressure; all are heightened during this period.<p>Until relatively recently, it was thought that the brain was only actively developing during childhood, but in the last two decades, …

Teens

Young Americans are the loneliest, surprising study from Cigna shows

Young people are far more likely than senior citizens to report being lonely and in poor health, a surprising survey of 20,000 Americans released Tuesday shows.<p>The overall national loneliness score was alarmingly high at 44 on a 20-to-80 scale, but the prevalence of social isolation among those …

Loneliness

The Top 10 Ways Blogs And WordPress Are Used In Schools

Since Edublogs began back in 2005, the definition of blogging has expanded greatly. Nowadays, a blog is simply a blank canvas that can be brought to …

Education Technology

Lessons from research

Making sense of academic thinking for the classroom<p>With many children struggling with reading in some way, there’s a wealth of evidence to help teachers support students<p>Published: 6:12 AM<p>Bradley Busch explains how psychology research into the effectiveness of student evaluation of learning and …

3Q: Negotiating Opportunities for Middle Class Children: An interview with Jessica McCrory Calarco

Jessica McCrory Calarco is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Indiana University at Bloomington and recently published the book Negotiating …

Teaching

Good Classroom Management Advice In The NY Times Today

What Hospitals Can Teach the Police is an excellent article in today’s New York Times.<p>It shares ideas on how many hospital staff have learned to …

Teaching

Four essential ingredients to teaching reading comprehension

Candy floss is amazing stuff. It is soft and easily moulded, but quickly dissolves. As I was watching a candy floss seller skilfully creating …

7 Brain-Based Ways to Make Learning Stick

When it comes to student learning, we usually think about how to get information into memory, says expert Marilee Sprenger. But we also have to get …

Teaching

Why do you rewatch your own Instagram stories?

<i>Why'd You Push That Button?</i> is back. We took a break last week to feast on Thanksgiving side dishes, and now we've returned to break down why we snack on our own Instagram content. More specifically, we want to know why people rewatch their own Instagram stories and obsessively check who's viewed …