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11 Habits of an Effective Teacher

<b>2. Makes a Difference</b><p>There is a saying, "With great power, comes great responsibility". As a teacher, you need to be aware and remember the great …

8 Pathways to Every Student's Success

In a nutshell, it happens when we understand how children and teens successfully mature to adulthood and how we impact their growth in key …

Trump's tax plan: massive cuts for the 1% will usher 'era of dynastic wealth'

President Donald Trump is set to give America’s richest 1% an average annual tax cut of $214,000 when he takes office, while more than eight million families with children are expected to suffer financially under his proposed tax plan.<p>On the eve of the election, Trump promised to “massively cut …

Lab Supply Lists for K-12

Middle School

Visiting Grand Canyon During Winter - Grand Canyon National Park (U.S. National Park Service)

Colder temperatures, shorter days, and snow bring a slower pace to one of the nation's most visited national parks. Winter visitors find paths less …

The best of Arizona: the Grand Canyon and beyond

Humbling geological features, fascinating Native American history, forest-covered mountains, and a vast range of activities – its nickname is The Grand Canyon State but Arizona has much more to offer the visitor than that undeniably grand canyon.<p>Luckily, it's all within an easy-to-manage loop …

The Grand Canyon: how to get the most from a short trip

On my first trip to the Grand Canyon, I made a classic rookie mistake: part of a longer road trip, I didn't give myself much time and I didn't do any advance research, so I ended up with a version of the Griswold experience. There it was - big, beautiful but somewhat underwhelming. Back in the …

The perils of “Growth Mindset” education: Why we’re trying to fix our kids when we should be fixing the system

<b>(AP/Jose F. Moreno)</b><p>How a promising but oversimplified idea caught fire, then got coopted by conservative ideology<p>Alfie Kohn<p>August 16, 2015 9:59am (UTC)<p>One of the most popular ideas in education these days can be summarized in a single sentence (a fact that may help to account for its …

Self-esteem

Watch: 9 Science-Backed Tips to Help You Study Smarter, Not Harder

Not all cramming is created equal.<p>If you're working a job you love and can leave behind once you walk out of the office each night, then …

Students' View of Intelligence Can Help Grades

A new study in the scientific journal <i>Child Development</i> shows that if you teach students that their intelligence can grow and increase, they do better in school.<p>All children develop a belief about their own intelligence, according to research psychologist Carol Dweck from Stanford University.<p>"Some …

Teaching

5 Highly Effective Teaching Practices

What Research Says<p>This leads me to educational researcher John Hattie, who wrote <i>Visible Learning for Teachers: Maximizing Impact on Learning</i>. Through …

How Does the Brain Learn Best? Smart Studying Strategies

In an interview, he highlighted three take-home messages from his book:<p><i>Forgetting isn't always bad.</i> Most of the time, it’s natural and essential to …

Fostering Student Questions: Strategies for Inquiry-Based Learning

1. The Question Formulation Technique<p>The Question Formulation Technique offers a starting place to teach students how to construct questions that …

Slowing Down to Learn: Mindful Pauses That Can Help Student Engagement

The added bonus of these pause punctuations is that they give us as teachers a few moments to practice mindfulness. When this becomes an intentional …

Google Draw and Slides: Tips for Creating Templates - Teacher Tech

The drawing features in Google Draw and Slides allow you to create templates for your students to manipulate. Create math manipulatives, annotate …

Transdisciplinarity: Thinking Inside and Outside the Box

From that point on, we made a concerted effort to coordinate and integrate our teaching. However, the school schedule did not permit deeper …

5 Tips to Make Your STEM Classroom More Efficient

STEM classrooms are a great place for students to engage in real-world problem solving, and a great place to learn about important concepts in …

Create Interactive Lessons and Monitor Progress Live with Stile

Stile is a power tool for creating and teaching interactive lessons. Not only can you quickly create interactive lessons, you can also monitor …

Why schools must create a culture of reading

by Jarred Amato<p>As a high school English teacher, I constantly find myself creating analogies to help my students comprehend confusing concepts. (I’m …

Resources on Learning From Failure

Resources by Topic:<p>Fostering Growth-Friendly Learning Environments<p>How to Help Kids Overcome Fear of Failure: Learn about Martin Covington’s research …

Why Creativity Is a Numbers Game

<i>Adapted from Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind, by Scott Barry Kaufman and Carolyn Gregoire, available today.</i><p>It’s a …

Surprise! White People Don't Really Care About School Diversity

They're just fine with doing nothing to desegregate America's classrooms.<p>Last century, white parents from Arkansas to Boston vigorously opposed the integration of local schools. Today, most white Americans still do not support interventions that would put more of their children in classrooms with …

Civil Rights

5 Classroom Strategies That Help Introverts and Extroverts Do Their Best Work

Thanks in no small part to Susan Cain's bestseller <i>Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking</i>, people have never been more …

Resources for growth and learning mindsets

Everything about <b>mindset.</b><p>The Mindset Kit is a free set of online lessons and practices designed to help you teach and foster adaptive beliefs about …

Resources on Developing Resilience, Grit, and Growth Mindset

Explore an array of resources for understanding and building student perseverance, and consider questions raised by the research on grit. <i>(15+</i> …

How Does Poverty Influence Learning?

Health and Well-Being<p>These factors are interrelated, and one factor can compound another. For instance, substandard housing, inadequate medical care, …

Pedagogy

Resources on Managing Stress

The Science on Stress and Learning<p>Can Stress Help Students: Review the research on stress to learn about both positive and negative stress, and …

Pedagogy

Equity vs. Equality - The Difference Matters for Women in Tech

A picture is worth a 1000 words. How true especially when you try to communicate something as sensitive as creating equitable workplaces. What does …