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What is Germany’s dual education system — and why do other countries want it?

The German economy is powered by products sold the world over. The strength of Europe's powerhouse depends on outbound shipments. We take a look at …

Education

Why ‘personalized learning’ advocates like Mark Zuckerberg keep citing a 1984 study — and why it might not say much about schools today

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg made a bold statement in a recent essay: By giving students individual help, average students can be turned into …

18 Writing Lessons to Carry Into 2018

For the past 6 years on my blog, I’ve been writing an end-of-the-year list of life lessons learned. It occurred to me as I wrote 17 Things I Learned …

Writing

Five Ways to Boost Student Engagement with Flow Theory

If we want students to develop a maker mindset, we need to empower them to hit a state of creative flow. Flow Theory explains what happens when we …

Pedagogy

Getting educational research right

Research can guide teachers, but it cannot determine what will work in their classrooms<p>by Dylan Wiliam @dylanwiliam<p>In debates about whether education …

Pedagogy

How To Learn In 2 Days What Normally Takes 6 Months

Research has found that having clarity about your goals is essential to having motivation to achieve those goals.<p>If you’re not clear on what you’re …

Motivation

‘My quitting teaching had very little to do with the kids and everything to do with the grown-ups’

It took 24 years of marking dog-eared exercise books, resolving "friendship issues", planning lessons (and then planning new ones as the entire …

Teaching

When Learning a Foreign Language

Suppose you decided to start learning a new language—let’s say Italian. In the beginning stages of your language-learning journey, the Italian speech …

Language Learning

Freedom to Learn

I was painfully bored during my K-12 education. I looked forward to college anticipating that it would be different – more engaging, more …

Pedagogy

Science can’t succeed without philosophy

So called unquestionable truths are the death of scientific progress. If we can’t question supernatural explanations for disease, we’ll never create …

Me Learning: A Student-Centered Learning Model

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The Post

Developing Content For Authentic Learning

How To Develop Content For Authentic Learning<p>Learning by doing is the basis of authentic learning and is considered one of the most effective …

Pedagogy

What is Close Reading?

Re-posted on August 3, 2017. Up to this point, this blog entry is the one that has been read, cited, and distributed most often. Obviously a lot of …

6 Critical Thinking Questions For Any Situation

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Pedagogy

How To Respond When Students Say ‘I Can’t Do This’

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Pedagogy

How to Spot Visual, Auditory, and Kinesthetic-Learning Executives | Inc.com

I've been thinking a lot about communication lately. Perhaps it's because whenever I'm called to "solve" a business problem, it all really boils down to communication. These types of problems usually involve a person, or a group of people, who are working really hard to do a good job, but aren't …

Teaching

10 Strategies To Help Students Use Social Media For Critical Thinking

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Social Media

All Good Writing Comes Out of Aloneness

All good writing comes out of aloneness. You have to do it on an open highway. You wouldn’t want to do it in New York City. But on Highway 40 West or …

New York City

10 Must-Read Books That Should Be Mandatory Reading In High School

Mandatory reading isn't always everyone's favorite kind of reading. Everyone has that one book that they remember slogging through in high school …

We're All Born With Mathematical Abilities (And Why That's Important)

As an undergraduate at the University of Arizona, Kristy vanMarle knew she wanted to go to grad school for psychology, but wasn't sure what lab to join. Then, she saw a flyer: <i>Did you know that babies can count?</i><p>"I thought, <i>No way.</i> Babies probably can't count, and they certainly don't count the way …

Mathematics

Critical thinking: how to help your students become better learners

Want your class to make the most out of learning opportunities? Try focusing not just on the task itself, but how they approach it<p>Encouraging students to build awareness, understanding and control of their thought processes – also known as metacognition – has been identified by the Education …

Teaching

28 Critical Thinking Question Stems For Any Content Area

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Alternative Teaching Methods That Are Bound to Benefit Students

There is huge dissatisfaction amongst parents with mainstream education, about the concept of rote learning and cramming lessons that never benefits …

Teaching

8 Needs For Project-Based Learning In The 21st Century

The post 8 Needs For Project-Based Learning In The 21st Century appeared first on TeachThought. Project-Based Learning Terry Heick The Future Of …

Education Technology

10 Instructional Strategies for the Differentiated Classroom

In a Differentiated Classroom, teachers begin where students are, not from the front of the textbook. They recognize the strengths and areas of …

A Reading List for Differentiated Instruction

Jobs’s words in that speech inspired over 27 million views. Through practicing lifelong learning, we can connect the dots with learners and model how …

Pedagogy

You Can Actually Cut Your Diabetes Risk by Eating These Foods

One thing we know for sure in 2017: How you eat matters. Science has shown that your diet affects everything from your mood to physical health and …

7 books to make your teaching more memorable

Memory underpins learning. And yet, as a profession, we talk about it so rarely. What gives? Here are 7 books to kindle that conversation:<p>1. Make it …

Pedagogy

Bringing It All Together: Literacy, ICT and the 21st Century Skills

By Stephen PinelLiteracy, 21st century skills, ICT and a common pedagogical framework – these four seem to be flavours of the month in many schools, …

Pedagogy

Scaffolding Grit

I would argue that without passion or interest in a topic, grit is difficult to cultivate in oneself, and even harder to teach. It can feel nearly …

Pedagogy