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By Connie Wessner | Perspectives on Education from the CSD Admin Team

10 ways to have a better conversation | Celeste Headlee

When your job hinges on how well you talk to people, you learn a lot about how to have conversations -- and that most of us don't converse very well. …

Leadership

The 13 most innovative schools in the world

Innovation in education can look like lots of things, like incorporating new technology or teaching methods, going on field trips, rejecting social norms, partnering with the local community.<p>It can be a floating school in an impoverished region, like the one in Lagos, Nigeria.<p>Or it can be a school …

Education

Schools around the world – in pictures

In the run-up to UN World Teachers’ Day on 5 October, Reuters photographers have documented schools around the world. Those featured include an education centre without books and electricity in Vietnam, and an elite institution formerly attended by Winston Churchill and Benedict Cumberbatch

Positive Parenting Solutions & Educational Resources | Love & Logic®

Parents<p>Raise self-confident, motivated children who are ready for the real world. Loving, yet powerful tools for parenting children of all ages.<p>Shop …

It's Time For Middle School. (Don't be afraid. Don't be very, very afraid.) | TODAY.com

You start to hear the whispers toward the end of fifth grade and with mounting alarm and anxiety the voices get louder.<p>“I cannot do middle school.”<p>“I just want to skip the next few years.”<p>“This is gonna SUCK.”<p>And those are the parents talking.<p>What is it that parents dread most about their kids …

Parenting

Summer Reading: Let’s Give ‘Em Something to Talk About …

<i>(</i><b>Note to Readers:</b><i> Before you dive in here, we need to get something straight. A visit to the principal’s office is, in and of itself, not always a</i> …

Romeo and Juliet

Reading Routines

The month of May is bittersweet to me. It is filled with beginnings and endings. I am sad to say goodbye to our students and know that when they …

Kids

“Be” With Your Kids – The Power of Reading

For those of you who know me, you know that I will be facing a pretty major milestone in the next few weeks. My only child, Jack, is about to …

Kids

Schools in Finland will no longer teach 'subjects'

For years, Finland has been the by-word for a successful education system, perched at the top of international league tables for literacy and …

CSD: Power of We

In this season of reflection and celebration, we want to take a minute to put our teachers front and center. We know. You’ve heard it all before.<p>We …

Rejecting the Winner-Take-All Mentality

A couple of weeks back I had one of those NPR driveway moments. You know–it’s when one of those crazy stories on NPR has you hooked, you’ve timed the …

Leaders In Learning – My Take

<i>I spoke at the inaugural CIPD Leaders in Learning Network event in Edinburgh on Thursday. 7 minutes on The Value of a Leaders in Learning Network.</i> …

4 tools to help introverts in a 1-to-1 classroom

There is a suggestion that rolling out a 1:1 iPad project will be a great equalizer in the classroom. Indeed many criticisms of BYOD revolve around …

Personality

What is a hybrid classroom?

When artists blend styles into a Latin reggae or manufacturers mix tablets with laptops to create a phablet, the idea is to create a superior product …

Why Teaching Poetry Is So Important

The oft-neglected literary form can help students learn in ways that prose can't.<p>16 years after enjoying a high school literary education rich in poetry, I am a literature teacher who barely teaches it. So far this year, my 12th grade literature students have read nearly 200,000 words for my class. …

CSD: Power of We

Welcome to CSD: Power of We, our new CSD Admin blog! Here, each month, you’ll find reflections from Joy, Leslie, Marianne, Connie, and Juli about …

Snow Days Show Why Schools, Blended Learning Matter

No, this isn’t another piece about how online learning can allow students to continue to learn even when school is canceled because of snow—although …

A Very Good List Featuring 40 Questions to Develop Students Reflective Thinking

February 9, 2015<br>After the popular PBL checklist, Edutopia has recently shared this wonderful list of reflection questions. The list is realized by …

Pedagogy

Saving School Choice Without Undermining Poor Communities

Republicans and Democrats are at odds over how to overhaul No Child Left Behind so it better supports low-income children. But what if they're missing the point?<p>The House of Representatives is slated to consider an overhaul of the bill this month, and Senate legislation is moving forward in …

Education

Infographic | Looking Into Middle School Math Mind

If you’ve ever taught middle school or been around a middle school student, you’re probably aware that students’ cognitive abilities are still …

Education

Critically Examining What You Teach

by <b>Grant Wiggins</b>, Ph.D, Authentic Education<p>In my 100th blog post I complained about the course called ‘algebra’. Some commenters misunderstood the …

Teaching

Note to Principals: Stop Spending Money on Technology.

4 Stories Great Leaders Tell To Engage Their People

German novelist and playwright Gustav Freytag wanted to understand how storytelling impacted the human psyche. He wondered, “What makes a story so engaging that it changes a person’s behavior?” After studying William Shakespeare’s work, Freytag designed a map of storytelling—a key that explained …

Storytelling