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Now We’ll Finally Get to See the American Revolution Through the Eyes of King George

Shortly after the Revolutionary War, a British father of 15 sat down to think about the world “turned upside down.” He had never seen the American …

Humanities

S.E. Hinton on 'The Outsiders' 50th anniversary: 'I could never be that un-self-conscious again'

Next year, <i>The Outsiders,</i> S.E. Hinton’s classic novel of Greasers and Socs — which she published at the unbelievably young age of 16 — is celebrating …

Meet the 18-Year-Old Girl Who Has a Painting in the Met

Cliffannie Forrester is a name you'll want to remember.<p>Cliffannie Forrester has had kind of a big week. On June 14, her painting <i>"</i>Uganda" debuted at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's exhibition <i>P.S. Art 2016: Celebrating the Creative Spirit of New York City Kids.</i> It was just one of 89 works in the …

Metropolitan Museum of Art

National Convening on Personalized Learning

The Institute's annual convening is an opportunity for educators to come together to discuss emerging best practices, lessons learned, and introduce …

My greeting card message for high school grads: It's about to get harder

This week I went hunting for high school graduation greeting cards. As I browsed options a country mile long, two thoughts hit me like flying mortarboards.<p>First, what a tough choice. I can either pay for my kids’ college, or I can buy this overpriced singing pop-up card that’s heavier than a gold …

College & University

It’s lazy to blame video games for young men’s educational failures

While the gender gap in higher education is growing, it’s facile to say playing Minecraft and its ilk are the cause<p>Online video games are to blame for a decline in young men entering higher education. This is the neat claim made in a recent op-ed published by the <i>Times</i> under the subheading “The …

20 powerful tips for parenting teenagers

<i>(Photo by Getty Images)</i><p>Do you want your teenager to become a mature, responsible adult? I’m sure you do, but there will definitely be roadblocks …

Parenting

Edgar Allan Poe: the master of horror writing

<b>The Murders In The Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe, considered to be the first modern detective story, was published in the USA on April 20, 1841. In this article, first published in January 2009, author Joanne Harris celebrates the psychological complexity of his Gothic tales.</b><p>I first became …

Literature

Doug Lemov: Too often, the way we teach reading in schools is wrong

<i>Want to keep up with the latest education news and opinion? Follow TES USA on Twitter and like TES US on Facebook.</i><p>One evening while I was in the …

When Social and Emotional Learning Is Key to College Success

While test scores can predict academic success, self-management and relationship skills may better prepare students to thrive and graduate.<p>CHICAGO—For the eighth grader Kimberly Wilborn, a lesson about Nelson Mandela made it all click.<p>“Ms. Plante was talking about Nelson Mandela and how he forgave …

Nelson Mandela

KQED

<b>By NPR Staff</b><p>Teens can’t control impulses and make rapid, smart decisions like adults can — but why?<p>Research into how the human brain develops helps …

The Brain

Feeling Alone as the Opportunity Gap Widens for Kids

Gebbe/FlickrAfter raising her daughters, stay-at-home mother Susan Norwood knew that she wanted to be a teacher. She had spent plenty of time at …

Mountaineering

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It's official, teachers must relax over Christmas to avoid burnout

A new study has found that shunning work over the festive period is critical to avoid exhaustion. Our community offers their advice on how to unwind<p>Teachers will be looking forward to a well-earned rest this Christmas. But it can be tough to switch off from – and avoid catching up on – work. It …

The Star Wars Plot Device That's 150 Years Old

Marco Grob for TIME<p>TIME<p>TIME<p>Cover Credit: PHOTO-ILLUSTRATION FOR TIME BY JOHN WHITE. PHOTOGRAPH OF DARTH MAUL BY KEITH HAMSHERE ©LUCASFILM LTD. ALL …

Which Reading Skills are Critical to Learn in the Ninth Grade?

Many freshmen coming into one of Nashville’s top public high schools are competent and fluent readers, but have a hard time reading deeply, making …

Teaching

KQED

By Rachel Zimmerman, WBUR CommonHealth Blog<p>Sixth-grader Josh Thibeau has been struggling to read for as long as he can remember. He has yet to …

A Hunger for Dystopia: Critical Thinking on the Journey to Self-Discovery

I was in high school in the mid '90s when I first read George Orwell's dystopian novel <i>1984</i>. It lifted the veil of my childhood innocence, opening my …

20 Tips To Promote A Self-Directed Classroom Culture

<b>20 Tips To Promote A Self-Directed Classroom Culture</b><p>It’s an age-old saying, “Give a man a fish, and feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and feed …

How Reading Fiction Books Can Change You in a Major Way

Who we are, what we do and what we can do, is largely determined by how well our minds and our brains function.<p>Our interests, the habits we form and …

7 Benefits Of Reading Literary Fiction You May Not Know

Literary fiction is one of the most beneficial mediums for our everyday lives. From finding more tranquility to discovering innovative approaches to …

Paulo Coelho

KQED

When Kate Griffith brought a huge batch of homemade chocolate chip cookies into an 8th grade class, she was doing more than sharing her culinary …

Teaching

Here are the 12 most inhumane American presidents

For all the gravity with which the presidency is written about, assessments of presidents are often at least partly based on fluff more suitable for …

Six Good Reasons Why Middle School Rocks

A New MiddleWeb Blog<p>The majority of my 20-plus years of teaching have been at the middle school level. When people ask what I do and I tell them …

Teaching

This I Believe- Importance of Mistakes – Hunni AP

<i>Making Mistakes: The Perfect Source of Learning</i><p>Everybody makes mistakes. They are a natural part of life. Making mistakes not only allows people to …

Thomas Edison

Why Summer Vacations Should Be Shorter

For parents, summer break often means expensive extracurriculars and an incredibly inconvenient schedule.<p>I’m shaking sand from the beach towels and tucking bathing suits into plastic storage bins in the hall closet. The paperwork for fall sports and music classes is waiting on the kitchen counter. …

Nonprofits

5 Common Teaching Practices I’m Kicking to the Curb

<b>Listen to an Extended Version of this Post in a Podcast:</b><p><b>So many of us teach the way we were taught.</b> We may not even realize we’re doing it. And that …

Dear Teachers: You're Not Fooling Me

Dear teachers,<p>As a mom to a gaggle of kids, I'm a little consumed this time of year. I've spent hours at the store going over different school supplies lists and checking off stuff as I throw it in my cart. The total adds up in my head as I travel down each aisle, and I get a little sick to my …

How Schools Are Handling An 'Overparenting' Crisis

Have you ever done your children's homework for them? Have you driven to school to drop off an assignment that they forgot? Have you done a college student's laundry? What about coming along to Junior's first job interview?<p>These examples are drawn from two new books — <i>How to Raise an Adult</i> by Julie …

Parenting

What Will It Take for iPads to Upend Teaching and Learning?

Students at Hillview Elementary School use iPads in math class.As schools across the country consider which devices to invest in, they must first …