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11/22/2017

Research shows that metacognitive activities -- those that promote the ability to think about thinking -- can benefit children as young as age 3. This blog post reviews recent research and offers tips to promote metacognition in elementary, middle and high schools.

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11/22/2017

To celebrate Thanksgiving, educators interviewed for this article reveal the lessons they are grateful to have learned from their students. Middle-school social studies teacher AJ Bianco says a student taught him to just be himself and let his "nerd flag fly."

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11/22/2017

Game design can help students engage in learning to expand and demonstrate their knowledge of academic content from science to language arts, some teachers say. North Carolina English teacher Thomas Garrou's students created board games based on epic characters from literature, including "Beowulf."

11/22/2017

A Chicago high school once known for low performance and gang violence has boosted student achievement and graduation rates with skills-based learning. Under principal Juan Ocon's leadership, the school reworked grading practices and focused on helping students master specific skills.

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11/22/2017

Students should be exposed to computer science and hacking at an early age, asserts Carolina Zarate, a student at Carnegie Mellon University. In this commentary, she shares how early exposure can help prepare students for careers in the growing field of computer security.

11/22/2017

The US Department of Education initially found that Michigan's Every Student Succeeds Act plan was not complete enough to review -- making it one of few submitted plans not approved. The plan has been resubmitted and is expected to go through peer review.

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11/22/2017

The US Senate Appropriations Committee is considering a spending bill that could reduce funding by about 25% for a college tuition-aid program in Washington, D.C. Officials with the mayor's office say they will "fight to save full funding for this program."

11/22/2017

Students at two Washington, D.C., schools are learning about US history from the perspectives of nonwhite groups and nontext resources. Students at one school petitioned to rename the Columbus Day holiday as Indigenous Peoples Day after holding a mock trial for the explorer, while students at another school role-played the positions of five groups with varied views about the Dakota Access Pipeline.

11/22/2017

First-graders in an Oklahoma elementary school are using stopwatches to build their math, reading and motor skills. Teachers say the stopwatches help boost student engagement in learning and students' use of technology.

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11/22/2017

Math teacher Robert Ahdoot suggests teachers become "supportive facilitators," who show students how to challenge themselves and embrace struggle. In this blog post, Ahdoot recommends strategies to help students "think critically about their learning methods."

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