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For Those Taking a Summer Break and For...

Wishing those of you who are now on Summer Break a very relaxing time. As someone that taught for 33 1/2 years, the very first FULL day of vacation was always the beginning of possibilities of things to do that I didn't get to do during the school year. In fact, I remember dreading the alarm clock going off at 6 a.m. during the...

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Teaching Students About Money

Recently, I was cleaning the garage, going through some old classroom supplies, when I came across a pile of money.

Well, not really—it was “play” money I had created years ago, when I taught a self-contained fifth-grade, gifted classroom. The money was part of an economic system I used with the students, one that produced lots of fun but also instilled valuable lessons.

One of the largest gaps in our current education system is financial literacy. We do little if...

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The Global Search for Education: What...

“For depressed rural areas, there are two options: Help people relocate to stronger areas or help them get skills and jobs where they are, at least partly through subsidized job creation and newer kinds of economic development.” — Harry Holzer

Donald Trump’s journey to become president of the US in 2016 raised high...

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The Global Search for Education: What...

“Each of those objects is a portrait of who we were as a society, and a promise of who we wanted to be. So who are you now, and who do you want to become, now that you’ve had a look into the mirror of Robots?” — Ling Lee

What will robots mean to our future, and more specifically, what will their impact mean for learning and...

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Humor in the Classroom: No Joking Matter

I’d like to take a moment to write about an often-ignored topic in teaching. Likely, it’s not covered in professional development or faculty meetings or college coursework, but I believe it is, nonetheless, a vital, living, breathing component of the classroom, which can transform learning and uplift students and teachers.

Humor. It’s present in some classrooms, dreadfully absent in others. It comes natural to some teachers, difficult for others.

Believe it or not, humor in...

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The Global Search for Education: Dear...

“American kids are now 10, 20, 50 or 90 times more likely to be on prescription psychiatric medications compared with kids in other countries (the rate varies depending on the diagnosis in question). I think it’s an important and disturbing trend.” — Dr. Leonard Sax

Dr. Leonard Sax graduated Phi Beta Kappa from MIT in...

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Woman's Record Climb Up Mount...

I found this recent news story of interest and wanted to share. Perhaps, it might be a writing prompt for your students. 

Imagine reaching the summit of Mount Everest. Now, imagine reaching it TWICE in one week. Anshu Jamsenpa, of India, set a new women’s record for a double ascent of Mount Everest in one season. Even more amazing, this is the FIFTH accent of Mount Everest by Jamsenpa! At 29,028 feet, some say it is now 29,035, Mount Everest stands about 5 1/2 miles above sea level!...

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Positioning Social Studies at the Center

It’s no secret that social studies regularly takes a back seat to other academic subjects. If teachers are honest, they will admit that they struggle to find time to teach social studies, and if they do, it’s crammed into the last minutes of the day, or perhaps creatively combined with other lessons.

What if there was another way to approach social studies? What if there was model that could provide students with meaningful, relevant social studies instruction, while at the same time...

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The Global Search for Education: Dear...

UCLA’s 2015 survey of US students found that “interest in political and civic engagement has reached the highest levels since the study began 50 years ago. Nearly 1 in 10 incoming first-year students expects to participate in student protests while in college.” In The 2014...

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The Global Search for Education: Dear...

In a technology driven, infinitely connected world, the roles of teachers and parents in the learning process are changing. Good communication is arguably more important than ever before. A teacher-parent relationship that’s in sync is the best way to create a positive experience and learning environment for each student. So how do teachers...

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Teaching Spirituality

I recall when teaching an undergraduate course, asking the pre-service teachers in the class to narrow down a chapter on student engagement and management to a single word. Not an easy task, but the group managed to list a series of words that encapsulated the concepts that would make teaching meaningful. Nowhere on the list were terms like assessment, targeted instruction, or remediation. Instead, the list looked this this: Love, Caring, Passion, Connection, Creativity, and Compassion. It...

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