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Developing A Stress-Reduction Plan—When...

While as a teacher right now you may be enjoying the beach, traveling, spending time with family, perhaps teaching a bit, or attending training in a more relaxed setting, the last thing on your mind right now is how to deal with the stress of the school year. But now might be the perfect time, when you have a clear mind, to learn about stress reduction methods you can apply for the coming academic year.

Teaching is considered one of the most stressful occupations (Hartigan, 2017;...

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Tour de France 2017 Has Begun! Possible...

Many of you are on vacation, but perhaps you are teaching summer school or are looking for an activity to use with your kids during the summer months.

The 2017, Tour de France began on July 1st and ends on July 23rd. It's considered the world's biggest and most exciting bicycling race. It is in...

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The Global Search for Education: Is...

A decade ago, many predicted that K-12 education might shift entirely online, especially in the upper grades. Michael Horn, co-founder of the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation, spoke of blended learning as the “new model that is student-centric, highly personalized for each learner, and more productive, as it delivers...

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Identifying Underrepresented Students...

Have you ever overlooked a child for gifted education services?

Be honest—then again, maybe they slipped through the cracks because, as many teachers do, you operated from some partially or completely inaccurate preconceived notions when identifying gifted students.

I’m writing about an old problem. It’s nothing new. But, before you stop reading, understand that this problem will remain a large problem unless school administrators and teachers do something about it...

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The Global Search for Education: "...

“We need courageous cathedral builders! We also need to address traditional experts’ biases clinging to their narrow domains, parents’ old personal experiences biasing their views, and teachers’ and administrators’ lack of training and leadership, respectively.” — Charles Fadel

All around us we are witnessing...

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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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Reconsidering Cultural Wealth in the...

As teachers, we should carefully examine what we consider important in classrooms. For instance, what language, customs, mannerisms, and social graces do we value above others in school settings. The concept of cultural capital theory was proposed by Pierre Bourdieu and Jean-Claude Passeron (1977) to explain differences in academic achievement among children in France’s educational system in the 1960s. Cultural capital can be thought of as the collection of elements—tastes, clothing,...

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