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Flag Day is coming, a day to honor the...

Flag Day is coming, a day to honor the flag of the United States.  Flag Day is June 14th.

Fun Flag Facts:

  1. A vexillologist is someone who studies flags!
  2. Most flags have the colors red and white.
  3. Only Vatican City and the country of Switzerland have square flags.
  4. Most world flags are rectangle in shape. The flag of the country of Nepal is the only one which is not rectangular or square in shape.
  5. When Sir Edmond...

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The Power of Creative Inquiry in the...

“Memorable learning is the consequence of creative teaching, and creative teaching embraces the arts. If you are fortunate, you had a few creative teachers—ones like those who challenge students to write long division raps, choreograph geometry dances, perform World War II radio commercials, and paint literary quotes on ceiling tiles.”

(From: Creating Meaning Through Literature and the Arts)

 

As a teacher, picture how you...

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The Story of “Joe” and the Need to...

While I shared his tale during a few presentations, I never committed the story of “Joe” to writing. I feel his story can inspire and perhaps encourage adults (teachers, parents, coaches) to help young people reach their potential by setting up the proper conditions. Gifted students, for instance, often spend half the school day or more learning curriculum they already know―hardly the conditions for excellence to blossom. In Joe’s case, he knew the curriculum (as evidenced by...

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The Global Search for Education: Meet...

“My role is to ensure that every child and young person in Scotland gets the best education and the same opportunity to succeed, irrespective of their background.”— John Swinney

Prior to his election as Westminster MP for North Tayside in 1997, John Swinney held a number of posts in the...

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Got A Minute, Two or Five? Ideas for...

I am a strong believer in having kids on task throughout the class session. Lessons rarely finished “early” and if they did, I always had something for the kids to do until the class ended. I usually didn’t give students “free time” to start homework or to read a book or magazine. That’s because that seemed to be a signal to have a chat fest. If I started the class by quickly checking homework or doing some clerical things, I had a bell ringer (is this term still used?) or activity for the...

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"It Felt Like I had a 1,000...

Several years ago, a colleague and I conducted a pilot study that involved teaching 24 gifted elementary students how to meditate and practice other mindfulness techniques. Mindfulness has many definitions but generally involves training one’s mind to purposely pay attention. Each Friday, we met in the school’s media center and had the students practice breathing methods, visualization, yoga, mindful eating and walking, and gratitude. Following each practice, we interviewed the students...

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Around the World in 30 Days: April 2017

C. M. Rubin’s Monthly Global Education Report

Innovation guru Clay Christensen has his eyes on Parenting. In a revealing interview with CMRubinWorld this month...

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The Global Search for Education: Hey...

It’s called the economy of life-long learning - aka the digital age, aka the fourth industrial revolution. And we’re just at the beginning. Newer and newer technologies are creating accelerating changes impacting the way we live, work, produce and consume. Within the next decade, it is expected that more than a trillion sensors...

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The Global Search for Education: Global...

So search engine giant Google had this neat idea a few years ago to allow its engineers to spend 20% of their time working on things that really interested them – the goal being to inspire creativity and indirectly increase productivity. Some significant innovations came out of Google’s 20% time. Well-publicized “20% products”...

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The Global Search for Education: Is...

A good life is not one that is free from struggle, but one in which people have the tools to overcome what life throws at them. By that logic, a good parent is one who immerses his child in lots of small, authentic opportunities to navigate and conquer challenges.” 

— Clay Christensen

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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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