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No teacher today questions the importance of critical thinking as a focus for teaching. Likewise, problem-solving. No surprise then that problem-based learning and inquiry-based learning play an increasing role in the kinds of learning tasks that teachers set for their students. Yet it is only a small minority of the teachers I meet who feel […]

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Busy week? We’re here to help. Here’s our roundup of top educational stories from the past seven days: What’s right with schools? Connecticut’s teacher of the year, Erin Berthold weighs in. From articulating goals to creating pride in student work, Edsurge shares the 4 keys to conducting personalized learning like a maestro. How do you teach […]

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Karen Fadum is a helping teacher in British Columbia, Canada, who previously taught 1st and 2nd grade. It was during her time as a classroom teacher that Karen started using digital portfolios to capture student learning and communicate it with families. Matt Renwick talks to Karen about her experience.  Matt Renwick: Why did you introduce digital […]

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Busy week? We’re here to help. Here’s our roundup of top educational stories from the past seven days: Students often lack the metacognitive skills they need to succeed, but they can develop these skills by addressing some simple questions. Edutopia takes a look at how Metacognition Boosts Learning. OECD Pisa has completed the first-ever assessment […]

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Busy week? We’re here to help. Here’s our roundup of top educational stories from the past seven days: The maker movement has provided many teachers and students opportunities to invite creativity back into the classroom, but it’s not all plain sailing. Getting Smart share 5 ways to overcome the challenges of implementing genius hour. Susannah […]

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The secret to project-based learning is action! Remember that not having all the answers is part of the process and asking for help from others is exactly what we would want our students to do. Look for online resources and blogs that serve as resources as you get started with ideas and you begin to […]

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Busy week? We’re here to help. Here’s our roundup of top educational stories from the past seven days: When looking at problem-solving in a real-world context, appropriate tech use needs to be a consideration. What technologies are available that can help us find a solution and how do we determine the right strategy? edCircuit shares six […]

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We each start our PBL journey from a different set of experiences. Whether you are a first-year teacher or a twenty-year veteran, we have found Krajcik and Blumenfeld’s (2006) five key features to PBL to be a helpful starting point to approach PBL in a constructivist manner. If you do a comparison of any current […]

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Busy week? We’re here to help. Here’s our roundup of top educational stories from the past seven days: The concept of personalized learning has recently come under fire, derided as emblematic of a technological takeover of education. But teachers know that personalized learning is designed to provide children with flexibility. Edsurge says, “It’s time to […]

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Busy week? We’re here to help. Here’s our roundup of top educational stories from the past seven days: Project-based learning can be powerful but complex. If you’ve tried implementing PBl, then you may have experienced projects losing their allure or failing to motivate students to engage in deeper learning. Expert, Frank McKay shares five pitfalls to […]

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