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What Believing in the Possibilities Can Do For Learning and Teaching

In medicine, the placebo effect is well known, but still mysterious. Through some unknown connection between mind and body, placebos produce changes in brain states, immune systems, blood pressure and hormone levels. Although most of us think of a placebo … Continue reading

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How a Bigger Purpose Can Motivate Students to Learn

A few years ago, psychologist David Yeager and his colleagues noticed something interesting while interviewing high school students in the San Francisco Bay Area about their hopes, dreams and life goals. It was no surprise that students often said that … Continue reading

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Celebrate Pi Day, which is also Albert Einstein’s birthday!

Happy 3.14159265358979323846264 Day! That’s right, Pi Day is coming on 3/14, and the annual celebration offers a great opportunity for students to explore Pi! (It’s also Albert Einstein’s birthday. There are plenty of wonderful facts in this online Einstein biography.) … Continue reading

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New Report – Progress and Proficiency: Redesigning Grading for Competency Education available from CompetencyWorks

Progress and Proficiency: Redesigning Grading for Competency Education CompetencyWorks brief highlights analysis for more reliable indicators of student achievement A new report released today by CompetencyWorks, titled Progress and Proficiency: Redesigning Grading for Competency Education , helps education leaders think … Continue reading

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How to Get Started with Blended Learning

Administrators often get excited about the possibilities for technology and personal devices to enhance learning. But education technology experts offer a warning: Don’t buy devices without a plan for how they will enhance learning. Administrators must decide on specific learning … Continue reading

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Five Musts for Mastery

Getting students to “mastery” implies that they have mastered a concept, have learned everything there is to know about it, and are ready to move on. This definition of mastery doesn’t sit well with me. I’ve studied topics for years … Continue reading

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General Information on the Common Core State Standards

Duncan Pushes Back on Attacks on Common Core Standards Arne Duncan Remarks at the American Society of News Editors Annual Convention, Capital Hilton, Washington, D.C. Academic standards used to be just a subject for after-school department meetings and late-night state … Continue reading

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