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September 17, 2014

Phone Calls With Whales: The Power of Fiction in Children's Lives

Author Mac Barnett shows the importance of bringing some absurdity into the world, especially where children are concerned.

September 17, 2014

Survey: Death of High Schoolers' Reading Habits Greatly Exaggerated

A recent poll shows that high school students are reading just as much as the rest of the population, and sometimes more.

September 17, 2014

A Teacher's Experiment: Traffic Lights or Critical Thinking?

Many values are changing rapidly in our new context, and this is especially true in communication. We should be careful as educators not let our own pre-Internet upbringing bias us toward the old.

September 15, 2014

Both F2F & Tech Communication Need Strong Content & Connection

Today's kids will need to communicate effectively both face-to-face and electronically – and each kid's preferences will be different. But all communication, in whatever form, should include both strong content and strong connection.

September 11, 2014

Using Technology to Support Learning for At-Risk Students

A review of research finds three characteristics of effective technology use for students placed at-risk.

September 08, 2014

"The Silent Praying Position" (Response to a comment)

Human communication paradigms are changing rapidly, and we need to figure out how to best help our kids communicate well — and to balance technological and face-to-face communication.

September 08, 2014

Student-Centered Practices for Underserved Youth

Examples from high-performing schools show that student-centerd practices are effective for all students, particularly those who have been underserved.

September 01, 2014

It's a Great Time to Be Young (and Old)!

If you are a person interested in creating new things, going new places and improving the world, this is probably the best time to be alive. Today's kids are fledglings on the ledge of a new future. Our job is help them leave the aerie and soar.

August 08, 2014

Voice and Choice in the Classroom

Giving students a role in determining what they learn deepens their engagement and learning.

August 05, 2014

Laugh More, Sing More, Trust More

A week of a cappella classes and a teacher who never learned to sing.

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