Five Ways to Move Away from Compliance-Based Classrooms

Five Ways to Move Away from Compliance-Based Classrooms

In survey after survey, business leaders are clear about what they’re looking for in employees. They want creative, dynamic, and independent thinkers. They want people who work well with a variety of people. And, importantly, they don’t want to hire people who need to be motivated and

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When Students Learn to Choose, They Choose to Learn

Note: This article first appeared on Learning Personalized in April, 2016: http://www.learningpersonalized.com/students-learn-choose-choose-learn/. Thanks go out to my friend and colleague, Allison Zmuda, who originally published the post! I was recently working with a group of high school teachers, and they voiced a concern that I’ve heard many

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Promoting a Growth Mindset: An Activity to Try

Promoting a Growth Mindset: An Activity to Try

Many schools are working hard to help promote a growth mindset in their students. I recently facilitated a learning session with a group of teachers that I’d like to pass along. It is a simple activity that yielded some powerful thinking and concrete strategies. I encourage you

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Personalized Learning through Student-Led Research

Personalized Learning through Student-Led Research

Independent student research is making a comeback! After years of moving away from student-centered learning, due primarily to the over-emphasis of standardized testing, the movement toward differentiated instruction and personalized learning has reignited teachers’ interest in helping students conduct research on topics and themes that they find

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