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Incorporating Global Competency into your Classroom

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Let’s face it, trying something new is scary. Whether it be a testing a new recipe, trying out a new hobby, or taking your...
A CLASSROOM CULTURE OF LEARNING

8 + 1 Ways to Create a Classroom Culture of Learning

When students move on from your classroom, with what do you want them to leave? More knowledge? Good grades? These are noble goals, but...

Multiple Perspectives on Collaborative Learning

By Kevin Scott Remember when we did everything we could to avoid eye contact with the teacher so we wouldn’t be put in a group...

Mythbusters: How Can We Use Data to Shift Mindsets?

By Kristen Swanson, Educational Leadership author Data, used carefully, can be the ultimate mythbuster. My colleagues and I explore this idea in “Eliminating the Blame...

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