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Guest blogger Brendan O'Keefe on the many benefits of intergenerational learning.
Mentor and community facilitator Brendan O'Keefe reflects on how people can teach and learn from each other at any age.
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Here's a good antidote to "Why do we have to learn this?" Use science to make math relevant. Science is, after all, applied math.
Blogger Ben Johnson makes a case for more collaboration between math and science teachers.
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Interesting map of the billionaire brothers' influence.
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David and Charles Koch, the secretive oil billionaires whose support in the White House race could prove crucial for Herman Cain, Mitt Romney and Rick Perry, are planning a vast database of Republican...
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Those of us who consider art to be the lifeblood of our sanity will recognize the truth in this blow. :)
Blogger Andrew Miller celebrates teachers who engage their students' cognitive abilities through creative methods.
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I had the opportunity to see this film -- Project Happiness -- recently and it's exactly what we need right now. With a relatively small amount of self-awareness, the film posits, we can begin to strengthen our minds against a lot of the negativity and craziness that's in our world today. The filmmaker developed a 7-part curricula series with the help of a number of thought leaders. We'll be running one new lesson a month on Edutopia. Hope you'll join us.
Filmmaker Randy Taran introduces a seven part blog series that includes curricula for adults and students to better understand happiness. For her research, she interviewed many thought leaders includ...
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The newest installment of Edutopia's Schools that Work series focuses on Mesquite Elementary, one of the lowest-resourced schools in the state that's implementing an exciting (and effective) differentiated instruction program.
With hard work and plenty of district support, Mesquite Elementary School has proven that budget cuts don’t have to mean the end of excellence.
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A nice summary of the benefits of Common Core on English Language Arts...
In the second of their series, Virginia Goatley and Brenda Overturf look at how the Common Core State Standards can help teachers build a new language arts curriculum.
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Today, 11.11.11, students participating in the One Day in the Life project are recording their lives to share with others. Teacher Chris Baer shares his experiences participating in this last year with his students.
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Like the rest of American society, there is a prevailing "out with the old, in with the new" attitude with respect to educators. Guest blogger Pernille Ripp shows why that's really really bad, and what veteran teachers can do about it.
Blogger Pernille Ripp looks at the alarming devaluation of veteran teachers and their contributions.
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Reading this made me really excited for the future of education. These two teachers have figured out how to use technology to set up two classrooms to engage in Socratic seminar. This idea of "inner circle, outer circle" makes for a meaningful classroom "backchannel" -- especially helpful to those of us who would rather get a root canal than present to the whole class. Really cool!
Teachers John Suralik and Blake Wiggs teach at two schools 23 miles apart from each other. But by using Skype and the inner circle, outer circle model, they are bringing the a 21st century Socratic se...
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There is a lot of buzz around the flipped classroom model. Blogger and AP Chemistry Ramsay Musallam covers the pros and cons and offers a framework to help you consider whether flipping is the approac...
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If you've not heard of him, Salman Khan has produced a series of instructional videos so kids can view math lesson content at home. The ideas is to take the lecture out of the classroom, give it to kids to view at home. Then teachers can focus classtime on integrating information, creativity, projects, synthesis. Intriguing model. Would love to hear from educators who have used Khan's materials.
The founder of Khan Academy discusses how his videos can help create a
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Senior blog editor and community manager at the George Lucas Educational Foundation. I'm also a mom, screenwriter, DJ, entrepreneur, artist, baker, and of course, candlestick-maker. 
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