Yearly Archives: 2014

5 Ways to Assess Social Emotional Learning

    Social emotional learning (SEL) has been a growing conversation in the education sphere. In response to a shift away from “content is king,” SEL brings a more holistic view of learning, counting student behavior and interaction with others as … Continue reading


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5 Ways to Spend Your Winter Break

You walk in the door, drop the bag of grading you brought home, and set down your laptop on the table.  2 weeks to yourself. You’ve thought about this precious time for the past few months, and especially during the … Continue reading


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30 Reasons to Be Thankful You’re a Teacher

The blaring alarm at 6 AM, the papercuts from trying to quickly grade tests, struggling to find a balance between caring-too-much for your students and not-caring-enough about your own need for sleep. Teaching comes with a lot of baggage, and … Continue reading


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Your PBL Checklist

Project Based Learning (PBL) has been touted as one (of many) cure-alls for education. It’s an elixir of academically challenging work mixed in with some social-emotional skill development, and a dash of innovation. Projects range in complexity and creativity, from … Continue reading


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Design Thinking: Ideas for the Classroom

We have a special treat this week on the blog! Our friend Stephanie over at the USC Rossier School of Education shares her tips and ideas for how to incorporate the concept of design thinking into your classroom. There’s some … Continue reading


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Student Engagement: No Tricks, Only Treats!

“Because I said so.” Many parents have uttered these words in exasperation at their children, trying–usually in vain–to motivate obstinate offspring to perform some kind of mindless chore. This phrase rarely works for parents, yet for decades educators also tried … Continue reading


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TED Talks: Three Talks to Get You and Your Students Asking #WhyNotUs

Sort of like road trip-happy parents of classic family-vacation lore, we spend the summer taking young people across the country on long road trips. Fortunately for us, our Roadtrippers are eager to jump on board the Green RV and don’t … Continue reading


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TEACH Roadtrip: Perspectives on Education

Our TEACH Roadtrip team is getting ready to hit the road in a few weeks! These road-trippers are all interested in pursuing paths in education, so we are collaborating with Participant Media’s TEACH Campaign to give them the opportunity to speak with … Continue reading


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Prep with Pinterest

Every educator, in one form or another, is a graphic designer, DIY crafter, and life-hacker all rolled into one. Educators were the maker movement before it was a movement. With limited budgets and a bundle of supplies, they can craft … Continue reading


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‘Tis the season…

…for commencement speeches! It’s that time of year when we sit on bleachers under the beating hot sun for an average of four hours watching processions of graduates. It’s also the time of year when actors, comedians, CEOs, and changemakers … Continue reading


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