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Student Well-Being Opinion In Uncertain Times, Students Need to Be Able to Adapt
They might need to hang in there when the going gets tough, but it’s also important to adjust when circumstances change.
Andrew Martin, January 19, 2022
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Student Well-Being Opinion How to Encourage Student Curiosity and Why It's OK to Break the Rules
All kids are born wanting to learn. Angela Duckworth shares research on how to encourage student curiosity.
Angela Duckworth, January 12, 2022
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Teaching Opinion Students Can Make a Difference in the World. Here’s How to Inspire Them
One person alone can’t solve climate change, social inequality, or the pandemic. But working as a group is powerful stuff.
Angela Duckworth, November 17, 2021
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Student Well-Being Opinion When Students Feel Helpless, Here’s How to Empower Them
What all young people need in order to fulfill their dreams and their potential: the conviction that they can shape their own future.
Angela Duckworth, November 10, 2021
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Teaching Opinion How to Make Hard Decisions Easier (for Yourself and Others)
Having too many options can be paralyzing. Here’s how to structure choices to make daunting decisions feel doable.
Eric J. Johnson, November 3, 2021
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Student Well-Being What the Research Says The SEL Skills That May Matter Most for Academic Success: Curiosity and Persistence
Across 11 countries, those two skills tracked most closely with academic success for 10- and 15-year-olds in a first-of-a-kind study.
Sarah D. Sparks, October 29, 2021
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Teaching Opinion The Real Reason Why Students Don’t Ask Teachers for Help
Students know when they need help, but they’re embarrassed to ask. Here’s how to formalize and normalize help-seeking.
Vanessa Bohns, October 6, 2021
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Student Well-Being Opinion Our Country Is Polarized: How to Have Constructive Classroom Conversations
We all need to cultivate intellectual humility more than ever and model these skills for students.
Eranda Jayawickreme, September 29, 2021
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Student Well-Being Opinion Educators, Be Future-Ready, But Don’t Ignore the Present
Being ready for what lies ahead is important, but we also need to gain a better understanding of the here and now.
Peter DeWitt, September 8, 2021
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Student Well-Being Opinion How Reinterpreting Your Emotions Can Change How You Feel
Emotions come from thoughts—not your situation, but how you interpret your situation. Here’s what to ask yourself to help you decode.
Angela Duckworth, August 18, 2021
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Student Well-Being Opinion A Writing Exercise That Helps Students Build Resilience
When kids write about their successes, they also think about all they had to overcome—which helps both confidence and capability.
Brady K. Jones, June 9, 2021
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School & District Management Opinion Young People Have a Desire to Save Their World. How Can We Help?
Young people have an interest in learning and an innate desire to be part of saving society. Why do adults stand in the way?
Michael Fullan & Joanne Quinn, May 2, 2021
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Teaching Opinion 'The Essence of Critical Thinking Is Testing Claims With Evidence'
Three educators discuss how to cultivate critical thinking among students, including by using "design" and "computational" thinking.
Larry Ferlazzo, March 23, 2021
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