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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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College & Workforce Readiness Letter to the Editor Are Students Ready for Post-Pandemic Reality?
Schools must make improving students' essential skills a priority for college and career success, says the CEO and president of CAE.
March 23, 2021
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Teaching Opinion Integrating Critical Thinking Into the Classroom
Four educators offer suggestions on helping students develop critical-thinking skills, including through the use of "evaluative praise."
Larry Ferlazzo, March 22, 2021
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Teaching Opinion Eight Instructional Strategies for Promoting Critical Thinking
Four educators share tips for supporting the development of critical thinking in the classroom.
Larry Ferlazzo, March 21, 2021
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Student Well-Being Opinion What Research Says About Breaking the Negative Thought Cycle
We are all worrying more than ever, given the pandemic, a racial reckoning, and extreme political polarization. Here’s what to do about it.
Ethan Kross, March 3, 2021
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Teacher Aaron Volkoff demonstrates via Zoom how to monitor a heart rate for the students in his Exercise Science class at Lakewood High School in Long Beach, Calif.<br/>
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Future of Work How Virtual Learning Is Falling Short on Preparing Students for Future Careers
The pandemic is helping some students gain virtual working skills, but many are being left behind.
Alyson Klein, March 2, 2021
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Future of Work The COVID-19 Economy Is Putting Vulnerable Students' Career Prospects at High Risk
The EdWeek Research Center conducted a survey of educators to understand which students are now most at risk for job limitations.
Alyson Klein, March 2, 2021
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Future of Work Top U.S. Companies: These Are the Skills Students Need in a Post-Pandemic World
Blue Cross Blue Shield, Delta, Apple, and others make the case for schools to help students develop resilience, adaptability, and empathy.
Mark Lieberman, March 2, 2021
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Teaching Opinion Remote Learning Makes Time Management Even Harder
Blaming students for bad use of time is like blaming them for poor reading, write two veteran teacher coaches.
Emily Rinkema & Stan Williams, February 26, 2021
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