Katrina Schwartz

How The Way We Talk to Boys May Be Stunting Them

Over the last several decades researchers have examined the differences in how boys and girls are treated by parents, teachers, employers and society extensively.

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How Extra Year of High School Can Set Students Up for College Success

When Ricky Sierra graduated from Da Vinci Design High School in Wiseburn, California near Los Angeles, she was excited to be attending Sonoma State University. She had considered completing her general education requirements at a community college closer to home, but was eager to get settled at a four-year university. Just one semester later she found herself unhappy and wanting to leave school.

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How Constraints Can Stimulate Creative Solutions

Creativity has become a coveted skill as the world’s problems get bigger and more complex.

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How Do You Know When A Teaching Strategy Is Most Effective? John Hattie Has An Idea

Untangling education research can often feel overwhelming, which may be why many research-based practices take a long time to show up in real classrooms. It could also be one reason John Hattie’s work and book, Visible Learning, appeals to so many educators.

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Empowering Principals As Designers Capable of Retooling School

When vice principal Tim Carlin arrived at Everitt Middle School in Jefferson County, Colorado, he wanted to hold a schoolwide assembly, a pretty common activity in most schools. But his principal told him that the school didn’t hold assemblies anymore because too many kids were getting suspended for bad behavior when they did. That was the first clue that the school culture was not positive at Everitt, and it was clear the negativity and stress were affecting, students, teachers and staff alike.

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What Advantages Come With Breaking Up Strict Grade Levels in High School?

Multiage classrooms are not common in public elementary schools, but when they exist they aren’t a huge surprise. Montessori schools have celebrated the benefits of mixed age groups for decades, but the practice hasn’t often spread to high school.

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Why Teachers Should Help Students Learn Effective Study Strategies

For teachers, the carefully controlled conditions of education research can seem ridiculous when the reality of the classroom involves regular interruptions, absences and general chaos.

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Why Effective Practice Is Just As Important As the Hours of Practice

Practice is an important part of becoming skilled at anything, which may be why there are so many axiom’s like “practice makes perfect” floating around common parlance. But what’s happening in the brain when we practice?
Researchers believe that practice helps build up the protective layer of myelin, the fatty substance that protects axons in the brain. Axons move electrical signals from the brain to our muscles and when they are better protected by thick myelin they move more efficiently, creating an “information superhighway” between the brain and muscles.

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Projects, Passion, Peers and Play: Seymour Papert’s Vision For Learning

Many of the ideas that have become popular in education today like the power of projects and collaboration — not to mention the way technology could change learning — are rooted in ideas put forward by Seymour Papert, who died in 2016. His legacy lives on at the MIT Media Lab, where Mitch Resnick, a key figure behind the development of the kids programming language Scratch, tries to carry Papert’s ideas forward.

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The Essential Underpinnings Of Shifting to ‘Modern Learning’

Will Richardson and Bruce Dixon are two longtime education activists and reformers who have become increasingly convinced that the current education model is not preparing students for a world in which computers can do much of what humans used to do and in which creative thinking is highly prized. They consult with school leaders around the world for their company Educating Modern Learners.

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