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How Social Studies Can Help Young Kids Make Sense of the World

This story about social studies instruction is part of a series about innovative practices in the core subjects in the early grades.

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Will New Standards Improve Elementary Science Education?

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How to Prepare Students in the Early Years to Read at Grade Level

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How to Boost Math Skills in the Early Grades

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Raising Kids Who Want To Read — Even During The Summer

This piece combines two interviews from 2015 and 2016.
You sneak them into backpacks and let them commingle with the video games (hoping some of the latter’s appeal will rub off). You lay them around the kids’ beds like stepping stones through the Slough of Despond and, for good measure, Vitamix them to an imperceptible pulp for the occasional smoothie.

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More States Opting To ‘Robo-Grade’ Student Essays By Computer

Here’s a little pop quiz.
Multiple-choice tests are useful because:
A: They’re cheap to score.
B: They can be scored quickly.
C: They score without human bias.
D: All of the above.
It would take a computer about a nano-second to mark “D” as the correct answer. That’s easy.
But now, machines are also grading students’ essays. Computers are scoring long form answers on anything from the fall of the Roman Empire, to the pros and cons of government regulations.

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The Benefits of Cultivating Curiosity in Kids

Jamie Jirout was not the sort of student who simply took a textbook at its word. In her first semester of college, she asked her psychology professor if she could assist in the professor’s research. Jirout’s interest wasn’t fueled by the fact that she found the coursework convincing — quite the opposite.
“I’d read something in the textbook and then I’d think, that doesn’t really make sense with what I’ve seen, how do they know that?” she recalls. She wanted to reconcile that gap and so, threw herself into research.

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How Transparent is School Data When Parents Can’t Find it or Understand it?

When Mosi Zuberi learned that his 18-year-old son, Kaja, might not graduate from McClymonds High School in Oakland, he anguished over his parenting missteps, wondering where he had gone wrong. Yet, after seeing data from the California School Dashboard and learning that close to one-fifth of McClymonds’ students were not graduating, he mentally shifted some accountability to the school, seeing a systemic failure to meet the needs of all students.

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Making Schools Safer: Harsh Consequences, Or Second Chances?

“For the last 14 years I had been a stay at home mom and a soccer mom of three kids,” says Lori Alhadeff. “On Valentine’s Day my daughter was brutally shot down and murdered and I became a school safety activist.”
That day at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, when a 19-year-old former student killed Alyssa Alhadeff and 16 other people, changed many lives.
And it pushed the question of school safety once again to the front and center.

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How To Get Kids To Pay Attention

Fifteen years ago, psychologists Barbara Rogoff and Maricela Correa-Chavez ran a simple experiment. They wanted to see how well kids pay attention — even if they don’t have to.
They would bring two kids, between the ages 5 to 11, into a room and have them sit at two tables.
Then they had a research assistant teach one of the kids how to assemble a toy.
The other kid was told to wait. Rogoff says they would tell the second child, “You can sit over here, and in a few minutes you’ll have a turn to make this origami jumping mouse,” — a different task altogether.

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