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How Parents Can Create a Nightly Homework Ritual for Reluctant Children

By Heather Miller
It’s hard to fault the child who resists doing homework. After all, she has already put in a long day at school, probably been involved in afterschool activities, and, as the late afternoon spills into evening, now faces a pile of assignments. Parents feel it, too — it’s no one’s favorite time of day.

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What Giving Students Choice Looks Like in the Classroom

Excerpted from “Just Ask Us: Kids Speak Out on Student Engagement” by Heather Wolpert-Gawron.
Read the companion piece, “Why Choice Matters to Student Learning,” for more about the research on student engagement and choice.
By Heather Wolpert-Gawron

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Why Choice Matters to Student Learning

Excerpted from “Just Ask Us: Kids Speak Out on Student Engagement” by Heather Wolpert-Gawron. The following is from the chapter “Give Us Choices.” 
By Heather Wolpert-Gawron
In 1971, Starbucks opened in Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington. Since then, according to recent math, Starbucks now offers up to 87,000 options for your sipping pleasure (“Starbucks Stay Mum on Drink Math,” 2008).

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Different Definitions of Personalized Learning Conflict, Cause Confusion

If you do a Google image search for “classroom,” you’ll mostly see one familiar scene: rows or groups of desks, with a spot at the front of the room for the teacher.

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Changing How Educators See Negative Experiences in the Classroom

Excerpted from The Trauma-Sensitive Classroom: Building Resilience with Compassionate Teaching © 2018 by Patricia A. Jennings. The following is from Chapter 8: “Compassion.” Used with the permission of the publisher, W. W. Norton & Co.
By Patricia A. Jennings
Overcoming the Negativity Bias

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What Teachers Can Do To Be More Inclusive Of LGBTQ Students

Back in September, teacher Mary Gilreath’s first-grade class was asked to wear blue for Peace Day. An adult worried the girls might not own blue shirts, and Gilreath saw an opportunity for her Boulder classroom. She shared the story with her students.
“What do you all think about that?” Gilreath asks them.
“Maybe it’s because girls mostly wear dresses?” a girl wonders.
“Oh, is that true?” Gilreath replies. “What do you all think?”
The first graders erupt in a chorus of “No!”

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What Adolescent Girls Wish Their Parents Understood About Them

This excerpt is from the girls’ section of “Will Puberty Last My Whole Life? REAL Answers to REAL Questions from Preteens About Body Changes, Sex, and Other Growing-Up Stuff” by Julie Metzger and Robert Lehmann. Some of the questions most frequently asked by adolescent girls are featured in this chapter, “How Can I Make My Family Seem Like More of an Option to Talk To? …And Other Questions About Your Relationship with Your Parents.”

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How to Answer the Questions Boys Ask Most Often About Puberty

Excerpted from the boys’ section of “Will Puberty Last My Whole Life? REAL Answers to REAL Questions from Preteens About Body Changes, Sex, and Other Growing-Up Stuff” by Dr. Robert Lehmann and Julie Metzger. Some of the questions most frequently asked by adolescent boys are featured in this chapter, “Will Puberty Last MY Whole Life?. . . And Other Questions About Puberty” especially the question, “Am I Normal?” 

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Procrastinating? Still? How a Tomato Timer Can Help You Stop Putting Things Off

Excerpted from “LEARNING HOW TO LEARN: How to Succeed in School Without Spending All Your Time Studying” by Barbara Oakley, PhD, and Terrence Sejnowski, PhD, with Alistair McConville, published by TarcherPerigee, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House, LLC. Copyright (c) 2018 by Barbara Oakley and Terrence Sejnowski.

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