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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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How Being Part of a ‘House’ Within a School Helps Students Gain A Sense of Belonging

Sept. 30, 2016 was a big day for Lake Canyon Elementary. Students, teachers, and staff arrived at the Galt, California, school wearing white shirts and before long were sent to stand by one of six large cardboard boxes. After a drum roll, cannons sprayed confetti over each cluster of students. The color matched one of six new banners, like the orange one reading “Sebete” and featuring a bear meant to symbolize courage. As music played, the boxes were ripped open to reveal matching T-shirts.

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How to Use Oral Presentations to Help English Language Learners Succeed

Excerpted from “The ELL Teacher’s Toolbox: Hundreds of Practical Ideas to Support Your Students,” by Larry Ferlazzo and Katie Hull Sypnieski, with permission from the authors.

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Why Designing for Disability Leads to Better Solutions for Everyone

In her TEDx talk, Elise Roy describes how losing her hearing when she was a child forced her to become an excellent problem solver because she was able to identify issues someone else might not have ever noticed.

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4 Tools for Teaching Teamwork and Collaboration in the Classroom

Everyone — from businesses to sports franchises — is on a quest to crack the code of the perfect team. Google spent years studying their working teams and determined that success wasn’t based on “who” was on a team but on the culture created by the team — for example, a group that takes turns talking vs. one in which members speak over one another.

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What Happens to Student Behavior When Schools Prioritize Art

Excerpt from You, Your Child, and School: Navigate Your Way to the Best Education by Sir Ken Robinson, Ph. D and Lou Aronica, published on March 13, 2018 by Viking, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC. Copyright by Ken Robinson, 2018.
Room to Maneuver

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